It was mission accomplished for Lutcher in several different ways as the Bulldogs dominated visiting Tara 54-22 in District 6-4A action Friday night.
The Bulldogs took advantage of Tara mistakes to build an early lead and held Trojans running back Chris Avery, the state’s leading rusher, in check, to post their third-consecutive win.
“We wanted to come out and try to dominate early-on. We knew Tara had Chris Avery, a running back that was capable of scoring pretty quickly, so we didn’t want to give them anything to get excited about. We wanted to kind of come out and handle business early-on and hopefully put the game away.
Lutcher improved to 4-5 overall and 3-1 in district while Tara fell to 3-6 overall and 0-4 in league play.
Special teams mistakes by Tara led to Lutcher’s first two scores.
The Trojans were forced to punt on the opening possession of the game when a low center snap caused punter Nicholas Scott to try and scoop up the ball. One of his knees hit the ground on the attempt, allowing Lutcher to take over at the Tara 14-yard line.
Three plays later, Lutcher had a 6-0 lead when quarterback Kolby Bourgeois tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Williams.
A shanked 2-yard punt on Tara’s next possession gave the Bulldogs the ball at the Trojans’ 35-yard line. Six plays later, it was 13-0 when Rondell Mealey run up the middle for a 9-yard touchdown.
“We got some early stops defensive and that’s what we wanted to do,” Jenkins said.
Daevon Adams, who topped 150 yards rushing, scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter put the Bulldogs up 20-0 before Tara scored its first touchdown of the game on a 44-yard pass from Brandon Jordan to Scott to make it 20-7.
Touchdown passes from Bourgeois to Gregory Clayton and to Williams gave the Bulldogs a 34-7 halftime lead. Bourgeois finished 15 of 22 with four touchdown passes.
A 10-yard touchdown pass to Mealey extended Lutcher’s lead to 41-7 before Jordan and Scott hooked up again, this time on a 33-yard touchdown pass, with a two-point conversion making it 41-15 after three quarters.
Another Tara touchdown made it 41-22. The Trojans attempted an onside kick that was returned by Clayton for a score but it was called back because of a penalty. On the first play from scrimmage, Adams raced 55 yards for a touchdown to make it 48-22.
“I think in the second half we made some mistakes we need to learn from. We need to learn to put teams away. We didn’t turn the ball over on offense but we had two special teams turnovers. We had a muffed punt and another short punt that hit one of our guys and they (the Trojans) recovered and both of those led to points for them,” Jenkins said.
The final touchdown came in the closing minutes on a 20-yard touchdown run by Lutcher backup quarterback Mekhi Patterson.