- Feature Story
- Game Recap
- NCL Staff
- September 16, 2017 - 3:21am
Lutcher quarterback Kolby Bourgeois tossed four touchdown passes as the Bulldogs won their first game of the season with a 35-12 triumph Friday night over visiting Marksville.
Bourgeois tossed two touchdown passes to Jacoby Williams and two to Gregory Clayton. Williams added a rushing touchdown while Daevon Adams topped 100 yards on the ground.
Meanwhile, Lutcher’s defense held Marksville to 79 yards of total offense – all on the ground.
Lutcher (1-2) had to overcome a 12-7 halftime deficit in gaining its first victory of the season.
“It’s still one of those things where we know we are still a work in progress,” Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins said. “We’ve kind of talked about some of the things we need to do to improve but we aren’t there yet. In three weeks, we haven’t created a turnover on defense. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it. We still turned the ball over two times tonight, so we still have some issues there. I guess the one big plus is we didn’t give up any big plays on special teams.
“This team has understood that this is a long season and we know we are a work in progress and is a team that needs to continue to improve and continue to work and that’s what they’ve done.”
Marksville scored on its opening drive to grab a quick 6-0 lead.
Lutcher took a 7-6 lead on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Bourgeois to Williams and an Alec Bland conversion before the Tigers scored right before halftime to lead 12-7 at the break on a 5-yard run by Jacob Young.
A season-long inability by the Lutcher offense to sustain drives continued in the first half against Marksville.
“The first half was kind of what we’ve had,” Jenkins said. “Our problems offensively have not been our inability to move the ball. We just haven’t been able to sustain anything.
“In the first half, we had four possessions. The first half we drove the ball and couldn’t convert on a third-and-one-inch and ended up giving the ball back to them. The next possession, we scored. The next two possessions we drive the ball down the field and fumble.”
Lutcher’s defense came up with a stop to open the second half to give the Bulldogs’ offense good field position.
“From there we were able to take advantage of some things Marksville was trying to do to stop us from running the ball. We had success running the ball early-on. They started loading the box with a lot of guys and Kolby Bourgeois was able hit Gregory Clayton and Jacoby Williams on some deep passes,” Jenkins said.
Williams scored on a 1-yard run early in the third quarter to put Bulldogs on top for good at 14-12.
Bourgeois, who was 12 of 19 passing for 169 yards, tossed a pair of 19-yard touchdown strikes later in the third quarter, one to Clayton and the other to Williams as the Bulldogs extended their lead to 28-12 going into the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs capped the scoring in the fourth quarter on a 47-yard connection from Bourgeois to Clayton.
Clayton finished with 115 reception yards on six catches. Williams had four catches for 45 yards. Daevon Adams rushed for 138 yards on 21 attempts.
Marksville’s top ground gainer was Daniel Miller with 29 yards on eight carries.
Zane McCrary led the Bulldogs in tackles with nine, including three for loss. Keiron Goudia, Rowdy Scott and Gabe Bland all had four tackles apiece for Lutcher.