Turnovers costly in Tigers' home loss to the Rams
Donaldsonville played West St. John well on Friday night, but three interceptions and a huge blocked punt proved to be the difference for the Rams as they surged to a 28-18 road victory.
The Tigers were looking to find some success for the first time this season after disappointing efforts over the last couple of weeks.
Donaldsonville was blanked by St. James, 32-0, in their jamboree, and in their season opener, they lost to Assumption, 34-14, at home.
Bouncing back against perennial power West St. John would be no small task. The Rams were coming off of a very impressive upset victory over 3A St. James in week one.
West St. John drew first blood as Lamore Boudoin exploded for a 76-yard touchdown run that gave them the early 7-0 lead.
However, Donaldsonville had a quick response.
The Tigers drove downfield, and quarterback Tyler Brown hit heralded wide receiver Stephen Sullivan for a 30-yard score.
The ensuing two-point try failed, so the Rams remained on top at 7-6 heading into the second quarter.
West St. John then extended their lead as Juwan Boudoin hit Jamal Walters for a 30-yard score. It gave them a 13-7 halftime lead.
Donaldsonville responded at the start of the third quarter as they drove downfield and scored when Aaron Julien came through with a five-yard touchdown run.
Once again, the ensuing two-point try failed, keeping the Tigers behind at 13-12.
At the end of the third quarter, West St. John extended the advantage as Dustin Bethancourt connected with Lamore Boudoin for a 14-yard score. They then converted the two-point try to take a 21-12 lead.
In the fourth, things took a turn for the worse for the Tigers.
A Sullivan punt was blocked, and Jabari Walters recovered it in the end zone to give the Rams the easy score and a commanding 28-12 advantage.
Donaldsonville eventually put another score on the board as Jaylnn Williams hit Sullivan for a six-yard touchdown, but they still trailed 28-18.
That score remained intact as the final seconds rolled off of the clock.
Despite the 10-point loss, Donaldsonville actually dominated many of the statistical categories.
The Tigers out-gained West St. John, 351-254. They also had a 15-7 advantage in first downs.
The Rams' quarterbacks combined to go just 7-21 for 172 yards and a score.
Though, Lamore Boudoin did rush for 114 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
The difference in the game was the Tiger turnovers. The Rams came up with three interceptions and the touchdown from the blocked punt.
Before being sidelined, Brown went 14-31 for 183 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Sullivan was his top target as he came up with seven grabs for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
Davon Johnson led the Tigers on the ground as he rolled up 38 yards on 10 carries.
Donaldsonville will try to earn their first victory of the year this Friday night as they host 1A White Castle. The Bulldogs have gotten off to an 0-2 start.