Jontre Kirklin scored four rushing touchdowns on seven carries and passed for two additional scores as Lutcher dominated visiting Lusher 49-14 in District 9-3A play Friday night.
The win sets up a District 9-3A showdown next Friday in Lutcher when the Bulldogs host De La Salle. Both teams are 6-0 in league play, while the Cavaliers, the top-ranked team in Class 3A is 9-0 overall. Second-ranked Lutcher is 8-1.
“All year long we’ve talked about what our goals are and we know our goals are literally just a week away from being able to start to accomplish them,” Jenkins said. “We know we have one more week of the regular season and it happens to be against De La Salle, the top-ranked team in 3A so we know it’s going to be a good test going into the playoffs.”
Kirklin has touchdown runs of 1 and 13 yards and tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Al’Dontre Davis to stake Lutcher to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
The second quarter was a repeat of the first as Kirklin again rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another as the Bulldogs took a commanding 42-0 halftime lead.
This time, Kirklin scored on runs of 26 and 16 yards. He hooked up with Gregory Clayton on a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Lutcher’s only score in a running-time second half came on a 22-yard run by Rondell Mealey in the third quarter to make it 49-0.
Lusher (4-5 overall, 3-3 in district) scored twice in the fourth quarter against Bulldogs backup defenders on a pair of touchdown passes by Eli Poche.
Kirklin finished with 80 yards rushing and was 11 of 16 passing for 91 yards.
Poche provided most of Lusher’s offense, connecting on 19 of 31 passes for 168 yards. The Lions were held to minus-13 yards rushing.
The Bulldogs now go into Week 10 in a contest against De La Salle that is sure to draw statewide interest.
“I’m sure it will get a lot of publicity this week with us kind of being in the sportswriters’ poll No. 1 and No. 2 for most of the season and I’m sure it will be a great atmosphere for our kids to play in and it definitely it’s a great test to this point in the season but the one thing we have to keep in mind, no matter what happens this Friday, the most important game of our season will be the following week in that first round of the playoffs,” Jenkins said.