DUTCHTOWN — Dutchtown’s three-headed rushing attack of Antoine Magras, Torrance Mosley and Mason Nickens was too much for Destrehan to overcome at Griffin Field Friday night, as the trio accounted for 274 of the Griffins’ 336 yards rushing in a rain-soaked 42-21 win.
Magras (118 yards), Mosley (78 yards) and Nickens (78 yards) averaged 7.8 yards per carry between them, while Nickens was 8-of-12 passing for 135 yards and Shelby Christy caught five passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the Dutchtown (3-1) victory.
“I’m real proud of what they did,” said Dutchtown coach Benny Saia, whose Griffins lost to Zachary last week for their first regular season defeat since 2010. “They haven’t had to produce after a loss in three years.”
Donovan Isom was huge in defeat for Destrehan (2-2), going 22-of-34 for 216 yards passing and adding 122 yards and three touchdowns rushing. Rickey Jefferson led all Wildcats receivers with 82 yards on eight catches.
“The thing that scared me the most coming in was their offensive line,” said Destrehan coach Steve Robichaux. “They were running zone reads three yards off the line.... They moved the ball at will, and we couldn’t stop them.”
Dutchtown marched down the field on its opening drive, covering 42 yards in four plays with Christy taking a Nickens pass 17 yards into the end zone for the game’s first touchdown.
Nickens’ legs provided the Griffins’ second score when he kept the ball and rushed around the right side of the line from 2 yards out late in the first quarter.
Destrehan’s 6-4, 230-pound quarterback Isom got Destrehan on the board midway through the second quarter on a 10-yard keeper, dragging a number of tacklers with him as he barreled across the line.
Nickens scored Dutchtown’s third touchdown of the night, taking a play-action fake 33 yards up the middle, dragging three would-be tacklers the final five yards into the end zone.
The Wildcats clawed their way back midway through the quarter on a 3-yard run up the middle by Isom, one snap after the signal caller ripped off a 50-yard run.
Mosely started the fourth quarter under center in the Wildcat, and on the second play handed the ball to receiver Corey McBride on a jet sweep. McBride sprinted down the sideline for a 23-yard touchdown, giving the Griffins a 35-14 lead with 11:30 remaining in the game.
Isom picked up his third touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter when he rolled out to the right before electing to keep the ball and rushing in from 6 yards out.
The Griffins picked up 26 yards on fourth-and-five late in the game when Nickens found Mosely open down the right sideline.
Kajan Coleman finished off the drive with a 5-yard rush up the middle to make it 42-21 with 3:03 on the clock.