If one just read the offensive stats from Friday’s Dutchtown football game, there would be no problem identifying the winner and the score would appear to be lopsided. But six Dutchtown turnovers (five fumbles, one interception) would keep the score a lot closer than the Griffins would have liked in the 23-13 win over the Hammond Tornadoes.

Dutchtown’s (2-1) offense put up 464 yards and had 24 first downs compared with 176 yards and only seven first downs for Hammond (0-3). Dutchtown’s offensive efforts were led by running back Fitell Bolding, who rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. But Bolding was not immune to the turnover bug as he fumbled twice and both were lost.

Bolding runs hard, so the opportunity for fumbles might be a little higher. The Griffins had some problems with turnovers last season and they are trying to turn things around.

Quarterback Jordan Sparks was more than competent on the night, completing 10 of 14 passes for 154 yards. Sparks did throw one interception in the red zone, ending another possible scoring opportunity.

Bolding scored all three touchdowns on runs of 55, 8 and 2 yards.

On the other side of the ball, Dutchtown’s defense played lights out and kept the Tornadoes’ defense on the field most of the night. Aside from a 45-yard fake punt touchdown pass and an 18-yard touchdown run on a fourth down (a score set up by a Griffin fumble), Hammond’s offense never got off the ground.

In their next game, the Griffins travel to face the South Terrebonne Gators in a nondistrict contest on Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Gators hold on for victory

The St. Amant versus Lutcher games are usually hard-fought contests that go to the end. Friday night’s game was no different as the Gators had to defend against a two-point conversion attempt with no time left on the clock. They did so and held on for a 21-20 victory over the Bulldogs at the Pit.

As time ran out on the clock, Lutcher quarterback Jontre Kirklin threw a pass to Tariq Belvin in the end zone for a TD to bring the Bulldogs (2-1) within one point of the Gators. Lutcher coach Tim Detillier opted to attempt a two-point conversion rather than tie the game and go into overtime. Kirklin rolled out to and threw a pass that fell incomplete, giving the Gators’ a 21-20 come-from-behind victory.

For the first time this season, the Gators (2-1) found themselves behind 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Hayden Mallory couldn’t get in a rhythm in the passing game.

Things started to click a little as Mallory hit Briggs Bourgeois with a 45-yard pass and finished the drive with a 2-yard pass to Jacob Cheatwood. With 3:47 left in the second quarter, Lutcher returned a punt for 84 yards, and the Bulldogs were up 14-7 at halftime.

Mallory finished the night with 156 yards and threw three touchdowns on 15-for-36 passing with one interception in the first half. Things really got in a rhythm in the second half as he completed 11 of 18 passes that netted 109 yards.

Mark Darby led the Gators rushing attack with 59 yards.

With 11:32 left in the game, the Gators took their first lead when coach David Oliver chose to go for it on fourth down from the Bulldogs’ 30-yard line. Mallory hit Bourgeois on the 20-yard line and Bourgeois broke a tackle before scoring the go-ahead TD. He kicked the PAT that would be the eventual winning point. The Gators went 90 yards in 15 plays on their best drive of the night.

The Gators will travel to Woodlawn to face the Panthers in a nondistrict game on Friday with the kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

Spartans lose to Zachary

Friday night was a night of celebration at Spartan Field as new homecoming queen Jada Smith was crowned. Three athletes, Joe Clement Jr., Ronnie Clement and Lynnika Pitts, were inducted into the Hall of Fame, and Luke Marchand was named to the EA Wall of Fame.

This year marks the 50th team the Spartans have fielded since 1966, so the first team was honored, as well.

The celebration continued as the Spartans (1-2) took the opening kickoff from the Zachary Broncos (3-0) and marched down the field to take a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. Zachary responded with a TD drive of their own to tie the game at 7-7. The Spartans answered with another touchdown but missed a 2-point conversion to take a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Zachary turned on the afterburners and scored 21 points to EA’s 6 points to take a 28-19 lead at the half. The Spartan defense couldn’t put the brakes on the Broncos’ offense as they totaled 440 yards for the night. The score ended 38-25 in the Broncos’ favor, but it didn’t take away from the night’s celebrations.

Central Catholic tops ACHS

Coach Drey Trosclair is finding the road to success for a new program a little bumpy. The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs (1-2) were handed a sound defeat on the road by the score of 70-46 at the hands of Central Catholic.

Coming up next, the Bulldogs play the Southern Lab Kittens in a 1A District 6 contest at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Lions win big over Ridgewood

Ascension Christian hit the road to hand the Ridgewood Golden Eagles a 34-14 spanking in Friday’s nondistrict contest to advance their record to 2-1 on the year.

The Lions host the Westminster Academy Crusaders (2-1)in a nondistrict game at Lion field at 7 p.m. Friday.

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at reelman@eatel.net or ascension@the advocate.com.