Lutcher rallied from a 9-7 deficit to defeat Assumption 28-9 in a clash of two teams ranked in the top four in Class 4A Friday night in Napoleonville.
Down by two points entering the second half, the fourth-ranked Bulldogs took a 15-9 lead in the third quarter on a 49-yard run by quarterback Ruston Matherne and a two-point conversion run by Daniel Matherne. Lutcher extended its lead to 21-9 with 5:10 remaining in the third period on a 1-yard run by Matherne.
Lutcher’s final score came on a 92-yard run by Taylor to make the score 28-9 with 3:10 remaining in the contest. Taylor ended the game with 228 yards on 22 carries.
“Whatever could go wrong in the first half went wrong,” Lutcher coach Tim Detillier said. “There was nothing we could do about it and at halftime we just talked to the kids about playing through it; that the most important play was the next play and for 24 minutes in the second half that’s what they did. We just played through it and we kept going to the next play and it worked out in our favor.”
The Bulldogs won their eighth-straight game to improve to 8-1 on the season. The previously unbeaten and second-ranked Mustangs also moved to 8-1 with the loss.
Following a scoreless first quarter, the Mustangs scored first on a 1-yard run by Chris Johnson for a 7-0 Assumption lead at the 11:50 mark of the second quarter.
Lutcher tied the score with eight minutes remaining in the half on first of Matherne’s three rushing touchdowns, this one from 2 yards out.
Assumption took a 9-7 lead with 4:20 remaining in the first half when Lutcher’s Sully Martin dropped down to one knee to field a low center snap while attempting to punt from his own end zone.
Matherne, who rushed for 143 yards, was 5 of 13 passing for 58 yards.
Charles Jefferson paced the Mustangs in rushing with 58 yards on 13 carries. Assumption quarterback Hunter Gauthreaux was 9 of 23 passing for 98 yards.