Tigers remain undefeated

Reggie Parquet

With the help of a dominant rushing attack and an opportunistic defense, the Donaldsonville Tigers remained undefeated on the year with a convincing 53-20 win over the West St. Mary Wolfpack on Friday, Oct 3 at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium.  The Tigers began the game with a bang with tailback Bryant Dunn breaking a 60-yard run on the first play from scrimmage.  The long gain setup a short touchdown run by Jamar Landry, giving the Tigers an early 7-0 lead. 

The Donaldsonville defense also came to play, putting an end to West St. Mary’s first offensive possession with an interception by Antonio Smith. The turnover put the Tiger offense in good field position and allowed the offense to visit the end zone again, courtesy of a 30-yard run by Dunn. 

West St. Mary responded on their next drive with a 45-yard pass play by Wolfpack quarterback Francis.  Francis finished the drive with a five yard touchdown run, closing the gap to 13-6.  However, the touchdown would prove to be the only points scored by the Wolfpack in the first half. 

Once again the Donaldsonville defense stepped up with a one-handed interception by Titus Howard in the end zone, ending another Wolfpack drive.  Donaldsonville closed out the first half with two short touchdown runs by Landry, another long touchdown run by Dunn and a spectacular leaping touchdown run by quarterback Laine Bailey.  The game was out of reach at halftime with the Tigers leading 39-6 at the break. 

Dunn summed up the Tigers’ offensive attack as a triple threat.  “Really the game plan that we have, any of our plays will work on any defense because we have three options. You can give it to me, or pitch it to one of the other running backs.  Its pretty much win-win either way it goes,” said Dunn.

West St. Mary showed signs of life in the second half. The Wolfpack returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, but it was hardly enough to keep up with the Tigers.  Donaldsonville responded with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Bailey to Justin Breaux in the third quarter and another rushing touchdown by Dunn in the fourth to put away the Wolfpack.  West St. Mary managed a late touchdown pass to bring the final score to 53-20. 

Wolfpack Head Coach Andre Lockley commented on his team’s effort following the loss.  “I’m going to be honest with you; Donaldsonville is a very good football team.  They have a lot of speed, they execute well and obviously that’s due to good coaching and good players.  Coming in we felt that we couldn’t run the ball on them, but looking at a few things on film, we felt we could throw the ball.  We’re extremely young and it’s obvious by the types of mistakes we made. 

Donaldsonville Head Coach Gary Adkins talked about the big win for the Tigers.  “We knew they had very good athletes and we saw it on film and our game plan certainly was to run the football, which we did, and get a few quick passes in there. But hats off to West St. Mary, they are very physical, very big and I’m glad we played somebody tough and came out with a big win.  That says a lot for us,” said Adkins.

Donaldsonville Tigers had a total of 514 yards rushing, and Bryant Dunn with a net total of 282 yards and three touchdowns. Jamar Landry had a net total of 86 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Laine Bailey, for a net total of 86 yards and one touchdown.

Tigers will play away next week against Jeanerette.