Picking up steam

Kyle Riviere
Dutchtown quarterback Mason Nickens looks for running room in the Griffins' 28-0 shutout win over Woodlawn.

The fifth-ranked Dutchtown Griffins didn't win a ton of style points Friday night, but they didn't have to.

Their defense was dominant--keeping Woodlawn off of the scoreboard, and their offense did just enough as they shut out the Panthers 28-0 for their third district win.

Woodlawn played inspired football as they fought hard to finally get into the win-column for the first time this year.

That hunger showed right out of the gates as they forced Dutchtown to go three-and-out on their first two offensive series. However, the Panther offense could never capitalize.

The Griffin attack could be held down for only so long. They finally began to find success.

Austen Brown ended the drought late in the first quarter when he ran in for a one-yard score to give Dutchtown a 7-0 lead.

The explosive Torrance Mosley gave the Griffins a 14-point advantage at halftime when he broke loose on a 17-yard touchdown run.

With Woodlawn still hanging around, Dutchtown used two scores on offense and a forced turnover on defense to close the door shut in the third quarter.

They began the period with Mason Nickens hooking up with Corey McBride for an 11-yard touchdown. They added to the lead when Brown scored for the second time--this time from two yards out.

With the 28-0 lead, the Griffin defense began to make plays.

Woodlawn finally put together a good drive late in the third quarter, but they got nothing out of it when they put the ball on the ground. Frederick Frazier recovered the football to keep the shutout alive for the Dutchtown defensive unit.

And even though the Griffin offense took their foot off all of the gas in the fourth quarter, the defense kept working hard to keep the shutout intact.

The Panthers put together another drive that put them deep into Dutchtown territory, but the Griffins squashed yet another scoring threat by forcing another turnover.

James Brown proved to be the hardest working man in the secondary as he picked off a pass in the end zone to help seal Dutchtown's 28-0 win.

The Griffin offense wasn't spectacular. They were held to just 231 total yards, but they made plays when they had to.

Mosley led all rushers with 10 carries for 73 yards and the one score.

The defense continues to be the story for Dutchtown. Last week, they showed their mettle against East Ascension--making a goal-line stand to win a thriller.

Dramatics weren't needed this week, but they dished out the same type of effort.

They pitched their second shutout of the year and in the process, held Woodlawn to just 186 total yards. They forced three Panther turnovers and forced them to turn the ball over on downs on two different occasions.

The blanking of the Panthers now improves the Griffins to 6-1 overall and a perfect 3-0 in district play.

Dutchtown is now set to put their No. 6 ranking and undefeated district mark on the line as they host 4-4 McKinley. The Panthers of McKinley are fresh off of a 30-13 loss to St. Amant--a team the Griffins beat 31-17 two weeks ago.