Lutcher’s offense did something in the second half of their opener at Amite on Friday that many not have occurred over the course of an entire season in past years for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over six times in the second half – including five fumbles and an interception return for a touchdown – turning a 21-6 halftime lead into a 28-21 loss.
“The only thing that can allow them back in the game is you allow them back in the game and that’s exactly what we did,” Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins said. “We made too many mistakes down the stretch. We had penalties that cost us. It doesn’t matter who you play, you can’t put the ball on the ground that many times and survive.
“We put the ball on the ground in the first half but we were fortunate enough and I guess we gambled with that too many times. Our defense played with their backs against the wall to allow us to even have a chance to even be in the game with the number of turnovers that we had on the offensive side.”
Trailing 6-0, a 35-yard touchdown pass from Lutcher quarterback Mekhi Patterson to Jacoby Williams gave the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead.
A 75-yard run by Ra’saun Storks increased the Lutcher lead to 14-6.
The Lutcher defense came up with a stop with less than two minutes remaining in the second half, setting up a touchdown run by Williams for the Bulldogs’ 21-6 halftime lead.
Lutcher’s turnover woes began at the very start of the third quarter when the Bulldogs fumbled the ball on their opening possession of the second half.
“We fumbled on the first possession and gave them life again. We continued to fumble the ball and keep the ball on their side of the field. Eventually, they were able to cash in on some of those short-field opportunities,” said Jenkins.
After a touchdown rallied the Warriors to within 21-20, the Bulldogs tossed an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Amite added a two-point conversion for the 28-21 final.
Running back Colby McKnight had two rushing touchdowns for the Warriors.