Donaldsonville shuts out Berwick

Berwick’s Hunter Rhodes, left, and Tre Matthews grab a Donaldsonville ball carrier during Friday’s contest in Berwick. The Tigers shut out Berwick 46-0 in the District 9-3A contest.
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BERWICK — Donaldsonville High School seemed as if it could do no wrong on either side of the ball Friday night here as the Tigers blanked the Panthers 46-0.

The Panthers (2-6, 0-2) fell behind 33-0 in the first half as they failed to keep the visitors out of the end zone on every Donaldsonville first-half possession except the final one when the Tigers took possession with 17 seconds remaining in the half.

“We were outmatched by superior athletes,” Berwick coach Craig Brodie said. “They were big, tall and athletic. Things don’t get any easier for us next week.”

Berwick will travel to Patterson Friday. Donaldsonville (4-4, 1-2) fell to the Lumberjacks 50-7 at home in its previous game.

The Tigers scored on their first possession with an eight-play, 4-minute drive. After running the ball five plays for 39 yards, Donaldsonville took to the air. An incomplete pass had the Tigers facing fourth-and-10 on the Berwick 25, but Tyler Brown hooked up with Stephen Sullivan for 11 yards to get the first down. On the next play, the pair repeated the connection with a 14-yard score. Brown and Sullivan split time at quarterback for the Tigers.

The point-after-attempt was blocked and the score stood at 6-0.

Berwick got a first down on its next possession, and then on fourth-and-6 from the Donaldsonville 44, it faked a punt. However, Braden Billiot was wrapped up for a 9-yard loss.

It only took the Tigers four plays to drive 47 yards and take a 14-0 lead on Brown’s 29-yard pass to Tajh Guillard. Brown threw to Sullivan for the 2-point conversion with 3:45 left in the first quarter.

The Tigers scored three more touchdowns before the half ended. Brown hit Tulane commitment Leondre James for a 35-yard score and a 5-yard score. In between, Sullivan took a quarterback keeper into the end zone on a 17-yard run on the first play after a Tiger interception of Bobby Boudreaux.

Boudreaux finished the night 2-of-7 passing for 18 yards with one interception.

Donaldsonville head coach Benny Guilbeaux said he was pleased with his team’s effort in bouncing back from a shellacking last week by Patterson

“We really needed to show some progress tonight,” Guilbeaux said. “We came out and executed in a much-needed win. ... Tonight everything was going for us.”

The Tiger defense had 12 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Of Berwick’s 46 plays, only 14 netted more than 3 yards as the Panthers were held to 109 yards total offense. The longest runs of the night were on the final Berwick possession as the clock was winding down and the outcome of the game already was decided.

Marquis Rogers galloped 22 yards and, two plays later, Boudreaux reeled off a 15-yard run on the game’s final play.

The Panthers played Friday’s contest without Justin Morvant, one of its top rushers and receivers, after he was forced to sit out the game for attempting to knock out a football in a way that was interpreted to be swinging at a player last week, Brodie said.

“Would the outcome have been different if Morvant had played? Probably not. But he would have helped us do a little better because he plays both sides of the ball,” Brodie said. “He has to learn to play within the rules and show sportsmanship.”

Brodie said Deante Short and Orry Arcemont, a pair of freshmen, did a good job filling in when their number was called.

The Panther players still are having fun playing football, Brodie said. He said he is proud of their progress, that they do not give up and that they have been in most games going at the end.

“We are in the process of getting better as a team,” Brodie said.

Guillard scored twice on each of the Donaldsonville possessions in the third quarter.

Donaldsonville had a 69-yard drive that concluded with Guillard’s 7-yard run, and the Tigers had a 67-yard drive capped by a 42-yard run with six seconds left in the quarter.

Box Score

                            BHS         DHS
First Downs           8            19
Rushing Yards     91          N/A
Passing Yards      18          172
Total Yards        109         N/A
A-C-HI            7-2-1   14-11-0
Penalty Yards   2-20        7-55
Fumbles-Lost    2-0          0-0
Punts-avg       5-28.6      1-30

Score By Quarter
DHS    14   19   13   0 -- 46
BHS      0     0     0    0 -- 0

Scoring summary
First quarter
DHS: Tyler Brown 14-yard pass to Stephen Sullivan (kick failed) 8:00

DHS: Tyler Brown 29-yard pass to Tajh Guillard (Brown pass to Sullivan 2-point conversion) 3:45

Second Quarter
DHS: Tyler Brown 35-yard pass to Leondre James (kick by Sullivan) 7:49

DHS: Sullivan 17-yard run (kick failed) 5:50

DHS: Tyler Brown 5-yard pass to James (run failed) 2:41

Third quarter
DHS: Guillard 7-yard run (Terry Holmes kick) 5:42

DHS: Guillard 42-yard run (kick failed) :06

Berwick Individual stats
Marquis Rogers 4-38; Bobby Boudreaux 11-29; Drew Landry 3-17; Jeremy Boudreaux 12-14; Brooks Richard 8-2; Branden Billiot 1- (-9)

Bobby Boudreaux 2-6-1 18 yds; Jeremy Boudreaux 0-1

Audwin Williams 1-11; Ryan Hover 1-7

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