Tigers drop third straight against Port Allen

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

The Donaldsonville Tigers came into their Homecoming clash with Port Allen on Friday night battered, bruised and desperate for a win.

Donaldsonville has had to endure a string of injuries throughout the course of the season. Just the previous week, the Tigers were without starting quarterback Jaylin Williams, starting running back Jemon Pleasant, starting receiver James Gipson and starting linebacker Jontrelle Simms.

With so many out, the Tigers were blown out by third-ranked West Feliciana, 42-8.

It was their second straight blowout defeat to start the district season. The week before, they were hammered by Brusly, 33-12.

For their week six matchup, Donaldsonville was able to return Williams—who had been sidelined with a concussion.

However, even with the return of their quarterback, the Tigers fell to Port Allen, 40-32.

The Pelicans took control early on as they jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. They later extended their advantage to 20-6.

The Tigers surged back with 15 unanswered points to take the lead at 22-20. From there, it was a crazy first half that saw both teams going back and forth.

Donaldsonville went up 30-26 with just 1:38 to go in the half, but Port Allen answered right back with a touchdown pass from backup quarterback Harold Jones to Sean Garner to give the Pelicans a 32-30 lead with just 29 seconds left.

In the second half, both defenses finally settled in and started making stops.

The 32-30 score carried into the fourth quarter when Jones hooked up with Jarious Robertson for a touchdown. The Pelicans converted the 2-point try to go up 40-30.

Donaldsonville had a chance to cut into the deficit later when they marched inside the Port Allen 5-yard line, but the Pelican defense stood tall and made a huge goal-line stand.

The Tigers later forced a safety to get within one score, but that’s as close as they would get.

In the victory, Jones went 13-25 for 263 yards and four touchdowns.

In a losing effort, Williams was only able to complete 11 of 27 passes, but those completions totaled 198 yards and two scores.

The loss dropped Donaldsonville to 2-4 overall. After beginning the year 2-1, they have lost three of their last four games.

Most importantly, the Tigers have dropped into an 0-3 hole in district play.

This week, they’ll try to get back on track when they visit Baker. The Buffalos are 3-3 and 1-2 in league play. That victory came against Glen Oaks.