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Bulldogs get past first round with 41-14 triumph over DeRidder

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  • November 15, 2014 - 12:31am

Photos by Steve IlesDestin Porter (5) picks up a big block from Rhett Lodrigues (62) for some positive yards in Lutcher' opening-round playoff win over DeRidder.

By Steven Iles

DERIDDER - The 17th-seeded Lutcher Bulldogs broke their two-year opening-round playoff skid Friday evening, defeating 16th-seeded DeRidder 41-­14 to move on to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.

“Tonight was a good old-fashioned Lutcher football game,” said Bulldog coach Tim Detillier.

Lutcher’s win sets up a rematch against District 6-4A champion Plaquemine. The Green Devils, who ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, defeated the McDonogh 35 Roneagles 21-14 Friday. Earlier in the season, the Bulldogs lost to Plaquemine 28-14.

Jontre Kirlin led the Bulldogs on the ground with 125 yards and three touchdowns, while he completed 11 of 19 passes for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Kirklin got things going for the Bulldogs on their second series, capping a 41-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown run and a Nick Remondet extra point, giving Lutcher a 7-0 lead with 5:13 left in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, the Lutcher defense was too much for the Dragons, holding DeRidder to 180 yards of total offense, including minus-6 passing.

The Bulldogs took advantage of the Dragons’ poor offensive effort, with Kirklin finding paydirt on a 2-yard run, capping a 65-yard drive, extending the lead to 14-0 with 7:08 left in the first half.

DeRidder’s All-State running back, D’Angelo Reder, got the Dragons on the scoreboard with 6:43 left in the first half on a 70-yard touchdown run, cutting the Bulldog lead to 14-­6.

Lutcher went on to score two more touchdowns before the end of the first half on runs of 4 yards by Kirkland and 2 yards by Destin Porter for a 27-6 lead at halftime.

Kirklin recorded his first passing touchdown of the night late in the third quarter on a 12-yard pass to Al’Dontre Davis, extending the Bulldogs’ lead to 34-6 with 4:18 left in the third quarter.

Paul Taylor and Kirklin connected on the Bulldogs’ ensuing drive for a 16-yard touchdown, increasing the lead to 41-­6 over DeRidder.

Reder scored the final points of the game on a 46-yard run, with the Dragons completing the drive with a two-point conversion for the 41-14 final.

“It was a complete team effort tonight with our offense and defense coming together just at the right time,” Detillier said.

Kirklin had a hand in 281 of the Bulldogs’ 349 total yards with a combined five touchdowns. Porter had 17 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown, while Kendrick Jackson finished with 22 yards.

Davis led the Bulldog receiving corps with 91 yards on six receptions and a touchdown, while Gavin Englade finished with 29 yards. Taylor had 16 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs.

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