Donaldsonville honors LeBlanc, drops opener

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Donaldsonville quarterback Tyler Brown. Photo by Chuck Montero.

Donaldsonville's season got off to a rough start last Friday night as they were pounded by Assumption, 34-14, in Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium for their opener.

The Tigers were desperately seeking improvements after a disastrous 32-0 loss to St. James in the jamboree.

Early on, Donaldsonville had success against the Mustangs.

Trailing 16-0 to start the third quarter, senior quarterback Tyler Brown connected with Carl Bell for a 66-yard touchdown,

The Tigers then came through with a big defensive touchdown later to cut the Mustang lead to 22-14, but the score was answered quickly.

After a slow start that resulted in zero first-quarter offensive points, Assumption exploded for 32 in the final three quarters.

The offensive blitzkrieg was sparked by Mustang quarterback Da'Ron Williams.

Williams accounted for all five of Assumption's scores. He rushed for 146 yards and four touchdown while connecting with Melvin Young for an eight-yard touchdown through the air.

Donaldsonville actually out-gained Assumption 328-284 and doubled the Mustangs in first downs, but turnovers haunted the Tigers throughout. They committed five of them.

Brown went 14-32 for 230 yards with the one touchdown and two interceptions.

Bell was his favorite target as he came through with five grabs for 128 yards and a score. Stephen Sullivan had six catches for 65 yards.

The Tigers wanted to improve their rushing attack in 2015, but in the week-one loss, they were held to just 82 yards. Davon Johnson had 50 of those yards on eight carries.

The Tigers did get one score from their defense. Kornell Jones returned an interception for a 50-yard touchdown.

The tough loss dropped Donaldsonville to 0-1 to start the season, and things won't get any easier this week.

The Tigers will host 2A West St. John on Friday night. The Rams are fresh off of an impressive 12-6 victory over 3A St. James.

Friday night was not all bad for Donaldsonville.

At the game, there was a ceremony to honor the memory of longtime Tiger supporter Nolan LeBlanc, Jr.

LeBlanc was a staple at Tiger home games as he worked the chains.

He passed away last spring.