Taylor’s four TDs lead Lutcher past Huntington

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 13, 2010



For the past two weeks, Lutcher coach Tim Detillier lamented the fact that he felt his team had not yet played a complete game this season.

Those worries have been soothed.

The sixth-seeded Bulldogs scored 29 first quarter points to knock off Huntington in a route Friday, 56-20 at the Dog Yard in a first round Class 4A playoff game.

“I told the kids that we hadn’t yet played a complete game. But it came in the nick of time,” said Detillier.

Daniel Taylor rushed for 186 yards and four touchdowns on nine carries to lead the Bulldogs (10-1), who also got 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns on seven Jared Poche carries.

Elliot Jones’ 33-yard pass to Adam parting put the Raiders ahead 6-0 early but that success was fleeting. Lutcher quickly established control – Daniel Taylor rushed for two touchdowns in less than two minutes to put Lutcher ahead 15-6, and a Jared Poche 33-yard touchdown run gave the Bulldogs plenty of breathing room.

Jones would keep Huntington alive by connecting with top receiver Desman Ethridge for a 77-yard touchdown strike, but Lutcher answered with no time left in the first quarter on Ruston Matherne’s 6-yard scoring pass to Trevor Englade.

The crowd was able to catch its break after a scoreless second quarter. But the first two scores of the second half both came via the legs of Taylor, both on 52-yard runs. That made it 43-12, and the rout was officially on.

Huntington (5-6) won the time of possession battle convincingly, 33:12 to 14:48. It also put up 411 yards of offense to Lutcher’s 506.

But while Jones (239-2-2) and Ethridge (9-148-1) both had very productive games, often their yardage went without benefit.

“Their quarterback was as good as we thought. And that receiver (Ethridge) was even better than we thought,” said Detillier. “They killed us in time of possession, but as it would turn out, we put points on the board at the end of our drives and they were unable to.”

Englade caught three passes for 59 yards and two scores. Jarvis Landry caught five passes for 86 yards.

Matherne led Lutcher quarterbacks, completing all four of his passes for 74 yards and two scores.