Tigers get back on track with blowout of Lusher

Kyle Riviere
Jeffery Johnson scored on a 63-yard run during Donaldsonville's 54-16 win over Lusher. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Trying to put an end to a two-game losing skid, Donaldsonville looked a little flat against Lusher Charter early in their home district clash on Friday night.

The Tigers found themselves down 13-7 at the end of the first quarter, but once quarterback Jaylin Williams got into a rhythm, the Tiger offense couldn't be stopped.

Donaldsonville reeled off 47 unanswered points in what would become a 54-16 throttling of the Lions.

"It was a mental thing. We came out a little sluggish. You could tell," Tiger head coach Brian Richardson said. "We had to get our minds right and experience a little success early. Once that got going, we were back to our old selves."

Donaldsonville entered the game losers of two straight after a perfect 5-0 start to the season.

They jumped on top of Lusher early. On the second play of the game, Jeffery Johnson took a jet sweep 63 yards for a touchdown, and the Tigers converted the 2-point try to give them an 8-0 lead.

But Lusher responded with 13 straight points.

First, they returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, and late in the first quarter, they completed a six-play, 60-yard drive that ended with a score.

Trailing 13-7 heading into the second quarter, the Donaldsonville offense finally got back into the groove.

The Tigers went on an 11-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a fourth-down conversion for a touchdown.

On fourth and seven, Williams hit a wide open Savon Landry for a 28-yard score that put Donaldsonville ahead, 16-13.

The Tigers' next possession only took four plays as Jemon Pleasant broke loose up the middle for a 21-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 24-13.

Donaldsonville got the ball back with just over a minute remaining before halftime, but they quickly got downfield after Williams hit Ladrarius Jackson for 44 yards.

Two plays later, Williams hit Jackson again--this time for a 24-yard touchdown that gave the Tigers a commanding 32-13 lead at the break.

On Donaldsonville's first offensive possession of the second half, they were faced with fourth and 13. No problem.

Williams hit Acquindas Levy on a deep seam route for a 37-yard touchdown to make it 40-13.

On their next drive, they converted a fourth and eight when Jackson made a sensational one-handed grab for a 44-yard score.

The Tigers' final touchdown came in the fourth quarter when James Gipson took a snap from the wildcat formation and raced 62 yards for a touchdown.

Lusher added a field goal late in the contest, but it was meaningless. Donaldsonville took the game, 54-16.

The Tiger offense was impressive as they rolled up 420 total yards.

Williams went 9-18 for 212 yards and four touchdowns. Jackson was his favorite target as he hauled in four balls for 117 yards and two scores.

Pleasant was the leader on the ground as he carried the ball 13 times for 90 yards and a touchdown.

"It was exciting to see that because we have so many people that are out right now or banged up," Richardson said. "[Jemon] Pleasant is playing hurt. Jaylin Williams' mechanics got back to where they needed to be. We used a bunch of quick-hitters early to get us going."

The defense held Lusher to just 175 total yards, despite being without starting linebacker and Houston commit Tahj Brown.

"These young guys have to step up. Tahj is a senior, so he's gone next year. Somebody has to take his place, and we're trying to prep for that right now," Richardson said.

Brown is currently dealing with a shoulder injury, but his head coach hopes to see him back soon.

"He washes the bus. He gets the concession stand ready. He does it all, and the kids know that," Richardson said. "He does as much as he can to get the team up, but he's been having to go to therapy and get some rehab. Hopefully, we'll have him back for the playoffs."

The win against Lusher was the Tigers' first in District 10-3A. They now stand at 6-2 overall. The six wins almost doubles their win total from all of last year.

"It's the senior leadership," Richardson said. "Last year, we only had two seniors, and this year, we have 13. Our seniors are stepping up and getting these younger guys on a roll, and they're learning from their experience from last year."