Dutchtown and EA run to district wins
Dutchtown and East Ascension played with a sense of urgency Friday night as the Griffins fought to stay on top of the district, and the Spartans battled for their playoff lives.
Dutchtown had to depend on a third-quarter surge to pull away from a feisty McKinley squad 48-25 while East Ascension stormed to a big early lead and held on to beat winless Woodlawn 35-13.
East Ascension came into the contest at 3-5 and reeling from two straight district losses. They knew that their only hope to make it to the playoffs for the second straight year hinged on them taking care of business against a desperate Woodlawn group.
The Spartans showed their resolve early as they scored just three plays into the game.
Layne Trahan hit Michael Sparrow for 53 yards and then hit Sione Palelei on a swing pass for an 18-yard touchdown to put East Ascension up 7-0.
Trahan stayed hot as he hit Chad Hill for a 24-yard score to stretch the lead to 14-0.
Finally, Woodlawn got on the board with a gadget play. A double-reverse pass resulted in a 58-yard Nick Clark touchdown. However, the extra point was missed.
With the Spartans leading 14-6 in the second quarter, Palelei scored on a two-yard run, and Trahan threw his fourth touchdown pass--this one a 40-yarder to Tyler Briley.
The 28-6 lead would last until the fourth quarter when Woodlawn tried to ignite a comeback. Emmanuel Stewart found the end zone from four yards out to cut the lead to 28-13.
However, Sparrow closed the door on the Panthers as he crossed the goal line for a one-yard score.
Behind a 412-yard surge by the offense, the Spartans were able to lock away the 35-13 win.
Trahan had a huge night--going 20-28 for 310 yards and four touchdowns. Palelei was versatile as always, piling up 63 yards rushing and 44 receiving along with two scores.
The win now puts East Ascension to 4-5. Their playoff hopes now hang on their huge home showdown this week with their archrival St. Amant.
As for Dutchtown, they got a little bit more than they bargained for against McKinley but used a strong third quarter to improve to 7-1.
The sixth-ranked Griffins scored early after a high snap on a McKinley punt gave them the ball at the Panther 19-yard line.
Shortly afterward, Antoine Magras scored from one yard out to put the home-standing Griffins up 7-0.
Dutchtown kept the momentum going as Mason Nickens hit Torrance Mosley for 29 yards to put the Griffins up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
That's when the stubborn Panthers made a charge. Jarred Hayes hit Hinney Harris for a 40-yard score. And then, Emmanuel Illedair nailed a 47-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-10 at halftime.
Mosley broke loose on a 31-yard touchdown run to extend the Griffin lead to 21-10, but McKinley kept on coming. Their defense forced a safety and when Travion Alexander scored from 24 yards out, they had cut Dutchtown's lead to 21-19 in the third quarter.
It was then that the Griffins finally exploded and put the game away.
Tyler Sarrazin started things off with a 47-yard field goal, and Austen Brown finished off the third quarter with a two-yard touchdown run to give Dutchtown a 31-19 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Sarrazin nailed another field goal--this one from 48 yards out. That was followed by a 15-yard touchdown connection between Nickens and Christy and a four-yard scoring run by Magras.
McKinley got on the scoreboard late, but the game was already well out of hand. Dutchtown stored away the 48-25 win.
The Griffins piled up 305 yards rushing in the effort, but Nickens also had a nice game through the air--completing 10 of 16 passes for 115 yards and two scores.
The win was huge for Dutchtown. It kept them undefeated in district play as they get set for 6-2 Catholic High this Friday night at home.
The No. 13 Bears are also undefeated in district--making Friday night's game a district championship battle. The No. 5 Griffins will be attempting to win their second straight District 5-5A crown.