Lutcher proves their mettle in 41-19 win over rival St. James

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VACHERIE – The Lutcher Bulldogs were looking to stay the course after a delayed but fast start to the 2021 season.

Despite having their season’s start pushed back by Hurricane Ida, Lutcher exploded on to the scene by averaging 52 points a game in rolling to a 3-0 record. Head Coach Dwain Jenkins knew his team had a big challenge up ahead, looking to continue their hot start against their crosstown rivals St. James.

The Bulldogs came out swinging and didn’t miss in a 41-19 victory Friday night at Wildcat Stadium in Vacherie, Louisiana. This victory was Lutcher’s first against the Wildcats in four years.

Lutcher played close to a flawless flawless first half, scoring on four out of five drives.

D’Wayne Winfield scored five touchdowns on the night with three in the first half highlighted by a 37-yard jaunt. Cleveland Parquette added a 19-yard score in the opening half.

The Bulldogs led 28-0 at the half.

“We needed to establish the type of football team that we are,” explained Lutcher head coach Dwain Jenkins. “We’re a football team led by our offensive and defensive lines. We wanted to come out and show what those guys have been working for over four years to get to this point. Those guys haven’t disappointed us yet and we’re going to continue to lean on them all year long.

St. James (3-2) made things interesting at the start of the second half, crafting an 80-yard drive capped by a three-yard touchdown by Daniel Jupiter. Then the Wildcats special teams came up big by blocking Noah Detillier’s punt in the end zone. Jupiter recovered the loose ball for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 28-12.

Lutcher (4-0) bounced right back up off the canvas and fired back with pair of one-yard touchdowns by Winfield, putting the game out of reach.

“We wanted to show what we have. The coaches told us to play our game and we’ll succeed,” said Winfield.

The Bulldogs gained over 400 yards of total offense. They had 200 rushing yards in the 1st quarter alone. Winfield was 6 of 8 passing for 54 yards and over 250 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

“We need to establish the type of football team we are. We are football team that’s led by offensive and defensive lines. We want to come out and show what these guys had worked for in four years,” said Jenkins. “We wanted to establish how dominate we can be upfront. We can throw the ball but we wanted to prove that we’re a physical football team.”

Jupiter led the St. James with two touchdowns. The Wildcats was penalized 13 times over 90 yards.

“They came out physical and we did not match their physicality. We just got to make the plays,” said St. James head coach Robert Valdez. “They came out ready to play and they were more ready than we were. We had momentum in the 2nd half but we couldn’t sustain it.”

Lutcher hosts Berwick while St. James will be on the road against crosstown rival Donaldsonville next week.

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