Landon Collins, Mason Nickens pace Dutchtown in 43-22 win over Zachary

Michael Tortorich
Dutchtown quarterback Mason Nickens hands the ball to running back Landon Collins Friday night against Zachary. Collins scored five touchdowns, while Nickens ran for one and threw for another.

GEISMAR – Dutchtown pulled away with 14 unanswered points in the second half to break a closely-contested game Friday against Zachary.

The exclamation point on the 43-22 Griffins win came when running back Landon Collins dashed to a 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. It marked Collins’ fifth touchdown of the night.

Dutchtown quarterback Mason Nickens helped swing the momentum his team’s way when he scored on a 16-yard run in the second. He also connected with wide receiver Shelby Christy on a 36-yard touchdown pass in the third.

Dutchtown (4-0) held Zachary (3-1) scoreless in the second half. The Broncos showed signs of a comeback in the second after the Griffins had built a 14-3 lead  after one quarter.

Collins scored twice in the first on runs of 24 and 12 yards. Tyler Sarrazin accounted for six point-after kicks on the night. Nickens ran for a two-point conversion after his touchdown carry.

The Griffins, who ran for 485 yards, were led by Collins (179 yards on seven carries), Austen Brown (157 yards on 18 carries) and Nickens (139 yards on 16 carries.

While Dutchtown relied on a steady diet of running, Zachary leaned on the passing attack, compiling 250 yards through the air.

The Broncos opened the scoring with a field goal before Collins struck twice. Then Mason Pace hit Ladarrius Vessell for a 19-yard touchdown pass.

After another Collins score, Pace found Conner Haynes on a 25-yard touchdown throw. The duo would connect again from 25 yards out after another Collins run.

Pace scored on a touchdown run in the second to close out Zachary’s output for the night. The conversion run failed.

Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia gave credit to the Griffins’ offensive line for helping the trio of Collins, Nickens and Brown to record such lofty rushing statistics. The line is comprised of Jared Spriggs, Zac Hill, Brian Hernandez, John Saxon and Zannie Black.

Dutchtown made adjustments at halftime to defense Zachary’s screen passes. Saia said the coaching staff addressed it by tightening coverage.

“We just had to execute,”?he said.

Zachary head coach Neil Weiner said his team played well offensively in the first half.

“You have to give them credit, they shut us out (in the second half),” he said.

Dutchtown will travel Friday to take on Destrehan, a former district rival. It will be the last nondistrict game of the year for the Griffins.

Michael Tortorich is Sports Editor at the Gonzales Weekly Citizen. You can contact him by emailing sports @, calling 644-6397, or read more about his stories on Twitter by following @WeeklyCitizen.

Dutchtown's Landon Collins scores one of his five touchdowns Friday against Zachary.