Tigers can't push off Wildcats for Jamboree win

DHS quarterback Tyler Brown tries to move the pile against the St. James Wildcats in its Jamboree loss on Thursday night.

The Donaldsonville Tigers weren’t able to win its Jamboree, but it did appreciate the fact that it hosted one. After not having a Jamboree game in 2013 to nearly coming away with a win in 2014, the Tigers football team continues to fight for success.

Thursday night at the Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium, the Tigers lost 20-13 to the St. James Wildcats, a team that always proved to be a rival.

The Tigers offense struggled at times throughout the game and ended with only 173 total yards and three turnovers. The bulk of the offensive yards came on the third play of the first drive when junior quarterback Tyler Brown connected to junior receiver Stephon Sullivan for a 79-yard touchdown pass. Unfortunately, Brown would be only able to connect on three more passes the entire night, finishing the nigh 4-17 for 121 yards passing.

The Tigers defense held its on for most of the night. It held Wildcats’ sophomore quarterback Lowell Narcisse to 59 yards passing, but he added 85 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns.

Donaldsonville trailed 13-7 at the half, but tied the game with 12 minutes to play after Cardell Forcell picked off Narcisse and went 22 yards for the tying score.

A failed two-point try kept the score at 13 before Narcisse again found the end zone, this time from 6 yards out, with 26 seconds to play to secure the win.

Head coach Benny Guilbeaux said the Tigers just need more of thier leaders to step up.

“Obviously fatigue played a factor with the short week, but that goes back on me and making sure the team is properly hydrated, which I believe we took care of that, but we had limited time to actually condition this week and it definitely showed,” Guilbeaux said.

“Defensively we made some good calls and a lot of times we should’ve made the tackle in the backfield but give credit to Narcisse. He’s an athlete and that’s what he does and they’ll have a great season based on him. But for us in the future we cannot allow one player to basically beat us,” Guilbeaux said.

Guilbeaux said Brown is still maturing and growing at the quarterback position, and added it’s going to help when  All-State senior receiver Jaquel Gant returns from a hamstring injury.

Guilbeaux also liked what he saw with the running attack.

“We did some positive things running the ball. Pleasant, our freshman, he’s going to have a bright future running the ball for us,” he said.

The Tigers will go on the road to take on the Assumption Mustangs Friday night for its season opener. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m.