Dwain Jenkins sees a lot in Breaux Bridge, the Bulldogs’ opponent in Friday night’s Class 4A playoff opener, that reminds him of Lutcher.
“Breaux Bridge is a team that is very similar to us in a lot of ways in the size of the school and it’s a community school. It’s a team that over the past five years that’s been 5-5, 6-4, 7-4 and maybe win a playoff game in the first round. That’s the type of team they’ve been over the last five years since they moved up from 3A to 4A,” said Jenkins.
Lutcher, which plays at Breaux Bridge at 7 p.m. Friday, has won eight state titles but none have come on the Class 4A level.
In Breaux Bridge, the Bulldogs face a team with a breakthrough season.
The Tigers are 7-2 on the season. Breaux Bridge lost it’s first two games to Teurlings Catholic and Notre Dame of Crowley to begin the season before reeling off seven-straight wins. The Tigers lost last week to St. Martinville. Notre Dame and St. Martinville have not lost a game this season.
“This year, they have a bunch of guys that have played a lot. When you look at 10 guys who are returning starters on defense, those guys have been playing for a while. They’ve been on these (near .500 teams) and took their lumps as sophomores and juniors and now it’s their senior year and they’ve been able to overcome a rocky start against pretty good football programs and then rally off seven wins and played St. Martinville in Week 10 for the district championship against their big rival and it comes down to a field goal at the end. It’s a game they probably felt they should have won since they were up by two scores going into the fourth quarter,” Jenkins said.
With 10 returning starters from a year ago, it’s not surprising that defense is the strength of the Breaux Bridge team.
“The thing that jumps out at you when you watch them on film is the size of their defensive line,” Jenkins said.
Among those along the defensive front are 6-foot-1, 285-pound Jontrell Steward, 6-foot, 275-pound Brian Landry and 6-foot, 225-pound Trevonte Sylvester.
“All those guys are recruitable-type guys. We know the strength of their football team is their defensive line,” said Jenkins.
The Tigers also boast a pair of formidable linebackers in Tyrese Martin and Elijah Wiltz.
“On the offensive side, we will have to continue to stay balanced,” said Jenkins. “That’s one of the things that Friday night against Plaquemine, we thought whenever we were able to stay balanced and mix the run and the pass and be able to mix our formations, we were able to have success. The one drive that we really struggled was when we tried to go into the two-minute situation at the end of the half after we got the ball back 21-6 and they were kind of able to pin their ears back knowing that we were going to throw and they were able to get some big-time pressure on us and really put us behind the chains.”
Cole Mouton, a baseball standout, is the Tigers’ quarterback.
The biggest threats on the Breaux Bridge offense are at running back and receiver.
The runner is 5-foot-5, 155-pound junior Kavion Martin.
“He’s a small guy. He’s probably similar to a guy we’ve seen play the last couple of weeks just because of injuries, Damario Brown. He’s built in that same mold. We should be able to get a good look on the scout team this week. We have a guy built just like their running back,” said Jenkins.
The receiver is Dartravien Girod.
“He’s a big-time playmaker. He can take a short pass and turn it into a 60-, 70-yard touchdown. He’s a guy we have to be prepared for and ready to defend,” Jenkins said.
A win by Lutcher would give the Bulldogs a home game in the second round, regardless of the outcome of the Warren Easton-Rayne game.
“That is the thing that you can kind of put into this week when you are talking to your seniors and your team is getting that opportunity to come back and get one more chance to play at home,” Jenkins said.