Dutchtown and EA lose openers to 4A powers

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Dutchtown's Kajuan Coleman is devoured by the Lutcher defense in the Griffins' 19-14 loss on Friday night. Photo by Dewey Keller.

It was a rough night for Ascension parish teams--especially the three heavyweights in District 5-5A. They all lost to 4A powers.

St. Amant dropped the 40-32 shootout to top-ranked Warren Easton, but the two most surprising losses came from Dutchtown and Plaquemine.

Dutchtown came into Friday night ranked No. 12 in 5A and bolstering many high expectations with so many starters returning from last year and after a dominating 33-0 win over Walker in the Jamboree.

However, they were dealt a bitter 19-14 defeat to Lutcher to open their brutal non-district slate.

Meanwhile, East Ascension visited Plaquemine--the 10th-ranked team in 4A.

With the Green Devils having such a talent-rich roster and with the Spartans losing so many starters from last season, the game looked to be a close contest that could go either way.

It was never close. Plaquemine rolled all over East Ascension 49-24.

As expected in an opening game, Dutchtown was sloppy and turned the ball over multiple times. Lutcher made sure to take advantage of their miscues.

Early in the second half, the Griffins engineered a promising drive that stretched the ball to the Bulldog 30-yard line, but that's when disaster stuck.

Dutchtown put the ball on the ground. Linebacker Ricky Ross quickly scooped it up and sprinted 70 yards for the touchdown.

Late in the game, with the Bulldogs nursing a 12-7 advantage, they did their best to deliver the knockout blow.

Quarterback Jontre Kirklin marched Lutcher 80 yards downfield and finished things off with a 30-yard touchdown run to extend the Bulldog lead to 19-7.

Dutchtown refused to go away. They tried to make a furious last-minute rally as Brandt Fritsche hit Cornelius Washington for a 56-yard touchdown connection that cut the deficit to 19-14.

But with just 1:19 remaining, the Griffins were forced to try the onside kick--a kick they were unable to recover.

In the loss, Kajuan Coleman carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards and a touchdown. Fritsche went 13-23 for 149 yards with a touchdown and one interception.

The Griffins will try to bounce back this week when they host parish rival Donaldsonville. The Tigers are coming off of a thrilling 27-26 win over Assumption in their season opener.

Much like Dutchtown, turnovers killed East Ascension on Friday night.

But even before they started giving the ball away to Plaquemine, the Green Devil rushing attack was giving them fits.

After Patrick McGinn hit a 19-yard field goal to cut the Plaquemine lead to 7-3 in the second quarter, Green Devil quarterback D'Morea Wicks scored on a 35-yard run. The touchdown gave Plaquemine a 14-3 halftime lead.

The dam broke for East Ascension in the third. The Green Devils started the quarter off with a bang as Preston Russ exploded for a 38-yard touchdown run to give Plaquemine their biggest lead of the game at 21-3.

The Spartans tried to respond as they drove deep into Green Devil territory, but things quickly went sour when they put the ball on the ground. The fumble was recovered by Joshua Curry and returned 74 yards for a touchdown.

Things continued to snowball for East Ascension as they fumbled again--resulting in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Wicks to Joe Keller.

That was followed by Tyler Wesley picking off Kyran Irvin and returning it all the way to the Spartan 11-yard line. It set up a five-yard touchdown run by Russ to end the third quarter.

Facing an insurmountable 42-3 deficit in the fourth, the Spartans outscored Plaquemine 21-7 to make the score look a little more respectable.

In the 49-24 victory, the Green Devils ran roughshod over the East Ascension defense--chewing up a whopping 424 yards on the ground.

Russ had 155 of those yards, and Wicks added 134. Each player had two scores as well.

The Spartans will try to get back on track this week as they host Patterson in their home opener. Patterson was previously ranked No. 16 in 3A. They lost to 5A Brother Martin on Friday night 49-28

Other parish football scores:

Ascension Christian (0-1) 0

Lafayette Christian (1-0) 34

Ascension Catholic (1-0) 41

Catholic of P.C. (0-1)      21

Donaldsonville (1-0) 27

Assumption (0-1)     26