Donaldsonville downed at Dutchtown

KYLE RIVIERE, Sports @kyleR_sports
Dutchtown's Michael Tadda brings down Donaldsonville quarterback Tyler Brown for a big loss in the Griffins' 43-0 victory Friday night.

A dominant defense and steady rushing attack helped Dutchtown shake off a tough opening-night loss and blank parish rival Donaldsonville 43-0 Friday night.

Coming off of the disappointing defeat to Lutcher, the Griffins jumped on top of the Tigers 14-0 just seven minutes into the game, and Donaldsonville could never generate enough offense to respond.

"That's one of the things I've been most proud of since I've been here.  I don't think we've lost back-to-back games in about eight or nine years," Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said.  "That means a lot to be able to put that loss behind you, learn from it and then be able to come out and play." 

The Griffins set the tone early as they held Donaldsonville to a quick three-and-out and used their opening possession to march 45 yards in just six plays.  The drive was capped by a five-yard touchdown run up the middle by Fitell Bolding to put Dutchtown up 7-0.

After the Tigers were forced to punt the ball out of their own end zone, the Griffins started their next drive at the Donaldsonville 22-yard line.

From there, Kajuan Coleman carried the ball five straight times--eventually scoring from four yards out to put the Griffins on top 14-0.

The lead lasted until midway into the second quarter when Dutchtown generated a five-play, 61-yard drive that ended with a six-yard touchdown run by Brandt Fritsche on an option-keeper.  Bolding did most of the heavy lifting on the march.

And right before the half, backup quarterback Jared Sparks was brought into the game.  With the rain coming down and facing a fourth and five, he hit Cornelius Washington on a quick slant, and Washington took it in for a 25-yard touchdown.

After a missed extra point, Dutchtown took the dominating 27-0 lead into the half.

With the game already out of reach in the third, Justin Reid made an acrobatic leaping interception and then cashed the turnover in with a 20-yard field goal.

After a big punt return by Washington, Sparks scored a touchdown from nine yards out to give the Griffins a 37-0 advantage heading into the fourth.

There, Dutchtown added their final score--a four-yard touchdown run by Charles Davis.

In the shutout victory, the Griffins piled up 300 yards on the ground--with Bolding leading the way with 14 carries for 127 yards and two scores.  Coleman added 51 yards and a touchdown.

Conversely, the Griffin defense absolutely stymied the Tiger offense--holding them to just 34 total yards and negative 23 yards rushing.

Quarterback Tyler Brown completed just nine of 21 passes for 57 yards with one interception, and he was sacked three times-leaving him with negative 33 yards on the ground.

"It sure feels good to win.  It's been a long time since we've been able to do it," Saia said.  "We lost the last game of last season and the first game of this season so it's good to get back on that winning ledger and hopefully, we can improve from here to next week because we're certainly gonna have to."

The emotions were quite different for Donaldsonville head coach Benny Guilbeaux after the game.

"We got down early and felt sorry for ourselves," Guilbeaux said.  "We had a bunch of guys that--because of injuries--had to stay on the field; fatigue played a factor, but it all falls back on me.  It's my fault and hopefully we can regroup next week and get things back on the winning track."

Coach Guilbeaux is confident his team will turn things around as they prepare to host White Castle this Friday night.

"We just have some work to do," Guilbeaux said.  "Obviously, they're (Dutchtown) a 5A school; we're a 3A school.  That plays a factor, but we're confident in the guys that we do have.  We're going to be right back at it tomorrow morning and hopefully, we can get back on track."

Things will get much tougher for Dutchtown this week.  They have to go on the road to face the second-ranked Destrehan Wildcats--a team that beat them twice last year.

"They've got unbelievable skill weapons; they've got an SEC defensive line," Saia said.  "I mean, they're Destrehan.  They made it to the semis last year and beat us twice last year.  They're just a really good football team that didn't lose a lot of people from a year ago, so it'll be a challenge."