Lutcher fires on all cylinders in ‘winner take all’ district battle

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 5, 2011

PLAQUEMINE — It was a good old fashioned “winner take all” battle between fellow district undefeateds Lutcher and Plaquemine Friday night for the District 6-4A championship.

Just one week after downing Assumption, then the No. 2 ranked team in Class 4A, the No. 3 Bulldogs captured their district crown, 34-8, on the road against a team that had dominated the rest of the district in similar fashion to the Bulldogs.

“One of our goals was to win district, and that still means something,” said Lutcher coach Tim Detillier. “We played like we wanted it.”

Daniel Taylor (10-139-1) and Ruston Matherne (13-66-1) dominated on the ground for Lutcher (9-1, 6-0). Matherne also had one of his best days as a passer, completing 17 of his 21 pass attempts for 207 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

“It was the sharpest game we’ve played this year,” Detillier said. “We knew that the way they run the ball, how well they do it, every possession was magnified. The game would be shortened. And we were efficient. We had four first half possessions and scored three times. Defensively, our guys either stuffed the run or, when they drove, came up with a turnover.”

Matherne helped LHS built a 14-0 lead after a quarter, capping two drives with touchdowns: first on a 13-yard pass to Jared Poche, then on a 3-yard keeper.

Taylor blew things wide open with a touchdown run late in the second quarter, an 81-yard jaunt with 50 seconds left that made it 21-0 at halftime.

Matherne connected with DiJohn Payne in the third and DeAmphray Davis in the fourth for two more touchdown passes, making it 34-0.

Hakeem Deggs scored on a 76-yard run early in the fourth quarter for the Green Devils’ only score.

“We were very, very well-prepared for this game,” said Detillier. “We did what we wanted to do offensively. We take what the defense gives us as a philosophy, and we did exactly that tonight.”