Griffins quarterback Thompson shows his versatility
“There were a lot of kids out there that had never played before. The effort was good and I also think Walker High is a good football team.” BENNY SAIA, Dutchtown coach
WALKER — There are plenty of new pieces in which Dutchtown football coach Benny Saia has to maintain his program’s level of success.
Given his position on the field senior quarterback Patrick Thompson would qualify as a significant part in that equation and the first-year starter helped deliver a 14-0 victory Thursday over Walker in the Walker High Jamboree.
“I think Patrick has the ability to be a real good quarterback for us,” Saia said. “Obviously he needs experience. I thought he was a little nervous in the first half but did much better in the second half.”
Thomspon accounted for 162 yards – 81 rushing on six carries and a touchdown – and completed 9 of 13 passes for the same amount of yardage.
Dutchtown, which opens at Lutcher next Friday, accounted for the final score with a touchdown on its opening series of the second half.
Torrance Mosley’s 34-yard kickoff return reached the Griffins’ 44, but it was a pivotal fourth-down conversion – their second of the game – that might have served as the difference between the teams.
It was a determined, second-effort 5-yard gain from Mosley on fourth-and-one that kept the drive alive and Thompson followed with a 42-yard scoring run, cutting off of fullback Jalian Brown’s downfield block at the 35 to score untouched.
“Defensively, I thought we ran around and were striking people pretty good,” Walker coach Dwayne Severio said. “On the quarteback run, we blew a stunt, and that’s what happens when you have a stunt and they have a good play called.”
Dutchtown had 126 of its 210 total yards in the first half Wide receiver Cameron Joshua led DHS with four catches for 64 yards.
The combination of Thompson and Joshua worked twice on Dutchtown’s scoring drive of the first half and resulted in a 7-0 halftime lead.
Joshua made a nice leaping grab of a Thompson pass on second down, turning it into a 23-yard reception that put the ball at the Walker 41-yard line.
Three straight passing plays to three receivers resulted in 3 yards that left the Griffins facing fourth-and-7.
Thompson took a short drop and allowed just enough time for Joshua to get open between defenders on a corner route for a 24-yard completion to the 2.
Mosley capped the nine-play, 65-yard scoring drive with a 2-yard run on first down and Brady Bergeron added the first of two extra points.
Walker, which hosts St. Michael The Archangel next week, came within a yard of tying the game late in the first half after Brice Brown’s 60-yard kickoff return to Dutchtown’s 24.
The drive, one of three that ended in Griffins’ territory, resulted in a fumble at the goal line when Labrodrick Young lost the handle on a third-and-1 carry with 3:39 to play.
Walker also drove to Dutchtown’s 35 on its opening possession and following Taylor Sharp’s interception, couldn’t get any closer than the Griffins’ 26 before stalling.
Sage Brumley paced Walker with 10 carries for 42 yards, while Brown had 87 all-purpose yards, including four catches for 42 yards. Quarterback Tyler Lockhart was 10 of 17 for 58 yards.
“We did some good things,” Saia said. “There were a lot of kids out there that had never played before. The effort was good and I also think Walker High is a good football team. They’ve got some playmakers, and they’re huge up front. I think they’ve got a chance to be a good football team.”