As the clock expired the North Desoto Griffins walked off the field as they have many times all season, after scoring a touchdown. Problem is that it was too little, too late as the Griffins fell to the Lutcher Bulldogs 28-25 in the Division II Non-Select Championship in the Caesars Superdome.
Despite a valiant effort by freshman Luke Delafield and his 322 yards passing and two touchdowns that kept the Griffins in the game, it was his 4 interceptions that proved too much to bounce back from.
After the defense forced a punt in the first possession, Delafield connected with Landon Falls for a 78 yard touchdown to put the Good Guys up 7-0. Lutcher answered back with a TD pass of their own to end the first quarter squared up at 7-7. The offensive staff went into their bag of tricks when Sam Odom connected with Brian Banks on a double pass to end the first half scoring at 13-7.
The Second half started promising as Gator Hampton cemented the opening drive with a 1 yard plunge and once again the Bulldogs answered with a D’Wayne’ Whitfield touchdown run. The Griffins offense took control and were heading into the endzone as John Lewis fumbled inside the 5 and the Bulldogs took control of the ball and ultimately the rest of the game as they went on to score 2 more times to put them up 28-19 as the clock continued to tick away, the Griffins offense flew around and finished the game with class and a determination that will surely carry them into the offseason as the look to grow upon a Historic, Record Breaking Season that will surely be talked about for years to come.
The Griffins season end with a 12-2 overall record, a Co-District Championship and a State Runner-Up Trophy to put in the trophy case. Job Well Done.