ST. AMANT - They were split-second instances in each half Friday that displayed Dutchtown High’s quick-strike capability at its finest. In each case the Griffins showed just how dangerous they can be.
Second-ranked Dutchtown scored consecutive touchdowns in the final 28 seconds of the first half for some breathing room. The Griffins distanced themselves late in
the third quarter with consecutive scoring runs en route to a 48-14 victory over St. Amant in the District 5-5A opener at The Pit.
Dutchtown (6-0, 1-0) forced five turnovers which led to 21 points and rolled up 452 total yards, including 384 rushing yards on 47 carries. Landon Collins, who reached the 100-yard mark for the fifth straight game, rushed 12 times for 156 yards and scored on runs of 31 and 88 yards.
Antoine Magras had 94 yards and 2 TDs on 14 carries and wide receiver turned Wildcat quarterback Torrance Mosley accounted for two more scores - rushing for a 39-yard touchdown and catching a 26-yarder from quarterback Mason Nickens.
“We didn’t win the time of possession but big plays, you don’t turn them down,” Dutchtown football coach Benny Saia said. “We’ve got some speed and we obviously want to get it to those guys.”
St. Amant (4-2, 0-1) opened the second half with its best series and pulled to within 28-7. The Gators, which had 63 yards in the first half, drove 84 yards in nine plays with quarterback Tyler Guillory rolling to his right and throwing back
for running back Tylor Gonzales, who completed a nifty 9-yard scoring play at the 8:05 mark.
St. Amant, which gained 196 of its 259 yards after halftime, was led by the rushing tandem of Trey Washington with 94 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown while backfield mate Kirk Elisar added 85 on eight attempts.
“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Dutchtown,” said St. Amant football coach David Oliver, whose team had its four-game winning streak snapped. “They’ve got a great football team. You spot them a few touchdowns and they’ve earned all the rest; we put ourselves in some bad positions and they’re the kind of team that capitalizes on that. They just wore us down.”
Collins’ made his lone carry of the second half a memorable one - taking a handoff from Mickens to his left and sprinting through St. Amant’s defense before hitting another gear in front of his own sideline and completed an 88-yard play to make it 35-7.
Mosely, following Victory Mattaur’s fumble recovery, went 39 yards on first down from the Wildcat postion on a nifty, weaving score that resulted in a commanding 42-7 advantage following Tyler Sarrazin’s sixth extra point with 1:26 left in the third quarter.
Dutchtown extended its 14-0 lead with a pair of touchdowns in the last four minutes before halftime, capped by Mickens’ 26-yard touchdown pass to Mosely with 5.2 seconds to
play for a 28-0 cushion at the break.
The Griffins forced three first-half turnovers, including a fumble recovery and interception from defensive back Tevin Reed, and scored on
drives of 40, 52, 54 and 40 yards.
Reed’s fumble recovery on St. Amant’s second offensive series set up Collins’ 31-yard score for a 7-0 lead with 3:18 left in the first quarter. The Griffins overcame third-and-13 on Nickens’ 23-yard delay. Two plays later Magras scored from 11 yards out with 5:59 left.
Dutchtown then added two back-breaking touchdowns in the final 28 seconds, the first after a 19-yard punt, with Mickens scoring on a 1-yard sneak and secondly after Reed’s interception on first down at St. Amant’s 40, Mosely got behind coverage on a post-corner route for a 26-yard TD with 5.2 seconds left.
“Our defense gave us a couple of turnovers and gave us a short field and that’s all conducive to scoring points,” Saia said.
“We do have some weapons on offense but we’ve just got to keep getting better.”