Dutchtown dashes Destrehan

Staff reports
Dutchtown players Landon Collins, Keynan Edwards, Shelby Christy and David Elias prepare for action.

DESTREHAN – Dutchtown cruised to a 28-7 win over former district rival Destrehan Friday night.

Dutchtown quarterback Mason Nickens scored on touchdown runs of 39 and 12 yards. Senior standout Landon Collins opened the scoring with a 74-yard run. Antoine Magras added a 16-yard touchdown run.

Dutchtown claimed its 17th win over the last 18 games.

Nickens ran for 106 yards, helping the Griffins rush for a total of 283. Collins finished with 105 yards on seven carries.

Senior defensive back Jacolby Bureau recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass. Dutchtown allowed just one score, a 2-yard run by Kevin Smith in the fourth quarter.

Collins made his presence known early when he took his first handoff from Nickens out of the shotgun formation, then proceeded to carve his way through the secondary and dash to the end zone. It was the first play from scrimmage.

Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said it was advantageous to play with an early lead.

Destrehan (2-3) controlled the ball for much of the first half, putting together drives but fumbling away scoring opportunities.

The Wildcats had a drive go 70 yards to the Dutchtown 13, but a fumble went to Bureau, who returned it 44 yards to thwart the threat.

Destrehan’s next series went 71 yards to the Dutchtown 7. That drive ended when Bureau picked up another fumble and raced 90 yards to the Destrehan 3.

Dutchtown (5-0) missed a field goal wide left, and went into halftime with a 7-0 lead.

The Griffins took over the game in the second half. Nickens gave Dutchtown a two-touchdown advantage when he broke free through the middle on the first drive of the third quarter. The touchdown capped a five-play, 65-yard drive.

Magras extended the Griffins’ lead to 21-0 when he went up the middle for a score at the 6:06 mark in the fourth.

Nickens added his second touchdown with 1:05 remaining, putting the game away for the Griffins.

Dutchtown opens District 5-5A play against Ascension Parish rival St. Amant at The Pit on Friday.