DUTCHTOWN — With his team’s biggest test of the season coming to Griffin Field next week Dutchtown coach Benny Saia had reason to be optimistic his club will be primed for the challenge.
Not only did points come in bushels, but they were also derived in many different forms with an early first-half blitz setting the tone in Dutchtown’s 48-7 homecoming victory Friday over Captain Shreve.
Dutchtown (2-2) entertains defending Division I state champion and Class 5A’s top-ranked Archbishop Rummel, a 17-14 winner over sixth-ranked Catholic High.
“I thought we played a pretty complete game,” Saia said. “It was good to see that because that’s what you hope as the season progresses. You want to become a complete team. Hopefully, this will give us some momentum to have a good week of practice and do the best we can against the No. 1 team in the state.”
Dutchtown made it 48-0 on its second play of the third quarter on Fitell Bolding’s 47-yard sprint over the left side, coupled with the sixth successful extra point from Justin Reid.
The Griffins finished with 400 yards of offense — 231 passing and 179 passing — with the majority of their front-line players on the sideline after the third quarter.
Bolding’s 77 yards on five carries topped Dutchtown with Kujaun Coleman adding 12 carries for 41 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Quarterback Brandt Fritsche was exceptionally sharp, completing 10 of 11 passes in the first half for 163 yards and two touchdowns, including a 59-yarder to Averee York (5-133) for 59 yards.
“We went two weeks without being very efficient in the passing game,” Saia said. “I know we have the ability to do it and it was good to see it come to fruition.”
Captain Shreve (3-1), which was off to its best start since 1996, avoided being shutout with 5:12 remaining on Donavon Banks’ 6-yard run. The Gators wound up 166 yards but were limited to 22 rushing yards on 27 attempts.
“They’re a good football team,” Captain Shreve coach Richard Lary said. “That’s a misleading record. They’re a quality football team with a quality program. Their size and speed took its toll on us on both sides of the ball.”
Coleman scored on runs a 1 and 3 yards, respectively, to start and finish Dutchtown’s late second-quarter surge, resulting in a commanding 41-0 halftime advantage.
Alonzo Craighton’s blocked punt with 4:24 remaining in the half triggered a 2 ½ minute stretch where Dutchtown reeled off 21 straight points with Coleman scoring three plays after the block.
Sandwiched in between was the second defensive score that made it 34-0 when linebacker Javad Ben returned a fumble 26 yards.
Dutchtown scored in rapid-fire fashion midway through the first quarter en route to a 20-0 cushion.
Fritsche completed 5-of-5 for 44 yards on Dutchtown’s opening drive that he capped with a 12-yard scoring pass to Caleb Ricca on fourth-and-two and linebacker Hunter Hill recovered quarterback Cory Anaya’s fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.
“I felt like we needed that,” Saia said. “We were reeling confidence wise offensively and we needed something good to happen to us and thank God it did.”