PLAQUEMINE - Lutcher High School moved the ball effortlessly all night against Plaquemine at Andrew Canova Green Devil Stadium on Friday night, clinching the District 6-4A title with a 34-8 win over the Green Devils.
Daniel Taylor rushed for 149 yards and one touchdown on just 12 carries for the Bulldogs (9-1, 6-0 in 6-4A), who also got 194 yards and three touchdowns passing from Ruston Matherne in the championship-clinching effort.
“This always feels great,” Lutcher coach Tim Detillier said. “It still means a lot in Lutcher, and it’s one of our goals every year. Tomorrow all of my thoughts go toward power points and seeding, but for tonight I’m glad we accomplished it.”
Julius Maracalin and Hakeem Deggs carried Plaquemine (6-4, 5-1) with a pair of strong rushing efforts, with Marcalin picking up 111 yards on 22 carries and Deggs adding 85 yards and the Green Devils’ only touchdown on 9 totes.
“We’re very disappointed,” Plaquemine coach Bob Howell said. “We lost to a very good football team. We’re still learning, and now we know the caliber of football we need to play to have success in the playoffs.”
Lutcher moved the ball effortlessly on its first drive, averaging 12.25 yards per play. The four-play drive ended when Matherne threw a dart over the middle to Jared Poche for a 10-yard score.
Matherne kept it himself for the Bulldogs’ second touchdown, rushing up the middle from 3 yards out to stretch the visitors’ lead to 14-0.
Late in the second quarter the Green Devils drove the ball down the field, helped in large part by a 56-yard catch-and-run effort by Deggs. But Plaquemine was forced to punt and the Bulldogs regained possession at their own 20-yard line with 53 seconds remaining on the clock.
With Plaquemine dropping back in defense to defend the expected pass, Lutcher dialed up a draw. The handoff to Taylor went 80 yards right up the middle for a score for a three-touchdown lead at halftime.
Lutcher went for it on fourth down at midfield on its first drive of the second half, but Poche’s throw to Taylor on a fake punt went for no gain.
Plaquemine moved the ball right down the field, but Deggs lost the ball while diving over the pile into the end zone attempting to score the Green Devils’ first touchdown, and Lutcher was able to keep the shutout intact.
The Bulldogs stretched their lead to 28-0 when Matherne hit a wide-open Dijohn Payne over the middle for a 25-yard TD.
After an illegal-substitution penalty on Lutcher gave Plaquemine fourth-and-1 at its own 36-yard line late in the third quarter the Green Devils went for it. But DeOndre Philson’s rush was for no gain, and the ball was turned over on downs.
Matherne finished Lutcher’s drive with his third touchdown of the night, a perfectly thrown fade that De’Amphrany Davis in the back right corner of the end zone.
Plaquemine finally got on the board early in the fourth quarter when Deggs sprinted down the left sideline, leaving the Lutcher defense in his wake for a 76-yard touchdown run.
Deggs’ score was too little, too late for the Green Devils however, as Lutcher kept the ball on the ground from there and left the ball in Taylor and Payne’s hands to seal the win.