- Feature Story
- Game Recap
- RPF Staff
- September 30, 2017 - 4:39am
A 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kolby Bourgeois to Rondell Mealey with 47 seconds left in the game seemed to signify overtime for the Lutcher Bulldogs in their game Friday night at Dutchtown.
But the football gods, always so kind to the Bulldogs through the years, have not been cooperating this year.
After the Bourgeois-to-Mealey connection, the Griffins moved quickly down the field to set up a 38-yard field goal by Cohen Parent for a 24-21 triumph that dropped the two-time defending state champions to 1-4 on the season.
“I guess it’s sort of that snowball effect,” Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins said. “When things don’t go your way, they really don’t go your way.
“Our kids played hard and responded. We had a lot of kids out this week. Over the course of the week we had 20 different players missed practice with a virus or the flu. We had some kids that had to step up and injuries were not kind again.”
The game opened as if luck might finally be on the Bulldogs’ side in 2017.
Dutchtown (3-2) marched on the opening possession of the game before eventually fumbling into the end zone with the Bulldogs recovering. The fumble snapped a string of 16 quarters to open the season in which the Lutcher defense failed to force a turnover.
Following a scoreless first quarter, a 1-yard touchdown run by Dutchtown quarterback Ben Mays and a 6-yard run by Brock Beaman staked the Griffins to a 14-0 lead.
The Bulldogs were down by two touchdowns before scoring on a 54-yard pass from Bourgeois to Jacoby Williams with less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter to rally to within a touchdown heading into halftime.
The Bulldogs’ defense came up with a stop to open the second half before the Lutcher offense tied the game 14-14 on an 8-yard pass from Bourgeois to Gregory Clayton.
After an exchange of punts, Dutchtown went on a drive of more than eight minutes and scored o a 1-yard run by Beaman to go up 21-14.
Lutcher got the ball back with less than five minutes left in the game and scored on Bourgeois’ touchdown pass to Mealey to tie the game and set the stage for Dutchtown’s game-winning kick.
Positive signs for the Bulldogs included a 97-yard rushing outing by Daevon Adams to go along with Bourgeois’ 14 of 18 passing effort. Clayton had eight catches and Williams six as each receiver scored a touchdown.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow but all you can do is keep working and grinding away and keep trying to do the right thing each and every day,” Jenkins said.