Spring 2018 football recap: Dutchtown Griffins
The Dutchtown Griffins and coach Guy Mistretta completed a successful spring with a Silver versus Purple game after losing its game with H.L. Bourgeois due to the Braves canceling after a coaching change.
“We played against each other after losing our spring game, lots of positives from our 10 days,” Mistretta said.
Mistretta has had the luxury of not having to scramble like last year when he accepted the job in March, taking over for the only coach in Griffin history, Benny Saia.
“We had a whole offseason together, which is crucial to our team due to the experience coming back,” Mistretta said.
The Griffins finished 7-5 last season and advanced to the second round of the 5A playoffs. Several key performers have moved on, including Noah Gray (Iowa Wesleyan) Van’Shon Grayson (Southeastern Louisiana University or Southern University), Briant Parker (Arkansas Monticello), Noah Pitre (Louisiana Tech) and Ben Mays (Cornell).
“This is a new group and a fun group to work with. We look forward to coming together as a team and all that will come next season,” Mistretta said.
With the graduation of Mays at quarterback, the new signal caller will be Dre Monroe, who is a good athlete.
“Dre had a very productive spring at QB. He must continue his development. We are excited about his potential,” Mistretta said.
The defense lost some good players, but returning to play linebacker/defensive end is Hayden Willis.
“Hayden was the leader of the defense in the spring,” Mistretta said.
The Griffins also return a potential Division 1 player in Jordan Jackson.
“Jackson will play corner and will get opportunities to handle the ball on offense and in the return game,” Mistretta said.
Having a strong summer and staying healthy will be keys for this relatively young Griffin squad.
“Due to our youth and inexperience, we must get off to a good start. We will definitely improve as a team as the season progresses,” Mistretta said.
Spring has come and gone, but the season is right around the corner.
“This spring and offseason was productive. It was our first chance to work on the culture; the coaches, including coach (Tim) LaLa and (Kerrigan) McCready, did a tremendous job developing the kids,” Mistretta said.
Ascension Catholic baseball, softball players earn All State recognition
Class 1A Baseball 1st Team
Senior utility Charlie Gianelloni: .402, 4 HR, 47 RBI, 9-2 record
Junior outfielder Mason Zeringue: .426, 2 HR, 33 RBI
Junior pitcher Tre Medine: 7-3, 2.31 ERA
Honorable mention: junior infielder William Dunn
Class 1A softball
Honorable mention: senior infielder Alicia Canatella and senior outfielder Bailey Acosta
Editor's Note: This story was changed on June 13 to correct the college Ben Mays will attend.