By Lyall Boudreaux
GEISMAR – A trio of big plays by Walker’s super sophomore receiver Brain Thomas led the Wildcats to a 35-18 win over Dutchtown in the season opener for both teams last Friday night at Griffin Field in Geismar.
Thomas teamed with junior quarterback Ethan McMasters on touchdowns receptions of 81, 63 and 75 yards.
The 6-foot-4 two-sport athlete finished with four catches for 217 yards with all three scores coming on tunnel screen passes. Thomas was also a member of Walker’s class 5A state championship basketball team this past March as a freshman.
Two late interceptions for Walker put the game away in the final six minutes of the game.
After Thomas’ third touchdown, the Wildcats followed that up with interception returns for touchdowns by Dakota Wilson (3 yards) and Keondre Brown (35 yards) to build on a 21-18 lead that concluded a 22-point fourth quarter.
The Griffins scored first on a 14-play, 79-yard drive that took over six minutes off the clock. Quarterback Grant Arnett went in from the 1-yard line on third-and-goal on the first play of the second quarter.
Arnett was starting in place of Dre Monroe who was out with an ankle injury suffered in practice last week.
Arnett attempted 37 passes, three short of a single-game school record, completing 21 for 111 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
Walker answered quickly after falling behind 6-0 by converting a 3rd-and-11 three plays later when Thomas scored his first touchdown on an 81-yard catch-and-run.
The Griffins other points came following a Walker miscue on the second half kickoff that was recovered by the home team at the WHS 12.
Jordan Jackson made the visitors pay as he sprinted up the middle from the wildcat formation on the ensuing play to give Dutchtown a 12-6 lead. Jackson finished with 5 carries for 45 yards while Jacolby Williams added 52 rushing yards on 12 carries.
The other points for the Griffins came on Arnett’s 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jadyn McKinney.
Dutchtown won the battle of stats with 18 first downs to only 8 for the Wildcats and dominated the time of possession 32:55 to 15:19. The Griffins defense limited Walker to only 32 yards rushing on 17 attempts, however it was the 266 passing yards allowed that was the difference.
The Griffins will host Central (0-1) this Friday night at Griffin Field before a road game at Covington next week. Friday nights kickoff is set for 7pm.
Walker 35, Dutchtown 18
Walker 0 6 7 22 -35
Dutchtown 0 6 6 6 -18
DTHS: Grant Arnett 1 run (kick blocked)
WHS: Brian Thomas 81 pass from Ethan McMasters (kick failed)
DTHS: Jordan Jackson 12 run (kick failed)
WHS: Thomas 63 pass from McMasters (Bradley Cain kick)
DTHS: Jadyn McKinney 12 pass from Arnett (pass failed)
WHS: Thomas 75 pass from McMasters (McMasters to Trent Montgomery)
WHS: Dakota Wilson 3 interception return (Cain kick)
WHS: Keondre Brown 35 interception return (Cain kick)