2007 Team Preview: Dutchtown

Dutchtown had one of the top rushing tandems in Louisiana last season and with both backs returning the Griffins should be tough to handle in 2007.

It's not often a coach gets two sensational running backs the caliber of juniors Eddie Lacey (178-1,207-19) and Kelvin York (159-1,229-12)  much less having the two horses in his stable for three years.


Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia does have that luxury and he hopes the two-headed monster can lead his squad deep into the playoffs.


"We're going to give them two the ball and see where they can take us but we're also going to throw the ball a little more with Jeffrey Enloe throwing Desmond Thompson, Thomas Jackson and Michael Hatfield," said Saia.


Defensively, the Griffins have a lot of experience returning led by linebacker Jamie Payton (80 tackles), book ends Laken Petite and Tim Harp, and defensive back Cedrick Johnson (3 INTs).


"We return seven starters on defense so we are looking to for improvement especially on the defensive line and in the secondary," said Saia.


One thing that will make things a little more difficult is the fact that the Griffins will play in one of the toughest districts in the state and that has Saia's undivided attention.


"We have a senior laden team but we also have the toughest schedule in our school's history," he said. "It will be interesting to see if we can play with the state's best. Not many schools have to play Destrehan, Hahnville, East St. John and Catholic."

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