DESTREHAN - The many roles of Dutchtown phenom Landon Collins were on full display Friday.
Collins, a 6-foot-1, 206-pound senior who has emerged as one of the state's top recruits, was a running back, a safety and a decoy against Destrehan.
But in the end, second-ranked Dutchtown showed it is more than a one-man team when it defeated Destrehan 28-7 for its 17th win in its past 18 games.
Dutchtown junior quarterback Mason Nickens rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Senior defensive back Jacolby Bureau recovered two fumbles and had one interception.
"It takes everybody to win on the field," Nickens said.
Collins rushed for 105 yards and one touchdown on seven carries. The only drawbacks to Collins' game were two fumbles, which came on a running play and a muffed punt, which Dutchtown recovered.
"Landon is an amazing guy," Dutchtown coach Benny Saia said.
Destrehan junior receiver Rickey Jefferson, the younger brother of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, went down with a leg injury late in the fourth quarter and did not return. Destrehan coach Chris Stroud said he did not know the full extent of Jefferson's injury.
As if the pre-game study wasn't enough, it only took one play for Collins to make a believer out of Destrehan. He took a handoff from Nickens out of shotgun formation, sped around left end, zigzagged his way through the secondary and raced to the end zone for a 74-yard touchdown on the Griffins' first play from scrimmage.
"It's always good to play ahead instead of behind," Saia said.
But that run was only one of 14 offensive plays for Dutchtown in the first half as the Griffins led 7-0.
The rest of the first half consisted of Destrehan (2-3) slowly marching the ball up and down the field only to fumble away prime scoring chances.
The Wildcats drove 70 yards on 17 plays to the Dutchtown 13-yard line on their third possession. But the threat ended when Destrehan running back Mark Trudeaux fumbled and Bureau returned it 44 yards.
"We've got to execute on offense," Stroud said.
Destrehan came back on its ensuing possession and drove 71 yards on 14 plays to the Dutchtown 7-yard line. But the threat ended when Bureau returned another fumble by Trudeaux 90 yards to the Destrehan 3-yard line. Dutchdown lost 15 yards for a personal foul at the end of the return.
But the Griffins (5-0) failed to score on their possession when kicker Tyler Sarrazin missed wide left on a 33-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in the half.
The Griffins then took control in the second half.
DHS increased its lead to 14-0 when quarterback Mason Nickens ran through the middle of the Destrehan defense for a 39-yard touchdown on the first possession of the third quarter. The score capped a five-play, 65-yard drive, which was delayed briefly when Destrehan tacklers tore a large section of Nickens' No. 15 jersey and forced him to switch to No. 14.
Dutchtown running back Darrell Hardnett increased the Griffins' lead to 21-0 when he powered up the middle for a 16-yard touchdown with 6:06 left in the game. Nickens scored his final touchdown on a 12-yard scoring run with 1:05 left.
"Coach mostly said at halftime that he wanted us to come out and put them away in the second half," Nickens said.