Lutcher ends Warriors’ undefeated run; St. James, Destrehan fall

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 15, 2011



Lutcher went into a hostile environment on the road at a frenzied St. Michael’s stadium, but the Bulldogs showed why they entered District 6-4A as the favorite, handing the Warriors their first loss in lopsided fashion, 45-7.

Lutcher almost doubled St. Michael’s in total offense, 453-238. Warrior backs combined to rush 41 times for 155 yards; quarterback Dash Duncan could not get on track, completing 10 of his 28 pass attempts for 83 yards.

Daniel Taylor was the bellcow for Lutcher, rushing 20 times for 226 yards and three touchdowns. Ruston Matherne was 10 for 17 for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Dorian Semien was his most frequent target, catching four passes for 57 yards and a score. Jared Poche also caught a touchdown and Dijohn Payne added a 76-yard reception.

Lutcher did not turn the ball over. St. Michael’s had two turnovers.

After a field goal by Nicholas Gatch, Taylor’s 63-yard touchdown run put LHS ahead 9-0.

The Warriors shot back on a touchdown run by C.J. Okpalobi early in the second quarter.

But Lutcher added to their lead going into halftime, scoring with less than a minute left on Matherne’s 20-yard pass to Poche.

The final two quarters saw book-ended Lutcher scores, with the Bulldogs essentially beginning and ending each with a touchdown. Poche scored on a 1-yard plunge with 9:50 left in the third, then Taylor scored on a 4-yard run with three seconds left to make it 31-7. Semien added a touchdown reception with 9:20 left in the fourth from 17 yards away; Taylor got loose on a 61-yard run to make it 45-7.

BRUSLY 21, ST. JAMES 14 — St. James continues to search for its first win after being denied by host Brusly tonight.

The Panthers’ Jay Christophe rushed for a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give the Panthers a touchdown lead, breaking an 8-8 tie. His touchdown pass to Sherrod Patterson from 39-yards away made it 21-8 at halftime.

St. James scored touchdowns in the first and the fourth quarter. The first came via Junius Champagne’s 90-yard kickoff return for a score; Larohn Cambre’s two-point conversion run tied the game 8-8.

Shaquille Narcisse, making his return at quarterback from injury, netted St. James a fourth quarter score when he connected with Sanchez Zennon for a 30-yard touchdown.

St. James dropped to 0-7, 0-2 in district with the loss.

Brusly improved to 5-0, 2-1 in district play.

EHRET 26, DESTREHAN 20 — The Wildcats fell for the fifth straight game Friday night, this time at the hands of district foe Ehret, and this time, once again, it happened in overtime.

Ehret’s Mike Alexander scored on a 12-yard run to put his team ahead six in overtime, but Destrehan had a chance to tie, then win with an extra point after Ehret’s conversion attempt failed.

Quarterback Donovan Isom’s rush attempt on fourth and goal from the four came up short and Ehret had its first victory of the season.

Kevin Smith rushed for 90 yards and scored a touchdown for Destrehan.

Alexander’s 9-yard score in the fourth quarter answered Smith’s third quarter touchdown run that had tied things up at 13, giving Ehret a 20-13 lead. Lou Donovan forced overtime, however, with an 8-yard scoring run to tie the game for DHS.

Daniel Cimino hit a pair of field goals, from 25 and 28 yards away.

DHS fell to 2-5, and 0-2 in district play. Ehret improved to 1-5, and 1-1 in district.