Dunham controlled the ground Friday night, but the Tigers had no answer for Donaldsonville’s explosive passing game.
Devon Breaux threw for 390 yards and four touchdowns as Donaldsonville from Class 3A notched its first victory, 32-20 at Dunham.
Leandre James caught eight passes for 193 yards and a touchdown for Donaldsonville (1-2).
Harrison Domingue led a prolific rushing game for Dunham (1-2) of Class 2A. Domingue ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns as Dunham rolled up 213 rushing yards.
But the homestanding Tigers couldn’t deal with Donaldsonville’s penchant for the long ball.
“Devon Breaux has kind of grown up from last year,” Donaldsonville coach Terence Williams said. “We had two of our slot receivers do a good job catching today, too.”
Donaldsonville held a 20-14 halftime lead, but Dunham tied the game midway through the third quarter. Domingue’s 20-yard touchdown run capped a 62-yard drive that took more than three minutes off the clock and evened the score at 20.
But Donaldsonville wasted no time reclaiming the lead. Breaux’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Jacquel Gant gave the visiting Tigers a 26-20 edge with 1:44 to go in the third quarter.
Donaldsonville added an insurance touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Breaux hit Jacquel Gant for a 41-yard touchdown that provided a 32-20 cushion with 10:28 to play.
Dunham had two more chances, but two penalties thwarted the first drive and a lost fumble ended the second series.
Dunham’s relied on its powerful running game to hang tough despite being outmanned in the air.
“I thought the offensive line really did well, and both running backs ran hard and physical” Dunham coach Guy Mistretta said. “We felt like that’s what we had to do to negate their speed was run right at them.
“We had a couple turnovers that hurt us, but other than that, I was proud of the offense.”
Donaldsonville scored first on a 79-yard touchdown pass from Breaux to Cortez Mitchell. Tre Brown’s two-point conversion run gave the visitors an 8-0 lead with 5:54 to play in the first quarter.
Donaldsonville extended its edge to 14-0 on Breaux’ 12-yard TD pass to Drew Rosemond with 10:38 left in the second quarter.
Dunham answered on the following series. Domingue’s 5-yard run capped an 80-yard scoring drive. Julian LaPrairie’s PAT cut Donaldsonville’s lead to 14-7 midway through the second quarter.
But 33 seconds later, Breaux hit a streaking James for a 54-yard TD pass and a 20-7 lead.
Grant Messer’s 4-yard TD pass to Austin Miller kept Dunham in striking distance with 23 seconds left in the first half.