LUTCHER — Brandt Fritchie’s debut as Dutchtown’s quarterback wasn’t supposed to happen Friday. And before it could happen, he had to wait out a lightning delay over an hour.
But after Dutchtown starter Patrick Thompson was knocked out of the game by an injury, Fritchie made his debut count.
The junior completed back-to-back bombs to Cameron Joshua in the second quarter, setting up a pair of Griffins touchdowns and igniting a 24-7 rout of Lutcher.
Fritchie’s statistics — 4-for-9 for 114 yards — weren’t huge, but it was the big plays he was able to make when the game was still competitive that helped the Griffins pull away.
Dutchtown lost four fumbles, preventing the score from getting out of hand despite the Griffins enjoying a 400-242 edge on offense and a 21-11 edge on first downs.
Running back Kajuan Coleman rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns for Dutchtown on 17 carries, while Torrance Mosley added 90 yards on 17 carries.
But it was what Fritchie did to ignite the offense off the bench that helped the Griffins erase a 7-0 first-quarter deficit.
Fritchie relieved Thompson on Dutchtown’s third snap of the second quarter and on his second play, found Cameron Joshua streaking up the right side for a 39-yard pass, setting up Coleman’s game-tying 13-yard touchdown run.
Fritchie and Joshua struck again on the Griffins next possession, connecting on the deep ball for a 58-yard gain. It set up another rushing touchdown, a 4-yard touchdown run by Mosley, giving Dutchtown a 14-7 lead.
Dutchtown upped the lead to 17-7 on Brady Bergeron’s 36-yard field goal in the half’s final minute.
The Griffins piled up 261 yards offense in the first half, but saw two drives stall with fumbles in Lutcher territory.
But the game quickly got out of hand in the second half. Dutchtown drove 67 yards on 11 plays for a touchdown after the second-half kickoff, with Coleman’s second touchdown, an 8-yard run, upping the lead to 24-7.
The Bulldogs scored the only touchdown of the first half on a 15-play, 86-yard drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Christian Matherne to Sully Martin.
Matherne completed 14 of 21 passes for 114 yards for while Martin caught seven for 75 yards.
The game was one of several around Baton Rouge delayed by lightning. The game was halted seven plays into the game and didn’t resume until an hour, 15 minutes late at 8:21 p.m.