Tigers lose senior night 36-6

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
Donaldsonville receivers Stephon Sullivan and Jaquel Gant stand on the sideline.

Coming off the heels of consecutive shut outs, the Donaldsonville Tigers (5-5, 2-2) seemed to be in position to increase its power ranking with incoming 5A opponent Scotlandville Friday night. However, the Tigers weren’t able to go blow for blow the Hornets.

The Tigers received the ball to start the game and march at ease on their first offensive drive before being stalled after a potential touchdown pass that was dropped on third and 15. DHS would eventually turn the ball over on downs.

On Scotlandville’s first offensive drive, the Tigers defense forced a three-and-out and looked to be on pace for a similar result it caused in the previous two weeks – shutouts.

Donaldsonville’s second drive resulted in a touchdown off a pass from quarterback Tyler Brown connecting to senior receiver Jaquel Gant. The Tigers took the lead at 6-0 after a failed extra point attempt.

From there the first half would be all defense as both teams exchanged punts with Scotlandville having two successful drives that resulted in two touchdowns. At the half, Scotlandville led 12-6.

In the second half, the Hornets dominated and stretched the lead. Donaldsonville’s offense was crippled with turnovers as Brown threw four interceptions in the second half.

DHS head coach Benny Guilbeaux said he takes full responsibility for the team’s loss.

“The defense can only go three-and-out so many times,” Guilbeaux said. “If we’re going to make a run for the 3A state championship we need more from our offense.”

Guilbeaux said mentally on defense the team did well, “they never quit.”

“You just can’t keep your defense on the field that long,” he said. “Offensively we shut down.”

Donaldsonville managed to grab the number 21 seed in the LHSAA 3A playoff bracket and will open its run for the title on the road at no. 12 Iowa Friday night.

Guilbeaux added, “We’re hoping to turn it around next week.”