GEISMAR, La. (WAFB) - Sportsline Summer Camp stopped down in Thibodaux Sunday night to catch the Dutchtown Griffins taking part in Pete Jenkins’ camp for linemen at Nicholls State University.
The Griffins are in their third year with Head Coach Guy Mistretta, with seven returning starters along the offensive and defensive lines, but what really stands out in 7-on-7 drills is the Dutchtown secondary, in which all four starters are back from a 5-and-5 team that figured to do better before being bitten by the injury bug. The quarterback position is a huge question mark though, with five guys trying to compete consistently to earn the job. Their best player might be the other guy who touches the ball on every play, center Carter Landry.
“You know we had a ton of injuries last year, so it was a difficult season, but the flip side of that is we have a lot of returning experience. We’ve got eight on offense, nine on defense returning starters, and we’ve got a lot of senior leadership this year," Mistretta said.
In 2018, Mistretta’s team won three of its first four, with a couple of those wins over Covington and Central, but injuries depleted Dutchtown’s depth and the Griffins got outscored 140 to 53 in four losses to rivals EA, St. Amant, Catholic, and Lutcher. Mistretta says getting those guys back has created experience and depth up and down the roster, with center Riley Lawrence, Carter Landry, and Jadyn McKinney capable of getting some push up front and nine starters back on defense, including Lyndsey Scott’s little brother, Logan Scott, and everybody else returning in the secondary and 270-pound senior nose tackle Javion Hughes anchoring a very solid front seven.
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