The return of Colton Jumonville – and four Lutcher turnovers – were too much for the Bulldogs to overcome in a 36-27 loss to Parkview Baptist in the District 6-4A opener Friday night in Baton Rouge.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Lutcher, which dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-0 in district play.
Parkview Baptist, a perennial power, won its first game of the season after getting off to a 0-5 start by losing to the likes of heavyweights John Curtis, East Ascension, Catholic High of Baton Rouge, Walker and Southern Lab. The Eagles improved to 1-5 overall and 1-0 in league play.
“I tried to prepare our players and coaches for what type of environment we were going into,” Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins said. “Parkview, I knew, they were getting their team back on the field (after numerous injuries) for the first time all season. They had played arguably the toughest schedule in the state lead up to this Week 6 contest.
“I knew they would be ready to play and would be playing with a renewed life as district was starting. It was a chance for them to exorcise all the demons from the last couple of weeks and the tough games they played in. You have to give those guys credit but I wish we wouldn’t have spotted them the early points.”
Turnovers hurt the Bulldogs from the very start of the contest.
Five plays into the game, Parkview’s Darrel Cyprian picked off a Kolby Bourgeois screen pass and scampered 26 yards for a touchdown and an 8-0 lead after a two-point conversion.
On the ensuing kickoff, a sky kick dropped in front of a Lutcher return man, with Clayton Kimball recovering for Parkview at the Bulldogs’ 20.
Jumonville, who had been out all season with an injury, eventually scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down. Another two-point conversion extended the Eagles’ quick lead to 16-0.
The senior quarterback topped 100 yards rushing in making his first appearance of the season.
Another Bulldogs turnover allowed Parkview to extend its lead to 23-0.
Lutcher was on the move when Bulldogs receiver Jacoby Williams fumbled after a reception, giving the ball to the Eagles at the Parkview Baptist 28. Conner Reid eventually scored from a yard out to increase Parkview’s advantage.
The Bulldogs began to rally in the second quarter.
A 15-yard touchdown pass from Bourgeois, who topped 250 yards passing, to Cam Amato and a 21-yard run by Rondell Mealey made it 23-14.
The results weren’t what we wanted but we showed a lot of character in not just folding it up when we fell behind 23-0. We continued to fight back,” Jenkins said.
Parkview countered on a 13-yard run by Terry Toliver to build at 29-14 lead at halftime.
“That was big. They had a big third-down conversion on that drive that helped them out,” Jenkins said.
Lutcher got to within eight points when Bourgeois connected with Adrian Butler on a 53-yard strike to make it 29-21.
The Bulldogs were on the move again but turned the ball over again when a Bourgeois, while under duress, tossed a pass that was picked off by Parkview’s Christian Reier.
A 6-yard run by Dustin Phillippe built the Eagles’ lead to 36-21 in the middle of the fourth quarter.
An 18-yard touchdown run by Mealey accounted for the final margin.