Dutchtown holds off Donaldsonville in meeting of parish foes

Michael Tortorich
Donaldsonville’s Jaquel Grant catches a touchdown pass as Dutchtown’s Tevin Reed gives chase.

GEISMAR?– A rare meeting of Ascension Parish teams from different classifications ended with Dutchtown fending off Donaldsonville.

The 35-22 victory for the second-ranked Griffins of Class 5A came with a stubborn battle from the visiting Tigers of Class 3A.

Dutchtown (2-0) struck early and mounted a 35-8 lead by halftime, which allowed them to begin substituting reserve players. Then the?Tigers began to close the gap, which led to some nervous feelings on the Dutchtown sideline.

Griffins head coach Benny Saia said they felt good about working in some fresh players with the lead at half.

Dutchtown running back Austen Brown scored three touchdowns in the first half on runs of 12, 3 and 9 yards. He had 87 yards on 11 carries by the time the teams went to the locker rooms for halftime.

Griffins quarterback Mason Nickens compiled 77 yards on eight carries, while running back Landon Collins recorded 71 yards on four attempts, one of which was a 10-yard touchdown run. Running back Antoine Margras added 45 yards on four carries with a 13-yard touchdown.

Collins scored the Griffins’ first touchdown on a run around the left side with 10:01 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point failed.

Donaldsonville (0-2) answered Dutchtown’s opening touchdown on the Tigers’ second drive. Quarterback Devon Breaux found Jaquel Grant open along the right sideline for a 60-yard catch and run for a score at the 7:56 mark in the first. Running back Tre Brown carried on the two-point conversion, lifting Donaldsonville to an 8-6 lead.

The Griffins answered quickly, scoring four times in their next six drives.

Brown scored at the 4:52 mark and at 1:24 in the first, extending the Dutchtown lead to 18-8. Collins set up the second score for Brown after a long run on a fake punt.

Dutchtown extended its lead with 11:49 left in the second when the ball went out of the back of the end zone for a safety.

Brown and Nickens combined to pace the Griffins on a drive that ended at the 8:03 mark in the second. Brown’s score gave Dutchtown a 28-8 lead.

Magras’ touchdown came at the 4:39 mark in the second.

Despite the halftime deficit, Donaldsonville was able to mount a comeback, which pleased Tigers head coach Terence Williams.

My guys fought until the end,”?he said, acknowledging the Griffins’ stature as the second-ranked team in the state.

Breaux accounted for three touchdown (two passing and one running) and 355 passing yards.

Grant caught 12 passes for 163 yards, while Leandre James tallied eight for 130 yards. Each recorded a touchdown.

In the second half, all of the points were scored by the Tigers.

Breaux connected with James on a 75-yard pass late in the third quarter.

In the fourth, Breaux scored on a 3-yard carry.

Dutchtown's Landon Collins leaps to bat away a pass.