Tigers striding on pace going in Jamboree

DHS junior receiver Stephon Sullivan leaps over a defender to catch a pass in the scrimmage against East St. John last week.

To truly determine of you are stronger, better and wiser why not go up against a top-notch opponent? That’s what the Donaldsonville High Tigers did last Thursday when they took on the East St. John Wildcats – a 5A school – at the Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium for a scrimmage.

In their first outing of the year, the Tigers were sometimes dominated, and other times dominated.

The Wildcats scored six touchdowns in the scrimmage, where each side took turns sharing the ball, and finally closed with 15 minutes of live action. The Tigers scored one touchdown.

Junior quarterback Tyler Brown showed signs of promise in his second year under center for the Tigers, passing for 172 yards, but with two interceptions. DHS’s receivers combined for 250 yards in the air catching balls from three different quarterbacks throughout the time on the field.

Brown said the offense’s effort was there and solid throughout.

“I like the efforts of our offensive line, we just have to keep working and getting better, “ Brown said. “I really trust in my offensive line this season.”

DHS’ rushing attack was led by freshman Je’mon Pleasant who ran for 53 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Tajh Gillard added 34 yards to the rushing total.

Defensively, the Tigers put in serious work that displayed big hits and broken helmets. DHS forced three sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery and four forced fumbles.

Senior safety Percy Cargo, Jr. said he thinks the Tigers defense responded well against the bigger opponent.

“We never gave up, we competed and gave a lot of effort,” Cargo, Jr. said.

East St. John’s quarterback Xavier Lewis put on a scrambling performance for the Tigers defense, but it wasn’t too much for Cargo, Jr. to diagnose.

“We just have to be better with our one-on-one field tackling, and break down when we get to him,” Cargo, Jr. said.

Cargo, Jr. added: “We don’t feel less than what people think we are, we feel we are going to be the top team in the district and we definitely want to get to the dome.”

Second year head coach Benny Guilbeaux said the Tigers are right on schedule after going through the scrimmage with the Wildcats.

“Our goal was to get out of here without any major injuries and we did that,” Guilbeaux said.

“It was a good step for us tonight.”

The Tigers play their Jamboree tonight at the Floyd Boutte Stadium against the St. James Wildcats at 7 p.m.