Dutchtown corner looking to add more offers

Dutchtown opens its football season with a jamboree matchup versus Walker this week. The Griffins, a fixture in the 5A playoffs each season, rely on a stingy defense and when it comes to pass coverage, CB Jonathan Darville draws the toughest assignments. Darville has one scholarship offer thus far, and he hopes that Tech will extend one in the near future.

"Overall, our scrimmage against Zachary last week went good, but our defense fell off some, from where we should be," said Jonathan Darville, who has a scholarship offer from Northwestern State. "We didn't play as one the other night. We need to come together as a unit and get it together.

"We were down 14-0 early in the scrimmage, but we were able to come back and tie them 14-14. Our quarterback, Leon Blouin (Tulane commit), scrambled on one play and hit Thaddeus Godfrey for a touchdown pass."

How did Darville rate his performance?

"I did alright," he said. "I had five solo tackles and our big junior, Landon Collins, had four solos. They're (Zachary) a spread team and they were trying to throw a lot of screens on us. Our D did good, but we didn't start off fast. I'm the team captain and so I had to talk to everybody and get us on the same page.

"We were a little short-handed. Effrem Reed, our running back, was out and two of our starting defensive linemen were out."

Darville singled out one player in particular for praise.

"We have a 5-foot-9 defensive lineman, Aaron Davis, who is the heart of the d-line. He's a plugger up front. He's about 5-foot-9, 285 pounds, and he's an animal. His height doesn't matter. He ran the fastest time of all the linemen at the National Underclassmen Combine, and he also had the most bench reps among the linemen."

What's the latest on the recruiting front for Darville?

"I have the Northwestern State offer and they make sure to stay in touch. I usually talk to Coach (Jay) Thomas at least once a week. Louisiana-Lafayette has been talking to me a lot. They said that they're going to come to my first two games.

"I get a lot of letters from Louisiana Tech, and I went up there with Effrem and Cole Harp during the summer. Coach Petey (Perot) said that he's going to come to a lot of our games. Tech's a good school with good facilities. My former teammate, Kevin Saia, plays up there, and we stayed with him when we visited. I like all the conditions at Tech and their coaching staff is really on top of everything."

Dutchtown will take on Walker in the jamboree this week.

"They use a lot of power running; a straight running game," said Darville, who is proficient at coming up and stopping the run.


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