Dogs hope to post Homecoming win
by TOM PRECHT
he Jennings Bulldogs took care of business this past Friday in DeRidder. They didn’t let the game go down to the wire, coming away with a convincing 40-21 victory over the 4-A Dragons.
The Dogs played well on both sides of the ball. Offensive linemen Garrett Petry, Keijun Levi, Andrew Lamb, Chris Broussard, Blaine Berken, Curtis Bell and Keaton Bertrand controlled the line of scrimmage. The line paved the way for the Dogs to pile up over 450 total yards of offense. Running backs Lemontay Mouton and Jarquis Brown benefitted from the blocking, as both running backs broke the century mark in rushing yards. Coach Rusty Phelps played two quarterbacks and both Jaylon Boutte and Caleb Chaisson engineered scoring drives. The Dogs also did an outstanding job of running the two minute offense, driving 80 yards in less than three minutes. They scored with all zeros on the clock, giving them momentum going into halftime.
The Maroon Wall did their part, coming up with big stops when they were needed. The Dragons sent an array of running backs with fresh legs at them for four quarters. The Wall kept them in check most of the evening. They also halted a drive that penetrated the Dogs’ 10-yard line. Keagan Deaville killed the drive with an interception in the endzone, his second of the night. Brance Baca-White and Ross Edwards both had big nights on the defensive side of the ball, as well.
The Dogs will continue to work hard to improve, taking it one game at a time.
Jennings continues to dominate the series against DeRidder, moving the record to 39-13-1. They have won the last three games in the series.
Jennings returns to Jerry Simmons Stadium Friday when they host the Ferriday Trojans. The game will be the final non-district tune up before the Dogs enter district play. They will celebrate Homecoming 2012, welcoming home alumni and will be happy to be in the Pound.
There is not much history between Jennings and Ferriday. They first played in 1966 and 1967, when both teams were known as Bulldogs. Jennings won both contests. The1967 Dogs took a long ride on a Greyhound bus to the banks of the Mississippi River, dressed in their maroon blazers, and the Jennings variety of Dogs posted a 26-14 victory with Coach Bob Hudson making his usual quote after a victory:
“Ain’t it sweet,” he said.
Pookie Green led the offensive assault with four rushing touchdowns. The maroon and white Dogs caused three takeaways and Larry Daigle blocked a punt, causing him to say when he got to the bench, “This is like taking candy from a baby.”
Lee Paul “Broke Leg” Manuel and Dick Lestage intercepted a pass and David Donald recovered a fumble. The postgame meal and ride home was much better after the win, making the long ride home a lot shorter.
Jennings defeated Ferriday last year and the Dogs hope to close out this home and home series with another win. Ferriday is very athletic and will present the Dogs with a big challenge. The Dogs would like nothing better than to finish non-district play with a win and a little momentum heading into district play on Oct. 5.
Jennings is 38-21-3 in Homecoming contests.
Come out and support these young men and their team. You are sure to be entertained. There will be great football and lots of beautiful ladies dressed to kill.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in the Dog Pound. If you can’t make the game, it will be broadcast on KJEF 1290 AM and the web www.cajunradio.net. Airtime is 6:30 p.m.
The Jennings Optimist Club will host the NFL Punt Pass and Kick Contest on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. The event will be held at the JHS Practice Field. Boys and Girls born from 1997-2006 may participate. A parent must accompany the participant to sign their child up.For the complete story and more local news, please subscribe to Jennings Daily News by clicking subscribe or by calling 337-824-3011.
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