Tigers cruise by LaGrange, Albany, Hannan to open LSU passing tourney

Peter Silas Pasqua
Donaldsonville's Antonio Smith hauls in a touchdown pass over Hannan's Gino Gioe in the Tigers' 19-10 victory.

Donaldsonville cruised to victories over LaGrange, Albany and Archbishop Hannan to open LSU's 7 on 7 Passing Tournament at LSU's Band Field Saturday midday.

"To be successful you have to get better every time you step on the field," LSU head football coach Les Miles told participants before hitting the field.

Donaldsonville crushed LaGrange 35-0 in the opening game.

"One of the main things I got out of this is our kids have to learn that we don't have (McNeese State signees) Champlain Babin or Roy Sam anymore," Donaldsonville head coach Gary Adkins said. "This is a whole new team and we came out and I think that first win set the tone. We were ready to go."

Antonio Smith hauled in a 10-yard score from Laine Bailey on the Tigers' opening possession before snatching an 8-yard touchdown after Jeremy Dunn's interception. Bailey hit Bryant Dunn for 10 and 17 yards to set up the score.

Smith's interception halted LaGrange to open the second half. Three possessions later Bailey connected with Devon Breaux deep over the middle for a 45-yard scoring strike. Bailey's pass to Landry on the conversion made it 26-0.

Titus Howard's interception stopped the Grangers on the next possession and Bailey hit Dunn streaking down the right sideline a play later for a 45-yard touchdown. Bailey's pass to Justin Breaux on the conversion reflected the final tally.

Bailey was 11 of 17 for 180 yards and four touchdowns, while Dunn hauled in four passes for 82 yards and Smith had four for 53 yards.

Donaldsonville escaped with a 29-22 victory over Albany in the second game after a 14-14 tie just before halftime.

"Winners find a way to get it done and our kids got it done," Adkins said. "Albany has a real good team. In order to get to the championship, you have to play good teams."

Bailey hit Justin Breaux deep on the first play of the contest for a 45-yard score. Justin McKnight answered two plays later with a 29-yard scoring strike to Chad Dickerson. Logan Torrance hauled in the conversion to make it 8-6.

Leaping Devon Breaux hauled in a 28-yard pass for a touchdown six plays later and Bailey hit Justin Breaux crossing over the middle on the conversion to make it 14-8. Bailey connected with Smith and Dunn for 10 and 7 yards on the drive.

Three possessions later McKnight hit Denny Dansby crossing over the middle for a 34-yard catch and run to knot it up 14-14. Dunn intercepted McKnight just before halftime.

Smith intercepted McKnight on the opening possession of the second half and Bailey hit Dunn on a quick out for a touchdown from 10 yards two plays later after hitting Devon Breaux for a 35-yard catch and run. Bailey and Dunn connected again on the conversion to make it 29-14.

McKnight hit Torrance over the middle for a 13-yard score nine plays later to cut it to 29-19 and Courtney Williams intercepted Bailey for the final tally.

Bailey was 8 for 18 for 151 yards and three touchdowns, while McKnight was 13 of 28 for 179 yards and three touchdowns.

Devon Breaux hauled in two passes for 63 yards while Justin Breaux caught two for 53.

Donaldsonville held Hannan scoreless in the second half for a 19-10 victory.

"I am not real sure we took our opponents seriously on that deal," Adkins said. "We rested some kids and got some of our younger guys in."

Howard intercepted Adam Arceneaux on Hannan's opening possession but Ben London picked Bailey three plays later.

Bailey hit Dunn streaking down the left sideline for 40-yards two possessions later and found Shaqueel Babin crossing a play later for the score. Smith hauled in the conversion to make it 11-3.

Arceneaux hit Steven Lambou for a 3-yard score capping a six-play drive on the ensuing possession and Michael Tiziani's conversion cut it to 11-10.

Bailey hit Dunn crossing over the middle from 14 yards to cap Donaldsonville's four-play opening possession of the second half and Devon Breaux's conversion reflected the final tally.

Bailey was 14 of 20 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns, while Arceneaux was 9 for 19 for 99 yards and one touchdown.

Smith had six receptions for 77 yards and Dunn added three for 87 yards.

Donaldsonville's Bryant Dunn cuts up field.