FOOTBALL

Tigers' season ends at West Feliciana

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Christian Bell had a 90-yard kick return that accounted for one of their two scores against West Feliciana. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The last time Donaldsonville was in the playoffs, their season was emphatically ended by a highly-ranked West Feliciana team. History repeated itself last Friday night.

The top-seeded Saints stormed out to a 35-0 lead, and they never looked back. At home, they cruised to a 60-12 victory to improve to the second round of the playoffs.

Under first-year head coach Brian Richardson, Donaldsonville improved their win total to 4-6 during the regular season. Throughout the year, the Tigers played eight playoff teams.

With the four wins, Donaldsonville was able to earn a spot in the postseason for the first time in two years. They garnered a No. 32 seed, which drew a tough road matchup with the undefeated Saints.

As district foes, the two teams had met earlier in the season.

In that Sept. 30 clash at Donaldsonville, the Tigers were soundly beaten, 42-8. However, they were down multiple starters—including quarterback Jaylin Williams and running back Jemon Pleasant.

They were hoping that with a healthier team, they would be able to pull off the upset, but West Feliciana showed why they went 10-0 during the regular season.

On their opening drive, the Saints drove 52 yards in seven plays and took a 7-0 lead with a 12-yard touchdown run.

They raced out to a 14-0 advantage when Darius Davis finished off a 61-yard drive with a seven-yard scoring run.

That’s when the West Feliciana defense came through.

A pass by Williams was picked off by Clayton Howard and returned 30 yards for a touchdown to give the Saints a commanding 21-0 advantage late in the first quarter.

West Feliciana’s defense then forced a fumble that gave them a short field. On the very next play, Derek Turner hit Davis for a 59-yard touchdown strike.

A Ronald Sims six-yard touchdown run gave the Saints a 35-0 advantage.

Donaldsonville finally got on the board when Christian Bell returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

Though, to start the second half, West Feliciana wasted no time scoring another touchdown. Turner broke loose on a 67-yard run.

Donaldsonville scored their final points on their next drive. Williams hit Ladarius Jackson for a 70-yard touchdown to cut it to 41-12.

West Feliciana ended the game with three more scores.

The Saints piled up 490 rushing yards in the victory. Davon Harris led the effort on the ground with 181 yards.

Meanwhile, Donaldsonville turned the ball over six times.

The Tigers finished the season at 4-7 overall.

The future still looks bright for Donaldsonville. In 2017, they’ll return Williams, Pleasant, Jackson, Bell, receiver James Gipson, linebacker Tahj Brown and many other starters.