Dutchtown’s Collins leads way over Lutcher

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 3, 2011

In a battle of highly ranked teams in Class 5A and 4A, Dutchtown captured its second victory in two years over Lutcher, winning convincingly in Geismar, 32-8.

Dutchtown’s Landon Collins made the most of his limited offensive touches. The highly touted safety got four carries on offense and turned them into 73 yards and two touchdowns, coming from 8 and 62 yards.

Daniel Taylor had a strong game for the Bulldogs, running 26 times for 181 yards and a 3-yard score that gave LHS some third quarter life, cutting Dutchtown’s 170 lead to 17-8; Taylor rushed for the ensuing two-point conversion as well.

But Collins’ 62 yard run with 6:29 left in the third quarter put the Griffins ahead by two scores again. Mason Nickens finished things off with a 4-yard touchdown run with 8:44 left to play, his second score of the night.

The game was close in terms of total yardage, Dutchtown outgaining Lutcher 260-240. Each team allowed few passing yards, while each was also able to run effectively.

But Dutchtown gained separation by winning the turnover battle (3 takeaways to one) and holding Lutcher to just two-of-10 third down conversions. Dutchtown converted a healthy seven of its 13.