Dutchtown blanks Walker in jamboree win

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Eric Washington helped break the game wide open with a punt return for a touchdown. Photo by Dewey Keller.

Offense, defense, special teams--they all did their part for Dutchtown on Thursday night as they dismantled Walker 33-0 in the LeBlanc's Jamboree.

It might have been just a dress rehearsal for the regular season, but their domination across the board was quite impressive.

"Our guys played extremely hard, they played extremely fast and we got better from last week," Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said. "We've got plenty of stuff we can go back and fix and work on, and I think we got better last week in practice, and that's what we have to do this week."

The Griffins set the tone early and often against Walker.

They received the opening kickoff and proceeded to put together a seven-play scoring drive that saw quarterback Brandt Fritsche break runs of 17 and 21 yards.

Kajuan Coleman finished things off as he knifed up the middle for a seven-yard score to put Dutchtown out in front 7-0.

After the Wildcats quickly went three-and-out, the Griffin special teams did their part as Eric Washington electrified the crowd with a punt return for a touchdown.

Up 14-0, Dutchtown's offense kept rolling.

After a 21-yard connection from Fritsche to Cornelius Washington, Coleman carried the ball three straight times for 36 yards and the touchdown that put them up 20-0.

The disastrous first half continued for Walker as they were forced to punt out of their own end zone. Another good return by Eric Washington set up the Griffins at the Wildcat 22-yard line.

Backup quarterback Jared Sparks entered the game and quickly went to work--hitting Cornelius Washington with a perfect throw to the sideline that he was able to take in for the score.

The touchdown gave Dutchtown a commanding 26-0 halftime lead. The Walker offense was held to negative six yards of total offense in the first half.

Things didn't get much better for them.

On Dutchtown's first offensive drive of the second half, they spanned 69 yards in just six plays. Mario Austin did much of the heavy lifting with a 47-yard scamper.

Sparks closed out the drive with an option-keeper to the outside. He broke a defender's ankles and took it in for a 10-yard score to close out the 33-0 win for the Griffins.

"I think he's (Sparks) going to be a very good player. I think there's a place for him on this team," Saia said. "I'm happy for No. 80, Cornelius Washington. He's a kid I think can really be a quality receiver for us."

The Dutchtown defense was the story of the game. They held Walker to just 48 total yards and two first downs. The Wildcats picked up both of those first downs against the Griffins' second unit.

"They just dominated the line of scrimmage. We controlled the front, and there weren't many creases or crevasses to run into," Saia said. "We think that's the strength of our team right now because we have so many guys returning on that side of the ball. I'm sure we'll be challenged much more next week."

In limited action, Coleman had seven carries for 55 yards and two touchdowns while Austin had five carries for 64 yards.

Fritsche only threw two passes but completed both of them for 39 yards and a score while adding 38 yards rushing. Cornelius Washington had three grabs for 67 yards and two scores.

Overall, the Griffins piled up 197 yards in just 24 minutes of work.

"What I'm happy with is that they blitzed from everywhere, and we were pretty good at picking it up. I still don't know how good we are offensively," Saia said. "We'll be challenged way more down the road. Destrehan's front looks like the New Orleans Saints. We did what we had to do tonight, and that was encouraging so hopefully, we can build on that."

Dutchtown will open the regular season this Friday night when they host 4A Lutcher.