Donaldsonville playoff season ends at home, lose 50-7

Tigers’ senior running back Tajh Gillard scored the only touchdown for DHS in the playoff loss.

The no.21 Donaldsonville Tigers football team (6-6) lost Friday night to the no.4 West Feliciana Saints (9-2) in a score of 50-7, eliminating the Tigers in the second round of the 3A playoffs at home for the second consecutive year.

The Tigers’ offense couldn’t get going much and head coach Benny Guilbeau credits the Saints.

“We got bogged down,” he said. “We came back with different personnel and got the ball to move but it was just assignment football.”

Guilbeau used several new faces to add to the offense’s arsenal like Aaron Julien and Percy Cargo, Jr. However that wasn’t enough as the defense struggled as well.

At the end of the first quarter the Tigers trailed 13-0, as was down 19-0 in the second quarter until senior running back Tajh Gillard forced his away across the pie line with a hard 10-yard touchdown run to cut the score to 19-7.

“19-7 that’s workable, but once it jumped out more we had to get away from what we wanted to do and try to get chunks of yardage at one time,” Guilbeau said.

Most of the Saints’ workload was done by senior quarterback Ryan Reed. West Feliciana head coach Robb Odom said his team is just fortunate to have some good kids, good athletes and a lot of returning starters on offense this year.

“We came out and took care of our business like we were supposed to and I’m proud of kids, we live to play another week and that’s all you can ask for this time of year,” Odom said.

For the second straight year, in equal years Guilbeau has been head coach, the Tigers can’t get past the second round of the playoffs. Guilbeau said hopefully next year’s third time is a charm.

“We’re going to lose some talented guys, but fortunately we’ll have all of our offensive linemen and defensive linemen coming back, so we’re going to rebuild,” Guilbeau said. “Hopefully we get some of these freshmen from Lowery and get started in the next two weeks.”