SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Dutchtown Griffins

SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Dutchtown Griffins
The Dutchtown Griffins hit the field for conditioning on Tuesday, June 16. (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

GEISMAR, La. (WAFB) - Stop No. 6 for Sportsline Summer Camp 2020 was in Geismar with the Griffins of Dutchtown.

The freshmen who started with head coach Guy Mistretta in 2017, after he replaced Benny Saia, are now seniors.

SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Dutchtown Griffins - Part 1
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The Griffins caught a break from the humidity on Tuesday, June 16, as players were getting back into shape.

Mistretta is coming off his best season at Dutchtown, finishing with an 8-2 record. While trying to figure who will be his quarterback in 2020, he said the coaches are excited about their offensive line, which returns three starters, including senior guard Matthew Gallman. Junior Tanner Vadnais made the transition to offense in the off-season and is now one of four quarterbacks in the hunt to replace the two the Griffins had last year.

The big guys up front get to block for junior back Dylan Sampson, who had some big-time runs last year. But despite last year’s improvements, the guys in purple and white know the yearly grind of district ball can either make or break their season. In 2019, Sampson was the leading rusher in the regular season with nearly 1,600 yards as a 10th-grader in 10 games. Now, the Dutchtown Griffins are hoping to ride him to a district title.

On defense, Dutchtown has eight starters back but is missing some leadership that came from guys like Lindsey Scott’s younger brother, Logan, and Johmel Jolla.

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