Donaldsonvillle drops district opener on the road

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Donaldsonville has not won back-to-back games since 2014. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The Donaldsonville Tigers were looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since 2014, but they came up short last Friday night.

The Tigers made the trip to Brusly to open up District 6-3A play. Donaldsonville hung up 61 on the Panthers last season in a 20-point victory.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, this time around, offense was hard to come by, as they took a 33-12 blowout loss on the chin. The 21-point defeat was their worst of the season.

Coming into the contest, Donaldsonville’s offense was averaging 33 points per game, but they struggled mightily on Friday night.

First-year starter at quarterback Jaylin Williams was averaging 213 yards passing per contest, but the Panther secondary defended him well.

Williams was held to under a 50-percent completion percentage as he went 18-40 for 177 yards and two touchdowns. He was picked off once.

His top target was Ladarius Jackson as he hauled in five balls for 83 yards and a score. Jeffery Johnson scored the other Donaldsonville touchdown as he made five catches for 38 yards.

Christian Bell chipped in with four catches for 40 yards.

The Tigers didn’t run the ball very often, but when they did, they were effective.

Jemon Pleasant averaged nearly seven yards per carry, but he only toted the rock nine times. He finished with nine carries for 62 yards.

The loss dropped Donaldsonville to 0-1 in district play and 2-2 overall.

Things will certainly get tougher for the Tigers this week. On Friday night, they’ll host West Feliciana.

The Saints are off to a tremendous start. They’re 4-0 and ranked No. 4 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 3A poll.

Their offense has been explosive, averaging 29 points per game. They are fresh off of a dominating 40-10 thumping of University Lab.

When the two teams met last season, West Feliciana won in blowout fashion, 45-22.