LHS headed to Dome with semi-finals win
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 6, 2006
By JOHNNY PEPPO
Lutcher completed their run to the state championship on the road last Friday, taking a relatively comfortable 20-14 win over Notre Dame, who had reached the championship game in each of the previous three years, to reach the title game for the first time since 2003 when they beat Notre Dame for the title.
The final score was a bit misleading as the Bulldogs were rarely in danger of losing their lead which they took in the first quarter by a score of 6-0 with a 38-yard touchdown reception by Davonne Lumar. They added to that with a 60-plus yard catch and run from quarterback Blaine Gauthier to running back Khymest Williams to make it 14-0 following a successful conversion on a halfback pass from Williams to Broderick Albert.
The Pioneers had made it interesting with an 60-plus yard drive for a touchdown, but a blocked extra point gave the LHS squad even more momentum as they led 14-6. After Williams first TD, the Lutcher defense kept Notre Dame off of the scoreboard until the waning moments of the game when they punched one in to make it look more respectable.
“The players in our locker room have had to endure everything this season,” said Lutcher head coach Tim Detillier. “Our home burnt up early on in the year and we weren’t even sure we’d be able to get this thing off of the ground. We had to order everything new and start from scratch. We just got everything done under the wire. And now we’re headed to the Dome for the state championship.”
The winning margin came in the third quarter when Gauthier hit Michael Marshe for a 38-yard scamper to make it the 20-14 final.
“We couldn’t be any more proud of these guys,” said Detillier. “We still got one more to go.”