LUTCHER - Broadmoor High made a statement by scoring two first-half touchdowns to take a one-point lead in the second quarter Friday against Lutcher.
The fourth-ranked Bulldogs responded with an exclamation point, scoring four touchdowns in a 13-minute span to run away with a 42-14 victory over the Bucs in a District 6-4A game played Friday night at LHS.
"I knew Broadmoor was going to play us tough," Lutcher coach Tim Detillier said. "We made some mistakes that gave them a chance to get going and get excited.
"Then we had a big play on a fake punt and got going again. That took some of the wind out of their sails. And we scored real quick at the start of the second half. I think it deflated them a little more. "
Daniel Taylor ran for 125 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns for the Bulldogs (4-1, 2-0). Ruston Matherne completed 13 of 20 passes for 140 yards and two TDs.
Broadmoor (3-2, 1-1) got 66 yards on 15 carries by quarterback Joshua Rogers. Devontae Thomas added 57 yards on 17 carries with a TD.
"This was a reality check," Broadmoor coach Rusty Price said. "We play an awful lot of sophomores, and as tough as it might seem, this was a learning experience for them.
"We played well at times, but we made a bunch of mental mistakes. That's inexperience. Lutcher has a quality program, and Tim does a good job year in and year out. Now we have to regroup and see what happens."
Lutcher roared out to a 13-0 lead during the first five minutes of the game. First, Matherne ran for a 28-yard gain. Then he tossed a 31-yard scoring pass to Brandon Bourgeois 42 seconds into the game. Nicholas Gatch's point-after kick made it 7-0.
After a Broadmoor punt, the Bulldogs drove 45 yards in less than two minutes. Taylor scored on a 1-yard run at the 7:17 mark of the first quarter. The PAT kick failed, leaving LHS with a 13-0 lead.
Broadmoor answered with two solid scoring drives. A 46-yard kickoff return by Eric Green helped ignite the BHS offense. Rogers engineered a 46-yard drive, running for 23 yards. Devontae Thomas scored on a 4-yard run and Rogers ran for the two-point conversion, making it a 13-8 game with 4:42 left in the first quarter.
Broadmoor's next drive appeared to stall, but the Bulldogs muffed a punt and Reginald Williams recovered for the Bucs at the LHS 38. The Bucs scored six plays later on a 3-yard run by Maurice Stewart. Williams added a second-half interception to lead the Broadmoor defense.
That score gave Broadmoor a 14-13 lead with 8:02 remaining. The Bulldogs dominated the remainder of the half.
But it didn't come easily. On their first possession after Broadmoor took the lead, Jared Poche completed a 24-yard pass to Taylor on a fake punt. The 24-yard gain jump-started a scoring drive.
Next, Taylor broke loose for a 27-yard run and later scored on a 6-yard run. Poche's two-point PAT run gave Lutcher a 21-14 at the 5:19 mark.
Broadmoor made the next gamble. Rogers' pass on a fake punt was intercepted by the Bulldogs' Chase Calderera.
That turnover led to another Lutcher score. This time, Matherne tossed an 11-yard pass to Poche. Gatch converted the PAT kick, making it 28-14 game.
Garnering a degree of separation from the Bucs proved to be crucial. Broadmoor took the second-half kickoff and got one first down before punting the ball away.
Lutcher struck quickly - this time on a 48-yard run by Taylor. An interception by the Bulldogs Jordan Batiste set up the final TD - a 3-yard run by Poche with 5:40 left in the third quarter.