Dutchtown’s defense forced four turnovers, and junior running back Kajuan Coleman rushed for three touchdowns as the Griffins defeated Woodlawn 49-23 Friday night at Dutchtown.
Coleman scored on runs of 72, 62 and 15 yards to bring his season rushing TD total to 13. He gained 189 yards on just seven carries.
Dutchtown quarterback Brandt Fritsche rushed for two touchdowns and was an efficient 9-of-14 passing for 155 yards.
Dutchtown (5-1, 1-0 District 5-5A) scored 21 points in the first and third quarters. Woodlawn (3-3, 0-1) scored all 23 points in the second half, including 16 in the fourth quarter.
“We played well tonight,” Dutchtown coach Benny Saia said. “I was pleased with our effort. We’ve got the ability to be an explosive offensive team. We’re more balanced this season between the run and the pass. We’ve got to continue to improve but it’s a good start to district.”
“We shot ourselves in the foot and made too many mistakes,” Woodlawn coach Brett Beard said. “Dutchtown has a good football program. We want to build a program like that at Woodlawn. We’ll go back to work and try to clean up our mistakes.”
One bright spot for the Panthers was when they recovered their fifth onsides kick of the season in six attempts. Kicker Hassan Chabayta recovered after it bounced off a Dutchtown player’s leg with 7:08 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Woodlawn drove 54 yards in nine plays to score its final TD on a 5-yard run by Juavon Brown. Woodlawn converted a fourth-and-8 situation to keep the drive alive.
Woodlawn junior quarterback Charles Brooks rushed for a 55-yard touchdown in the third quarter and passed 30 yards to Courtlen Walker for a TD in the fourth quarter. Walker made a nice over-the-shoulder catch. Brooks rushed for a two-point conversion, and passed to Walker for another in the fourth quarter.
Dutchtown scored on its first three series of each half. The Griffins had two one-play scoring drives, including Coleman’s 72-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and Coleman’s 15-yard run with 3:47 remaining in the third quarter that put his team up 42-7. The latter drive was set up by Hunter Hill’s fumble recovery.
Woodlawn’s Brown lost two fumbles and Brooks tossed two interceptions. Making interceptions for Dutchtown were Justin Reid and Tyler Hughes. Christopher Logarbo recovered the other fumble for DHS.
Dutchtown senior running back Torrance Mosley added a 2-yard scoring run with 4:26 remaining in the third quarter. Mosley rushed 16 times for 66 yards.
Cameron Joshua had five catches for 93 yards, and Corey McBride three catches for 51 yards for Dutchtown.
Brooks rushed 10 times for 85 yards and completed 26 of 35 passes for 190 yards for WHS. Brown rushed nine times for 67 yards and made seven catches for 38 yards. Walker had five catches for 42 yards and Cameron Lazare had three grabs for 49 yards.
Woodlawn’s Jeremy Jackson and Dutchtown’s Michael Tadda had three sacks each.
Dutchtown’s Eric Washington had a 26-yard punt return to set up a three-play, 32-yard late in the second quarter. Fritsche passed twice to Joshua before Fritsche kept on an 8-yard option keeper up the middle that put the Griffins up 28-0.
Woodlawn scored on a three-play 66-yard drive to open the third quarter. Brooks executed a good play-fake and kept the ball for a 55-yard score down the left sideline that cut Dutchtown’s lead to 28-7 with 10:31 remaining.