GEISMAR - Lutcher High running back Daniel Taylor put on a show by rushing for 181 yards on 30 carries.
Taylor and a steady, often heavy downpour could not upstage the season-opening performance of Dutchtown High and Landon Collins on Friday night.
Collins and quarterback Mason Nickens combined to rush for 158 yards and four touchdowns as Dutchtown claimed a 32-8 win over Lutcher in the matchup of ranked teams from different classifications.
A 62-yard TD run by Collins on and third-and-seven
midway through the third quarter squelched Lutcher’s momentum in the game played at DHS.
“I thought we battled,” Dutchtown coach Benny Saia said.
“I thought when they made their run at the first part of the second half, we answered. And that was what I was looking for.”
Collins ran for 94 yards on seven carries and scored
two touchdowns for the Griffins (1-0), ranked third in Class 5A.
Nickens added 64 yards on 14 carries and also scored twice. Collins also had one of two first-quarter interceptions that helped Dutchtown race out to a 17-0 halftime lead on Lutcher (0-1), rated fourth in Class 4A.
“Initially, I thought they handled the conditions better than we need,” LHS coach Tim Detillier said. “I knew we needed to play well and maybe get a little help. We gave too many gifts ourselves.
“We really gave the effort at the start of the second half and I thought we had them. Landon Collins took over and that’s just the type of player he is.”
Two turnovers - interceptions by Landon Joshua and Collins - set up two first-quarter touchdowns for the Griffins. Lutcher finished with four turnovers.
Joshua intercepted a Ruston Matherne pass three plays into Lutcher’s second possession and returned it 9 yards to the Lutcher 30.
Six plays later, Dutchtown scored on a 10-yard run around the left side by Nickens. Tyler Sarrazin’s point-after kick made it 7-0 with 1:14 remaining in the first period.
Three scrimmage plays later, Collins hauled in an interception and returned it 20 yards to the LHS 8.
Collins, who rushed for 29 first-half yards, scored on a 8-yard run on the next play.
Sarrazin’s kick made it 14-0 with 40 seconds to go in the first period.
The teams traded punts for most of the second quarter. Dutchtown drove 60 yards in the final 3:03 to tack on a field goal.
Nickens completed five passes during the drive, including two passes for 25 yards to Torrance Mosley. Sarrazin booted a 26-yard field goal into a driving rain with 12 seconds left, making it 17-0.
Lutcher seized the second-half momentum in a definitive way. The Bulldogs drove 76 yards in 11 plays, taking 4:14 off the clock.
Matherne completed a 12-yard pass to Alex Stewart during the drive that featured plenty of running by Taylor, who scored on a 2-yard run and added a two-point conversion with 7:38 left in the third quarter.
It was a 17-8 game for less than two minutes.
Collins and the Griffins countered quickly. On third-and-seven, Collins took a handoff from Nickens and darted to the outside, outracing the Lutcher secondary down the Lutcher sideline on his 62-yard scoring run. Another Sarrazin extra point made it a 24-8 game at the 6:02 mark.
Lutcher drove to the Dutchtown 34 on its next possession. On fourth-and-one, Taylor was stopped short of a first down by the center of the Griffins’ defensive line.
From there, Dutchtown put together its best offensive possession, driving 66 yards in 10 plays. Just as important was the drive took 5:42 off the clock.
Nickens and fullback Austen Brown took turns running the ball.
Nickens had runs of 12 and 13 yards. A personal foul penalty against Lutcher also fueled the drive that ended with a 3-yard TD run by Nickens. A two-point PAT run by lineman Zac Hill upped the Dutchtown lead to 32-8 at the 7:29 mark of the fourth quarter.
Lutcher fumbled the ball away twice in the final four minutes.
Landon Campo made one
of the recoveries for the Griffins.