A forced fumble by Chris Burkhalter set up the game-winning touchdown by D’Wayne Winfield in Lutcher’s 25-18 win over Donaldsonville last Friday.
It was one of the few times the ball seemed to bounce in favor of the Bulldogs this season
“We still made a ton of mistakes, but when you’ve been on opposite end of so many of those games, to finally nice to come out on the good side. We’ve had so many games that have been so close and we haven’t been able to make the play, so it was good to see us make the play,” Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins said.
The win allowed Lutcher to improve to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in District 9-3A. More importantly, the Bulldogs got a bump up to No. 20 in the unofficial Class 3A power rankings.
There likely won’t be much room for Lutcher to move up or down with the outcome of Friday’s road game against Patterson. The Lumberjacks are 2-7 overall and 0-4 in district.
“This is their last home game and there is probably a little chance for them to make the playoffs so this gives them an opportunity to hold nothing back in this last regular-season game and try to get a win,” Jenkins said.
“They are a spread team with a dangerous quarterback and running back. They have shown some ability to make big plays, especially in the run game,” said Jenkins.
The Lumberjacks don’t throw the football very much as their 1 of 6 effort against St. James a week ago suggests. That’s makes stopping the running game of utmost importance to the Bulldogs.
“It’s been hard with some of the personnel losses we’ve had, but we’ve got to do a better job of stopping the run. We’ve given up too many of those four-yard runs that kind of puts you in trouble. You start to string together four-yard runs and it ends up being 15 play drives and you get death by a thousand paper cuts,” said Jenkins.
The Lumberjacks are big along the line of scrimmage. The biggest is James Gash, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior guard and defensive tackle.
“When he’s standing out there, he doesn’t look out of place, so that means the guys next to him aren’t very small, either,” Jenkins said.
Treyon Bennett is a returning all-district player at linebacker for Patterson.
“With the linebacker and a big defensive front, they normally do a good job of plugging the run. Because they are athletic, most of the time they can play man behind it,” said Jenkins.
With little movement likely in the power rankings, Lutcher is looking at being on the road to open the playoffs. With that in mind, the Bulldogs are strictly concentrating on the Lumberjacks.
“The only thing we can control is taking care of Patterson and try to build some momentum for moving into the playoffs and going in on a positive note,” Jenkins said.