Panthers thrash Donaldsonville

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DONALDSONVILLE – One week they saw a share of the District 7-3A championship slip away in a loss to St. Charles, Brusly took out some frustration.

Donaldsonville bore the brunt of the Panther aggression Friday as BHS kept a grasp on the runner-up spot in District 7-3A after a 54-8 rout over the Tigers at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium.


The victory set up a battle Friday between the Panthers and parish rival Port Allen for the 7-3A runner-up spot in the regular season finale Friday.

Brusly improved to 7-2 and 3-1 in district. Donaldsonville (1-9) closes its season Friday against St. James (0-9).

The Panthers held the Tigers scoreless until the fourth quarter.

“Our defense played very well,” Brusly coach Erik Willis said. “Donaldsonville is a very young team upfront, with two freshmen on the offensive line, but still in all we executed well and caused problems for them all night.”

Senior quarterback Jay Christophe rushed 12 times for 62 yards and three touchdowns. He found less success on the passing game on the windy evening, completing only one of 10 tosses for 15 yards and one interception.

Sophomore running back Jaylon Green heated the Panther rushing game on a chilly night with six carries for 104 yards and one touchdown. 

Senior running back DiMario Jackson tallied 89 yards on 12 carries, with two TDs.

The Panthers rallied to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter off a Christophe 2-yard plunge at the 10:34 mark and a 3-yard Jackson run by with just over four minutes left in the stanza. Blake Manola booted both extra-point kicks. 

Christophe struck twice more before halftime. He scored less than two minutes into the second quarter on an 8-yard scamper, and followed with a 22-yard dash two minutes before intermission.

Manola came through on the first PAT, but the Tigers blocked him on the second TD to send BHS to the locker room ahead 27-0.

The Panthers stretched their lead after two TDs late in the third quarter. The first came on a Jackson 12-yard run with 4:46 remaining, while Green sprinted 30 yards to score at the 2:46 mark. Manola made one of two PAT for the Panthers to finish the third with a 41-0 lead.

Sophomore Sam Williams scored his first TD of the season off a 5-yard run late in the fourth quarter, while Manola also scored on a 5-yard scuttle. 

The Tigers pulled through for a 10-yard TD late in the game when Leondre James connected with Stephen Sullivan. Jaqueel Grant made the two-point conversion for DHS. 


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