Tigers end losing streak with win over Baker

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Jaylin Williams threw for 189 yards and two scores in Donaldsonville's win over Baker. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Donaldsonville has had to battle all season, and last Friday night was no exception.

After enduring three straight losses to begin District 6-3A play, the Tigers finally got back on track as they hit the road and collected a hard-fought 26-22 league victory over the Baker Buffalos.

The district is already brutal, but it became even more of a challenge for Donaldsonville with the plague of injuries that has hit them recently.

When they faced West Feliciana last month, they were without starting quarterback Jaylin Williams, starting running back Jemon Pleasant, starting receiver James Gipson, starting linebacker Jontrelle Simms and others.

The injuries certainly had an effect on them as they suffered through three league losses that came by a combined margin of 73 points.

The Tigers finally began to get healthy as of late, returning guys like Williams and Pleasant, and they were hungry to finally get back in the win column on Friday night.

Williams began the scoring with a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Tigers converted the 2-point try when Williams connected with Tyrese Ester.

Donaldsonville added two more scores before halftime.

Pleasant scored on a two-yard touchdown run, and Williams threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Christian Bell.

The Tigers got what turned out to be the winning touchdown in the third quarter when Williams tossed another scoring strike—this one going to Ladarius Jackson for 41 yards.

Though Williams was intercepted three times, he made some huge plays for Donaldsonville throughout the night.

He finished the game completing 12 of 22 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball seven times for 26 yards and a score.

The return of Pleasant was huge for the running game. He had 86 yards in his return against Port Allen, and in the victory over Baker, he had his biggest outing of the season—carrying the ball 20 times for 144 yards and a score.

Williams’ favorite receiver against the Buffalos was Bell as he brought in four catches for 71 yards and a touchdown.

The victory gave the Tigers their first district win of the year and improved their overall record to 3-4.

Things will be quite challenging for Donaldsonville this Friday night when they host 4-3 Parkview Baptist.

The Eagles beat the Tigers, 66-32, last season in their run to the Division II state title.