Running away with it
They might not be competing with each other for style points, but fourth-ranked Dutchtown and East Ascension both ran away from their opponents Friday night with huge offensive outputs.
The Griffins headed into their home game with Sulphur fresh off of a 45-0 blanking of parish rival Donaldsonville. Even though Dutchtown won that game with ease, they were looking to clean up some mistakes that hampered them due to having to cancel their first game because of Hurricane Isaac.
They sure cleaned up well. Sulphur came in 1-1 and appeared to have a good enough squad to challenge the Griffins, but that never came close to happening.
In a game played in the memory of Burke Cobb, the freshman-to-be that tragically died during an off-season workout due to a previously-undiagnosed heart condition, Dutchtown hammered the Golden Tors 49-17.
Big plays were coming from everywhere.
Corey McBride broke loose on a 56-yard touchdown run on the Griffins' very first play from scrimmage and later, he scored on a 66-yard sprint.
He finished with 122 yards and two touchdowns on just three carries.
Mason Nickens unleashed big plays from the air as he hit Torrance Mosley for a 75-yard touchdown and then Shelby Christy for a 49-yard score. To top it all off, he connected with Marquillis Holden for another six points.
Nickens ended up completing nine of 13 passes for 234 yards and the three touchdowns with an additional 53 yards coming on the ground.
Dutchtown amassed a booming 523 total yards.
The only concern may be on defense for the Griffins as they gave up 361 yards, but they did force Sulphur into three turnovers--including two interceptions. That gives the opportunistic squad eight picks through the first two games.
The Griffin defensive unit will certainly get tested this week as they go on the road to face one of the most explosive offenses in the state in Zachary. The Broncos are averaging 44 points a game
As for Dutchtown's district rival, East Ascension pitched a shutout on the road against Walker 49-0.
The Spartans have been on fire since their embarrassing 42-14 loss to U-High, a game made at the last minute due to Hurricane Isaac.
East Ascension bounced back quickly to destroy Sarah Reed 62-6 and just kept the momentum going with the steam-rolling of Walker.
The Spartan rushing attack terrorized the Wildcats all night as they piled up 266 yards on the ground. Much of that total was ran up by Sione Palelei and Michael Sparrow--who each scored two touchdowns.
Sparrow made the biggest splash as he scored on a 93-yard run to put the game out of reach at 21-0 in the first quarter.
Layne Trahan did his part through the air as he chipped in with two touchdown passes.
The Spartans had 457 yards of total offense while their defense held Walker to a pedestrian 117.
East Ascension will go on the road again this Friday night to face 1-1 Madeville--a team fresh off of a 28-13 win over Sumner.