LHSAA Replay: Iota pulls away from Welsh

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IOTA – When Josh Andrus took over the Iota program in 2015, he inherited a team that was winless the previous season.

After a one-win season in his first year, the Bulldogs have taken off. It is safe to say that the worm has turned in dramatic fashion.

That was on full display Thursday night as Iota shutout Welsh 34-0 in a game seen live at Crescent CitySports.com.

The Bulldogs, who were unbeaten in the regular season and reached the 3A semifinals a year ago, showed an excellent kicking game, an outstanding running game, big plays in the passing game and an opportunistic defense which bent but would not break against a Welsh program that won the 2A state championship in 2017 and reached the 2A title game a year ago.

Senior running back Luke Doucet stole the show, rushing 17 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns

After both teams were scoreless early, the Bulldogs (2-0) scored on their third possession, going 68 yards in four plays with Doucet rushing 11 yards for a score and Luis Doroteo’s extra point made it 7-0 with 2:41 to play in the opening quarter.

The first half remained close and competitive until Iota broke the back of Welsh as lightning struck on the final play of the half when Dawson Wallace connected with Tyrone Charlot on a 41-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the half to make it 14-0 to cap a seven play, 51-yard drive.

“Offensively, we had to play a lot better but defensively, we played great the first half,” Iota coach Josh Andrus said. “They (defense) kept it up in the second half and it was the offense’s turn to do something. We finally cleaned it up on the line.”

Welsh would not recover as Iota wore the Greyhounds, who played several players both ways, down in the second half.

On their first possession of the second half, the Bulldogs drove 65 yards in seven plays with Doucet scoring on a three-yard run to make it 21-0 with 6:06 to play in the third quarter.

Iota then drove 46 yards in nine plays with Wallace once again hitting Charlot for a score, this time from 10 yards out to make it 27-0 after a missed extra point.

Doucet capped off the big win appropriately, racing 86 yards for a score with 6:26 to play in the game.

“When you have someone like Tyrone blocking down the field, that’s what makes a big run happen, his open-field blocking,” Andrus said. “Our offense played a lot better the second half. Welsh is a very good team, a very physical team. I think they’re going to win a lot of ball games this year. In the second half, we decided to bear down. Without the team leadership, that doesn’t happen.”

Welsh had drives which reached the 15 and 20 yard-line of Iota, respectively, but the Bulldogs defense stiffened on both occasions.

Wallace completed 6-of-16 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Kade Miller rushed 18 times for 72 yards for the Greyhounds while Landen Broussard was 12-of-22 for 109 yards passing.

Gavan Guillory has an interception for the Greyhounds (1-1). Guillory added three catches for 39 yards.

Iota will host Lake Arthur next Friday night while Welsh will host Iowa.

FINAL
Iota 7 7 13 7 — 34
Welsh 0 0 0 0 — 0

Scoring
1st Qtr.
Iota—Luke Doucet, 11-yard run (Luis Doroteo kick)

2nd Qtr.
Iota—Tyrone Charlot, 41-yard pass from Dawson Wallace (Luis Doroteo kick)

3rd Qtr.
Iota—Luke Doucet, 3-yard run (Luis Doroteo kick)
Iota—Tyrone Charlot, 10-yard pass from Dawson Wallace (kick failed)

4th Qtr.
Iota—Luke Doucet, 86-yard run (Luis Doroteo kick)

First Downs:
Iota 14, Welsh 10

Penalties:
Iota 6 for 50 yards, Welsh 4 for 30 yards

Sacks:
Iota 0, Welsh 1

Turnovers:
Iota 1, Welsh 0

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