Dutchtown crushes hosting South Terrebonne

Keyon K. Jeff
Dutchtown's Adam Sparks (No. 13) and Byron Guillory (No. 46) bring down a Gator ball-carrier. Photos courtesy of the Daily Comet.

The South Terrebonne Gators' homecoming was ruined Friday night by a powerful, balanced Dutchtown attack in a 38-12 non-district loss at South Terrebonne Memorial Stadium.

The Griffins scored five touchdowns in the second quarter to blow open a close, defensive-driven contest.

“We just cannot play the second quarter,” said Gators head coach Richard Curlin. “I don’t know if we’re getting tired, or they’re figuring us out, or what the deal is. We just may not come out for the second quarter next time.”

“That was as complete a game as we’ve played this year,” said Griffins head coach Benny Saia. “We were efficient. We were able to throw a little bit. Defensively, we played well. Even our kicking game was sound. You want to come out of a game executing well in all three phases.”

The first quarter was a defensive struggle, but South Terrebonne (0-4) made the first big play of the game. Dutchtown was driving toward the end zone when quarterback Jared Sparks (6-8, 125 yards, 2 scores) fumbled the snap, and Gator defensive tackle Troy Narcisse recovered the ball at the 13-yard line.

After a scoreless opening quarter, Dutchtown (3-1) poured on the points in the second. Griffins receiver Sidney Jacobs ended a six-play, 70-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown run. Dutchtown immediately capitalized on Adam Sparks forcing and recovering a fumble from Gator running back Casey Guy deep in Gator territory.

Jared Sparks found Cornelius Washington on the next play for a 33-yard touchdown pass. Averee York made both point-after attempts to give Dutchtown a 14-0 lead with 9:30 before halftime.

“They had seven guys in there stuffing everything up. We were able to take advantage of that and get some guys outside the box,” Saia said. “We were also able to get our receivers behind their corners.”

The Gators offense showed life on their ensuing possession. They went 76 yards in six plays, capped by Brett Franks (3 rushes, 67 yards, one score) galloping up the middle on a 55-yard touchdown. A bad snap on the point-after try allowed Dutchtown to tackle the holder, leaving the score 14-6 with 6:53 remaining.

Dutchtown’s offense went into high gear to finish the first half. York ran a jet sweep up the sidelines, then cut back up the middle for a 67-yard touchdown.

Charles Davis (13 rushes, 83 yards, TD) capped the next Griffins drive with a four-yard touchdown plow.

Finally, with 32 seconds left, Sparks hit a wide open Jalin Carlin for a 32-yard touchdown to give Dutchtown a 35-6 halftime advantage.

“We’re pretty decent on the interior; we got a long way to go on the perimeter. Right now, it sucks,” Curlin said. “We didn’t get any pressure on the quarterback. He just sat back there and aired it out. We got caught in man a couple of times where we should have just grabbed the guy and took the penalty instead of letting him run by us.”

Offense was hard to find for both teams in the second half.

Gators quarterback Chris Duplantis (5-17, 39 yards, 2 INTs) was intercepted by Adam Sparks in the third quarter and Kerry Moore in the fourth.

York added a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for Dutchtown.

“(Dutchtown) been turning the ball over a lot. They didn’t turn it over quite as much as we’d like,” Curlin said. “We were hoping for a few breaks to go our way to have a shot. We would have to put in a perfect game to have a shot at beating these guys.”