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Bulldogs looking to stay in the district hunt

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 28, 1998

LUTCHER – The Lutcher Bulldogs will be looking to stay in the hunt for the District 10-3A title with a win at Donaldsonville Friday night.

The Bulldogs are currently in third place in the district with a 2-1 record and a 6-2 mark overall. Lutcher is a half-game back of E.D. White and agame back of St. James. The Bulldogs can win the district by winning outand St. James losing its final two games. Lutcher can place second bydefeating Donaldsonville and Plaquemine.

Lutcher is coming off a 27-7 victory at home against E.D. White. Runningback Damian Ursin ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries as the Bulldogs gained 187 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs also did notcommit a turnover.

The defense continues to be a strong point, holding the Cardinals to 120 yards and forcing three turnovers. Defensive lineman Brad Whitney alsoreturned an interception 32 yards for a score.

Ursin is one of the leading rushers in the metro area with 834 yards and 10 touchdowns on 120 carries (6.9 yards per carry). He is also among thescoring leaders with 11 touchdowns. Thomas Ricks completed 7 of his 15passes for 99 yards a touchdown. On the season, he has now completed 47of 112 passes for 653 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bulldogs defense will face a challenge this week in the Donaldsonville passing attack. Both quarterback Terrance Landry and wide receiver ToddGarnett are among the state leaders at their positions.

The Tigers come into the game off a 19-18 loss to Plaquemine that dropped them to 0-3 in district and 2-7 overall. Plaquemine’s MarioMigliacio threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Travis D’Albor on the final play of the game for the winning score.

Landry completed 15 of his 29 passes in the game for 225 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a score.

On the season, the sophomore has completed 68 of his 167 passes for 1,046 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also been intercepted nine times.Garnett has been Landry’s favorite receiver, catching over 35 passes for more than 600 yards and eight touchdowns. Earlier this season, Garnetthad nine catches for 193 yards and two touchdowns against Assumption.

The Tigers’ backfield is young with junior Matt Darville and sophomore Mike Lymon at running back. The line is more experienced, led by seniorsBrock Cassand, Dontrell Joseph and Shannon Comrey.

The Tiger defense gave up 298 yards to Plaquemine, 151 of which came on the ground. For the season, the Tigers have given up a district-worst 223points, an average of 27 points per game.

That defense is led by senior linebacker Andrew Jones. Junior defensiveends Mike Gibson and Dustin Schexnayder and linebacker Tony LeBlanc provide support.

Last year, the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers, 14-7, on their way to a second-place finish in district play.

Lutcher hosts Plaquemine next Friday in the season finale.

Donaldsonville travels to St. James.

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