GEISMAR – Covington did his best to keep up a powerful attack from Dutchtown for one half, but after spending a ton of time on the pitch he couldn’t sustain his defensive effort in the second half.
Host Griffins scored 20 points in the third quarter to open a close game, as they clinched the win, 37-15, at Griffin Stadium on September 17.
It was the fourth consecutive season that the teams played an out-of-district game against each other, and Dutchtown won all four.
“I think we did a good job of hanging on in the first half,” said Covington coach Greg Salter. “We had our chances to stay tied or take the lead, but not getting into the end zone when we got closer hurt us.
“And some special team losses have been very frustrating for me because I expect better. We have a lot of work to do, but I love this group. We are young, but we will continue to improve every week. .
Dutchtown led 7-0 at halftime on a 45-yard interception return for a Carter Hanberry touchdown on the last play of the first quarter. They came out quickly after halftime, as they opened the game with three third-quarter touchdowns from Tennessee clerk Dylan Sampson.
In total, the Griffins (2-0) racked up 371 rushing yards and Sampson had 186 in just 13 carries.
“We knew we were rising in the competition,” said Dutchtown coach Guy Mistretta. “We’ve been working hard on this in practice all week, but I don’t think the players have realized how physical they (Covington) are until they’re on the pitch with them.
“We struggled in the first half, but in the second half we really came out with a different mindset and we really won it up front.”
Justin Chapman led Covington with 118 rushing yards and one scoring.
SCORE PER QUARTER
Covington | 0 | 0 | 0 | 15 – 15
Dutchtown | 7 | 0 | 20 | 10 – 37
SUMMARY OF RATING
Dutchtown – Interception return Carter Hanberry 45 (Jacob Etter kick), 0:00, 0-7
Dutchtown – Dylan Sampson 38 run (missed kick), 8:36, 0-13
Dutchtown – Sampson 23 assist from Pierson Parent (Etter kick), 5:40, 0-20
Dutchtown – Sampson 33 run (Etter kick), 0:53, 0-27
Covington – Race Justin Chapman 63 (race Quintez Laurent) 11:48, 8-27
Dutchtown – Etter 23 FG, 3:35, 8-30
Dutchtown – Jaedon Brown 29 run (Etter kick), 1:55, 8-37
Covington – David Harris 59 run (Mason Estrada kick), 0:41, 15-37
Covington, 252 total yards (203 rushing, 49 passing)
To rush : Justin Chatman, 11-118, TD; David Harris, 3-69, TD; Quintez Laurent, 6-5.
Reception: Laurent, 4-24, Chatman 2-16, Harris 1-9
Who passed: Brandon Coakley, 7-13, 49 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 INT
Dutchtown, 419 total yards of attack (371 rushing, 48 passing)
To rush : Dylan Sampson, 13-186, 2 TDs; Baylor Langlois, 20-85, Gary Dukes, 4-47; Jaedon Brown 2-36, TD, Pierson Parent 5-5
Reception: Sampson, 2-29, 2 TDs; Langlois 1-14; Ickes 1-5
Who passed: Parent, 4-9, 48 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT