On Senior Night, Dutchtown sent off their seniors with a big 31-7 win over previously undefeated St. Amant at Griffin Field Friday night.
It was no surprise that Dutchtown won and it wouldn’t have been surprising if St. Amant pulled off the win as well. The reason why the result of this game was so shocking is because of the lopsidedness of the score when everyone expected a low-scoring, defensive battle between two of the best defenses not only in the Baton Rouge area but in the state of Louisiana as a whole.
The key player in Dutchtown’s victory was running back/linebacker Carter Hanberry. Hanberry, who is committed to Southeastern Louisiana as a linebacker, had five rushes for 65 yards with two touchdowns and on defense had seven tackles and a pass breakup.
The Griffins rushed for over 318 rushing yards, the most rushing yards that any opponent has put on St. Amant. Dutchtown running back Lekedrin Harvey had 100 yards of rushing on only 11 carries with a touchdown. Star running back Gary Dukes had 76 yards with one touchdown while senior quarterback Ethan Aucoin had 78 rushing yards.
“The last drive of the first half and the first drive of the second half dictated it,” Dutchtown head coach Guy Mistretta said. “That’s when the offensive line really came on their own. They started moving the ball and they gained confidence. Defensively, we played really well again. St. Amant gives you so many different looks. I thought our discipline on defense was outstanding. This game will give us confidence moving forward.”
After both defenses dominated for most of the game, Dutchtown slowly and methodically marched down. The drive was capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Hanberry who scored from the wildcat quarterback spot to put the Griffins ahead 7-0 at the end of the half.
On the following offensive possession, Hanberry would score his second rushing touchdown to cap off an eight-play, 72-yard scoring drive to put the Griffins ahead of St. Amant by a score of 14-0 of St. Amant 14-0 with 6:53 left in the third quarter.
However, St. Amant would come within a touchdown on the next possession when sophomore quarterback Cooper Babin found Easton Jarreau for a 39-yard touchdown pass to make the score 14-7 with just under two minutes left in the third quarter.
Babin would finish with 150 yards of passing and Jarreau led the Gators with receiving yards with 78.
However, the Gators would never see that type of success again because the Dutchtown defense would suffocate them for the rest of the night.
The Griffins would lead 31-7 late in the fourth quarter after both Dukes and Harvey would find the endzone. Dukes broke through the line and scored a 30-yard touchdown. Later, the Dutchtown defense forced St. Amant to turn the ball over after a fumble, leading to another leaping touchdown run by Harvey from one yard out.
Dutchtown will square off against Denham Springs next Friday in the Grffins’ last home game of the year. St. Amant will have another big game next week as the Gators will host first-place Walker.