Heading into the 2017 season, Donaldsonville head coach Brian Richardson thought that this year could be a special one for his team.

Heading into the 2017 season, Donaldsonville head coach Brian Richardson thought that this year could be a special one for his team.

It’s still very early, but through a jamboree and two regular season games, the Tigers have certainly lived up to their second-year coach’s expectations. On Friday night, they demolished White Castle, 50-8, to improve to 2-0 for the first time in seven years.

In Richardson’s first season as Donaldsonville’s head coach, the team took their lumps.

The Tigers featured plenty of youth and inexperience from top to bottom, and they struggled with their share of growing pains throughout the year. Widespread injuries also hampered them from week to week.

As a result, Donaldsonville finished the regular season just 4-6. Though, they did reach the playoffs for the first time in two years.

But before the season even began, things looked different for the Tigers.

They headed into 2017 with almost their entire team returning. All of those players that lacked experience last year, they returned seasoned and ready to excel. Overall, Donaldsonville returned nine all-district players from last year.

To go with the talent, Coach Richardson said that this year’s greatest strength would be their senior leadership. That was something they lacked last season.

So far, the team is performing just as well as Richardson hoped they would.

The Tigers started things off with a come-from-behind victory over West St. John in their jamboree. West St. John is a team that had beaten Donaldsonville three years in a row.

In the regular season opener, the Tigers rolled over a Class 4A playoff team in rival Assumption. The Mustangs added some late scores in what became a 36-27 victory.

Donaldsonville kept up their great play last Friday night with their first road game of the season against White Castle.

In their week one blowout of Assumption, the Tigers used a dominating 28-6 second-quarter run to put the game out of reach. Against White Castle, Donaldsonville reeled off a similar rally.

To start the game, second-year starting quarterback Jaylin Williams broke loose on a 34-yard touchdown run to give the Tigers the lead.

That score ignited a 30-point first-quarter blitzkrieg for Donaldsonville.

The rally was ended with another touchdown run by Williams—this one from four yards out.

But Williams wasn’t done for the night. In the second half, he did his damage from the air.

He threw two touchdown passes. One went to Ladarius Jackson from 45 yards out, and he finished his night with a 36-yard touchdown strike to Jeffery Johnson.

Overall, Williams finished with 139 yards passing and two touchdowns, along with the two rushing scores from the first half.

Also on the ground, returning all-district running back Jemon Pleasant rushed for a game-high 121 yards and a touchdown.

Looking good at 2-0, Donaldsonville will now prepare for their week three road game against an old district rival in Port Allen.

The 1-1 Pelicans were District 6-3A foes for the Tigers the past two seasons. Since, the Tigers have moved to District 10-3A, and Port Allen has moved down to Class 2A.

Last season, an injury-plagued Tiger team lost to Port Allen, 40-32.