by Hunter Bower // Owner

In a season marked by triumph and historic milestones, Dutchtown High School’s head football coach, Guy Mistretta, has been crowned the Class 5A Football Coach of the Year, an honor presented by

Mistretta masterfully guided the Griffins to their best season in school history, achieving a remarkable 11-win record and securing a coveted spot in their inaugural semifinal game. Under Mistretta’s leadership, Dutchtown emerged as a powerhouse in District 5-5A, clinching a share of the title with an impressive 8-1 regular-season mark. Their lone defeat, a narrow one-point loss to Walker, only fueled their determination.

During the regular season, the Griffins showcased their dominance by defeating four playoff-bound teams, while defensively holding opponents to seven points or less in four decisive contests. The team’s resilience and strategic prowess were evident in key victories over formidable opponents, including a playoff triumph against the improved Central of Baton Rouge and a convincing win over the 10th-seeded Chalmette.

Dutchtown’s journey reached its pinnacle in a semifinal clash with eventual state-runner up Zachary. Despite holding a two-score lead at halftime, an unexpected rainstorm forced a postponement to the following day. Though the Broncos staged a comeback for the win, Dutchtown’s performance underscored their ability to contend with the state’s top-tier teams.