Preview: Lutcher looks to return to glory against North DeSoto

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It is a right of passage at Lutcher High School, where athletics have always been important.

The rabid fan base will regularly remind all involved and all observers of that fact. This is particularly true of the Bulldog football program.

Great coaches have won achieved winning eight state titles in school history, including Tim Detillier, Lou St. Amant, David Richard and Frank Monica.

You can add Dwain Jenkins to that list.

In his first season as the head coach at his alma mater, Jenkins captured the Class 3A state championship.

It was a magical, auspicious beginning.

Success since that marvelous debut has been a bit fleeting.

Now, the great history of the program is meeting the lofty expectations of the past and of the fan base as the Bulldogs are beating opponents with regularity and are back in the state championship game, set to take on North DeSoto in the Non-Select Division II state championship game Saturday at noon.

You can listen to the game live on NASH ICON 106.1 FM and at www.nashfm1061.com.

Lutcher (13-1) has been consistently excellent all season, losing only a one-point decision (21-20) at St. Charles Catholic in week two, narrowly missing a win when Michael Hotard of the Comets made a diving tackle on Tylin Johnson, who had caught a pass from D’Wayne Winfield and appeared ticketed for the game-winning score. It came at the 3-yard line as time expired.

Since then, Lutcher has ripped off 12 straight wins.

The Bulldogs have done so with a dominant offense, averaging 44.6 points per game. Lutcher has scored 40 or more points 10 times in 14 games.

The primary protagonist has been Winfield.

The senior quarterback has produced a ton of drama and a ton of decisive plays.

No single player in Louisiana has meant more to his team than Winfield, who has rushed 281 yards for 2,347 yards and 37 touchdowns and has completed 68 percent of his passes (116 of 170) for 1,881 yards and 29 touchdowns with just four interceptions.

You can do the math.

Winfield has accounted for 4,228 yards and 66 touchdowns in 14 games, truly impressive, if not astounding numbers.

In the 35-21 semifinal win over previously unbeaten West Feliciana, Winfield carried the ball on 17 consecutive plays, covering 83 yards and over eight minutes of the fourth quarter for the game-clinching score.

Winfield has good running backs in senior Tyrek Brown and sophomore Trenton Chaney, who have combined to rush for 1,448 yards and 10 scores.

Johnson is the top receiver with 33 catches for 609 yards and nine touchdowns.

Defensively, junior linebacker Kai Brown leads the way with 82 tackles, including seven for loss with five sacks. Junior cornerback Jamari Taylor has five interceptions.

North DeSoto (12-1) has been outstanding, losing only to 5A quarterfinalist Northwood 20-19.

The Griffins dominated No. 1 seed Iowa 38-9 in the semifinals.

Legendary coach Dennis Dunn has taken the program to new heights and it is not a surprise.

Dunn coached Evangel Christian to nine state championships in 13 seasons and served as the head coach at Woodlawn of Shreveport previously and Pineville most recently.

On the college level, Dunn took what was then Louisiana College to new heights as well, posting a 65-45 record in 11 seasons.

Now, he is getting it done at North DeSoto.

The domination of the Griffins is on full display as they average 44.7 points per game and allow just 14.3 points per contest. North DeSoto has scored 40 or more points nine times.

Freshman quarterback Luke Delafield has been superb, completing 57 percent of his passes for 2,183 yards and 36 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. Delafield has rushed for two scores.

The Griffins get it done on the ground as well with a pair of 1,000 yard rushers.

Senior John Lewis has rushed 186 times for 1,383 yards and 14 touchdowns while senior Brian Banks has 193 carries for 1,085 yards and 13 touchdowns. Banks also has three touchdown receptions.

Speaking of receptions, sophomore Cole Cory has been outstanding wit 67 catches for 880 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Defensively, senior defensive Hunter Addison leads the way with 111 tackles with three interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries while junior defensive back Corbyn Cross has 32 tackles and leads the team with seven interceptions.

With two prolific offenses, this one could come down to who can get enough stops.

It should be an outstanding game.

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