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Lutcher defeats Destrehan on Bland’s last-second field goal

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  • August 24, 2017 - 11:34pm

After kicking a 50-yard field goal in last week's scrimmage, Lutcher's Alec Bland kicked a game-winning 22-yard field goal as time expired.

For the third year in a row, Lutcher defeated Destrehan in the Ed Reed Jamboree, this time it was 23-21 on a last-second 22-yard field goal from Alec Bland.

"We know Alec Bland has to be a weapon for us," said Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins. "It was great to be able to put him in that position and have him respond."

In other jamboree action involving River Parish teams, host St. Charles Catholic dominated St. Thomas Aquinas 29-0 while Hahnville and visiting Jesuit played to a 14-14 tie.

Destrehan had taken the lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the game against Lutcher on a touchdown pass from J.R. Blood to Carl Lewis.

From there the Bulldogs methodically ran out the clock, setting up Blad's heroics.

"Kolby Bourgeois managed the game tremendously down the stretch," Jenkins said of the Lutcher quarterback. "He completed a huge third-and-long pass to Gregory Clayton. Daevon Adams, Rondell Mealey, and Jacoby Williams all ran incredibly hard. Our offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage."

Destrehan jumped on the board first on a 1-yard touchdown run by John Emery, who earlier picked up a clutch 29-yard run on a third-and-22 situation.

Lutcher answered with a 1-yard touchdown run from sophomore Williams, who like Emery, picked up a big gain during the drive.

Destrehan reclaimed the lead late in the first half when Macon Clark returned an interception for a touchdown.

Lutcher wasted little time in responding when Bourgeois connected with Clayton for a long touchdown pass to help tie the game at 14-14.

Trading scores and a late field goal to give Lutcher the win gave the game a feeling of a regular-season contest, according to Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux.

"We scored to go up late and they had to come back at the end of the game with a tremendous drive at the end of the game to kick the game-winning field goal. It was a good game for us to gauge where we're at. We saw some things we need to clean up and I think we will do that and we will be fiine," Robicheaux said. 

St. Charles versus St. Thomas Aquinas: St. Charles Catholic’s offense scored four times while the defense held St. Thomas Aquinas to minus-13 yards of total offense as the Comets defeated the visiting Falcons 29-0 in jamboree action Thursday.

"I saw some improvement but it wasn't enough improvement," St. Charles coach Frank Monica said of his team effort against St. Thomas Aquinas compared to the Comets' scrimmage a week earlier against University High. "The team we played was very young and I think there is another level that we can play to. We are not a finished product by any level of imagination but I saw some encouraging things. I thought we played physical and have a defense that can be very physical.

"Offensively, we are not hitting on all cylinders. We are making some silly mistakes and we do not have the rhythm we need to be on offense."

The Comets marched 73 yards on 13 plays and used up 8:04 of the clock on its initial drive of the game, culminating in a 1-yard quarterback keeper for Lloyd Nash for a quick 8-0 lead.

"We had two penalties on the first drive. We have to clean that up. I just felt we could have done some things better and got behind the chains a little bit and we weren't on schedule. You always want to try and stay on schedue offensively," Monica said.

On St. Thomas More’s opening possession a sack by Comets defender Gavin St. Pierre forced a punt from the Falcons’ 7-yard line. Joe Chiarella blocked the punt and Trey Joseph recovered in the end zone to extend the Comets’ lead 15-0 with 5:03 remaining in the first half.

St. Charles stretched its lead to 22-0 less than two minutes into the second half on a 38-yard pass from Nash to Darrin Blystad.

A 48-yard punt return by Phillip Tran down to the St. Thomas Aquinas 27-yard line set up a touchdown run by Chiarella two plays later to account for the 29-0 final.

Chiarella finished with 20 yards on six carries to go along with his touchdown run. Narquez Jones led the Comets in rushing with 58 yards on nine attempts.

Defensively, Dellary Oubre had three tackles, including an interception and a sack.

"The defense as three-and-out. That's something we preached to them all week. They (the Falcons) were running a spread offense with a fast pace and those offenses, you can't allow them to make first downs. If they don't you are off the field in a hurry and it gives the offense more at-bats. That's exactly what happened. We were able to get three-and-out and get a couple of sacks and put pressure on the quarterback and keep him on his heels a little bit. That was a big thing in the game," Monica said.

Hahnville versus Jesuit: Tigers running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams looked in midseason form and showed by he is a Kansas Jayhawks commitment, scoring on a 70-yard run and a 61-yard pass reception as Hahnville and visiting Jesuit played to a 14-14 tie Thursday.

"We had a lot of corrections to make. I think that's what every coach in the state is saying - that's what jamborees are far. We know what (Williams) can do. He's electric," Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said.

The Blue Jays grabbed a 7-0 lead at the 9:36 mark of the first half on a 20-yard pass from Alex Watermeier to Noah Varnado. Watermeier finished 12 of 27 passing for 158 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Hahnville tied the game that featured two, 15-minute halves, on Williams’ 70-yard touchdown run 3:02 before halftime.

Jesuit, which dominated time of possession in the first half, missed out on a pair of potential scores in the opening period. One Blue Jays drive ended on a fumble at the Hahnville 16-yard line and Max Scheurich missed a 40-yard field goal attempt.

"We gave up 257 yards in 48 snaps. Because we couldn't move the ball very well - we only had 23 offensive snaps and only held the ball for three minutes in the first half - I thought our kids held up pretty well. We got fatigued at the end but I have to give Jesuit a lot of credit. It goes back to why I love to play Jesuit. They are in midseason form. We held up pretty well considering the situation. We are much better defensively this year than we were last year."

Neither team scored again until the final five minutes of the game.

A 25-yard run by Willie Robinson put Jesuit on top 14-7 with 4:56 left in the game.

The Tigers salvaged a tie when quarterback Jha’Quan Jackson connected with Williams for a 61-score 57 seconds left in the contest.

Williams rushed for 155 yards in the game while Jackson was 2 of 3 passing for 64 yards.

"I still think he is learning how to be a quarterback," Saltaformaggio said of Jackson. "We were only 2 of 3 but we attempted 8 to 10 where he just tucked and ran. Out of the 10 attempts we had, he ran five times. That kind of makes it look like we weren't throwing the ball. We were, but he still has the midset of a receiver/athlete kind of player that 'I will make the plays with my feet.' He trusts his feet more than he trusts his vision. The touchdown he threw was a dart, so the arm strength and ability to throw the ball is there."

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Eric Richey is an Emmy award-winning sports anchor/reporter who has been covering high school football for 25 years.