By Lyall Boudreaux
Lutcher saw their chances of gaining a share of the 6-4A district title and possibly hosting a first round Class 4A playoff game erased in a 35-19 defeat to Plaquemine in the regular season finale last Friday night at the Dog Pound in Lutcher.
Instead, Plaquemine claimed the district championship with the win and the Green Devils have now won five district titles in coach Paul Distefano’s seven years at PHS.
Plaquemine (8-2, 5-0) used a time-consuming Wing-T offense, that included 221 yards rushing and four touchdowns in only 37 plays from scrimmage.
Leading the way for the visitors was junior running back Melvin McClay with 87 rushing yards and touchdown runs of 18 and 7-yards in the first half when Plaquemine built a 21-6 halftime lead.
Lutcher (6-4, 3-2) got as close as 21-19 in the final quarter before Plaquemine pulled away to finish undefeated in league play.
Quarterback Kolby Bourgeois accounted for two of the three touchdowns on the night for the Bulldogs. The senior connected with Jacoby Williams on a 10-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to trim the Green Devils lead to 7-6.
Bourgeois was 14 of 25 passing for 118 yards and finishes the regular season with 2100 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes.
Lutcher had a pair of time-consuming drives in the second half that resulted in Rondell Mealey’s 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Bourgeois’ 4-yard TD run in the final quarter to trim the visitor’s lead to two points.
Plaquemine’s J’Vonte Powers returned the ensuing kickoff 85-yards for a touchdown and Earl Young’s 10-yard touchdown run put the game away and secured the district title for the Green Devils.
For the second straight year, Lutcher will play on the road in the bidistrict round of the Class 4A state playoffs as the Bulldogs travel to No. 15 Breaux Bridge this Friday night.
Plaquemine 35, Lutcher 19
Plaquemine 7 14 0 14-35
Lutcher 6 0 7 6-19
PHS: Melvin McClay 18 run (kick good)
LHS: Kolby Bourgeois 10 pass to Jacoby Williams (pass failed)
PHS: McClay 7 run (kick good)
PHS: Dontayvion Wicks 13 run (kick good)
LHS: Rondell Mealey 1 run (Noah Detillier kick)
LHS: Bourgeois 4 run (run failed)
PHS: J’Vonte Powers 85 kick return (kick good)
PHS: Early Young 10 run (kick good)
LUTCHER BULLDOGS (6-4, 3-2)
2018 Football Schedule & results
8/31 at East Ascension 48-30 L
9/7 St. James 29-26 L
9/14 at Marksville 42-12 W
9/21 St. Amant 31-28 W (2 OT)
9/28 at Dutchtown 34-6 W
10/5 at Parkview Baptist 36-27 L
10/12 St. Michael’s 49-0 W
10/19 at Woodlawn 33-23 W
10/26 Tara 44-0 W
11/2 Plaquemine 35-19 L
11/9 at Breaux Bridge*
*Class 4A Playoff Game