LHS looks to stay hot; St. James set for Pelicans challenge

Published 11:45 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2012



LUTCHER — The Lutcher Bulldogs just keep rolling.

The River Parishes’ only undefeated team scored another lopsided victory Friday night, trouncing Broadmoor 43-6 in a game that was all but settled by halftime.

That game pushed Lutcher to 2-0 in district and 4-0 on the season. The Bulldogs will be favored to move to 5-0 on Friday night as they visit Istrouma, which will enter the game with a record of 1-3.

That lone victory, however, is what Istrouma will be coming off of this week after defeating district foe Belaire convincingly, 32-13, last week.

Coach Tim Detillier doesn’t want his team looking ahead; a big home district game with a 4-1 St. Michael looms for the Bulldogs next week, and the Bulldogs won’t want to be coming off of a shaky performance.

As things stand, Detillier reiterated after Friday’s game that the Bulldogs, while getting the job done, need to sharpen things up.

“We’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot,” Detillier said. “(On Friday), we made some more of those mistakes … At least they were different kinds of mistakes, and we eliminated a lot of mental errors that we’d been making too consistently … I will say, this team plays through it.”

The Bulldogs have flashed numerous offensive weapons this season surrounding quarterback Ruston Matherne; leading receiver Sully Martin, tailbacks DiJohn Payne and Torian Shorty, and receivers Spencer Roussel and DeAmphrany Davis all among them; the latter two each hauling in a pair of scoring passes last week.

Istrouma quarterback Marquise Kaigler passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the Indians victory Friday. He ran for 82 of Istrouma’s 177 rushing yards.


After a tough predistrict schedule that left St. James still winless in the coach James Bell era, the Wildcats get ready for District 7-3A as it opens with a road game at Port Allen Friday.

Port Allen is coming off of its only loss of the season, a 50-45 shootout against White Castle. The Pelicans have defeated McMain, Pointe Coupee Central and Crescent City this season.

Port Allen boasts a powerful offense, averaging 38 points per game. The Pelicans run the spread option and are led by quarterback Darian Claiborne.

The Pelicans were 10-3 last season, reaching the Class 3A state quarterfinals.

St. James (0-4) fell in a close game to Port Allen last season, 26-21. That game was one of the first that quarterback D’kwan Sandolph saw extensive time; he connected with Shaquille Narcisse on a 31-yard score and ran for another.