Griffins blank Panthers in blowout victory

Kyle Riviere
Matthew Peltier scored one of Dutchtown's seven goals in their victory over McKinley. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Dutchtown dropped a tough 2-1 decision to highly-ranked Mandeville in their Nov. 15 season opener. They haven’t lost since.

The Griffins continued their tear last Friday night as their offense exploded for seven goals in a shutout victory over McKinley.

“In the first 10 minutes, we kept the ball on their end of the field, and give credit to their keeper. He made some serious saves,” second-year head coach Rene Bourgeois said. “Finally, when we got the first one in, that kind of opened them up and we were able to spread it out more. We were able to hit more angles with passes and win every free ball we could possibly get. In about a 15-minute span, we scored four more on them pretty quickly, and that pretty much sealed the victory right there.”

The Dutchtown offense was aggressive from the start.

In the first 12 minutes, they spent much of their time around the McKinley net. They got off multiple shots, but they just couldn't finish.

Their best opportunity came six minutes in when a shot by Michael Greer went just past the top crossbar.

At the 13th minute, Andrew Watts came up with a steal and quickly got the ball to Sethan Ward. Ward then dished out an assist to Nick Frederic for the 1-0 Griffin lead.

From there, the flood gates opened on McKinley.

Seven minutes later, Dutchtown extended the lead to 2-0 when Alex Sheets scored with a pretty shot.

The Griffins continued to mount the assault on the Panther goal.

At the 28th minute, Watts got out in the open. He launched a shot that was blocked by the goal keeper, but Cole Hattier was right there to score on the put-back.

Just two minutes later, Hattier was in the right place at the right time once again. He received a great pass from Sheets and finished it off with a shot that put Dutchtown up 4-0.

Finally, to end the first-half assault, Sheets earned another assist as his corner kick was sent in by Ward to give the Griffins a 5-0 halftime lead.

In the first half, Dutchtown out-shot McKinley, 16-1.

In the second half, the Griffins were able to feature many of their younger players.

At the 50th minute, Landon Louque made an impressive over-the-top pass to Connor Dupre, and he finished for the goal.

Dutchtown scored their final goal of the game at the 74th minute with a nice shot by Matthew Peltier.

As great as the Griffin offense was in the victory, their defense was just as stout. They held McKinley to just four shots during the entire match.

“The back four that we have starting on varsity, they stack up with anyone’s defense. They’ve proved it in games we’ve played,” Bourgeois said. “They’ll get a great test next week with Acadiana and Denham both coming in. Next week will be a great test for both our defense and our attack as well. You have to have both to be successful. You just can’t rely on one aspect of the game.”

The victory over McKInley kept the Griffins undefeated since their opening-night loss to Mandeville. Their overall record is now 9-1-2.

“We’ve been maintaining a team focus. You have to have guys playing for each other on the field. They have to have each other’s backs,” Bourgeois said. “When something goes wrong, you can always step up for somebody. Also, you have to have key substitutions coming in to give guys a break every now and then and keep the flow of the game going. The defense has been stepping up. The offense has been starting to click a little bit better. Set pieces are starting to come together a little more to my liking. We’re just taking it one game at a time.”

On Thursday night, Dutchtown will host Denham Springs in one of their final non-district matchups.