Class 5A traditional power Ouachita Parish tried to pay the ultimate compliment to standout Dutchtown running back Dylan Sampson.
Playing a defense geared toward stopping Sampson, the University of Tennessee commitment proved to be a greater challenge than the Lions could handle.
Sampson turned in the best single-game rushing performance in school history with 23 carries for 287 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Griffins rally from a halftime deficit Friday with a pair of second-half touchdowns for a 42-33 road victory.
For his efforts Sampson, who accounted for 336 total yards, was selected the Tiger Rag Magazine/Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health Shining Star of the Week.
“They’re keying on him of course,” Dutchtown head football coach Guy Mistretta said. “One of the issues in a game like where they’re trying get back into it, they’re going to sell out to stop the run. That guy gets through that initial line and nobody’s going to catch him. He’s got such great speed, but he’s also got such great vision. He’s powerful enough to break tackles.”
Not only did Sampson reset one school record with his memorable performance but he also became the school’s career rushing leader with 4,298 yards, surpassing the total of 4,041 held by Eddie Lacy, who went on to star at Alabama and play four years in the NFL.
Dutchtown needed every one of Sampson’s yards to fend off a determined effort from Ouachita, which took a 20-14 halftime lead.
Sampson, who scored his team’s first TD on a 50-yard run, added scoring runs of 48, 31 and 23 yards – the final two coming in the third and fourth quarters that helped propel the Griffins to a 28-point second half.
“At the end he made two really big plays where it looked like he was going to be stuffed at the line,” Mistretta said, “but he gets through and it’s just him in the open field.”
RICKIE COLLINS, Woodlawn, (Completed 22 of 33 passes, 283 yards, 3 rushing TDs), COLE POIRRIER, St. Amant, (Completed 16 of 20 passes, 255 yards, 4 TDs), C’ZAVIAN TEASETT, Scotlandville, (Passed for 239 yards, 2 TDs), DANIEL BEALE, Catholic, (Completed 12 of 23, 218 yards, 3 TDs), ANGELO IZZARD, Southern Lab, (Completed 12 of 23, 217 yards, 3 TDs), THOMAS D’ARMOND, Episcopal, (Accounted for 215 all-purpose yards, TD), KALEB JACKSON, Liberty, (19 carries, 202 yards, 2 TDs), WALTER SAMUEL, East Ascension, (17 carries, 198 yards, TD), LE’VEON MOSS, Istrouma, (11 carries, 171 yards, 3 TDs), JONATHAN SWIFT, Central, (Completed 11 of 15 passes, 171 yards, 2 TDs), ETHAN CARMOUCHE, Episcopal, (12 carries, 161 yards, 3 TDs), GLEN CAGE, Central, (10 carries, 132 yards, 2 TD), NICHOLAS JOHNSON, St. Michael, (7 carries, 131 yards, 3 TDs, 2-point conversion), BLAKE ABNEY, University, (Accounted for 128 yards, 3 TDs), C.J. DAVIS, Live Oak, (Accounted for 111 yards, 2 TDs), ABRAM JOHNSON, Parkview Baptist, (Completed 10 of 13 passes, 111 yards, TD; rushed 11 times for 36 yards), CONNOR WISHAM, Zachary, (14 carries, 108 yards, TD, 96-yard kickoff return TD), SHELTON SAMPSON JR., Catholic, (Caught 4 passes for 103 yards, 2 TDs), EDEN STAGG, University, (4 catches, 102 yards, 2 TDS), KALANTE WILSON, Dunham, (Accounted for 99 yards, 4 TDs),
TANNER VADNAIS, Dutchtown, (13 tackles, interception, 3 TFLs), LESTER JONES, Liberty, (13 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 blocked punt), WYATT BECK, Parkview Baptist, (12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 blocked punt), MATTHEW WEINER, Dunham, (9 tackles, 3 TFLs), MALACHI JACKSON, Dunham, (3 ½ tackles for loss), GAVIN KNAPPS, St. Michael, (7 tackles), COLBY WILLIAMS, Central, (6 tackles, 1 sack), CADEN COOLEY, Central, (5 tackles, 1 sack), DILLON SMITH, University, (2 tackles, 2 interceptions)
KYLAN DUPRE, Catholic, (4 punts, 41-yard average with a long of 45 yards).