It all came down to one play for the Central Lafourche football team in Friday night’s game against Vandebilt.
The game was in overtime. The Trojans had fourth down and goal at the 2-yard-line. The Terriers led 18-15 after kicking a field goal to start the overtime period.
Trojans quarterback Austin Aucoin got the snap. He bootlegged right across the sloppy, rain-destroyed field in Mathews. As Aucoin squared his body, he saw an opening. Once he did, he flipped the wet, hard football down the field and into Zachary Bilbo’s hands. The bulky fullback secured the pass, drove his body into the soggy endzone and broke the plane.
Touchdown Trojans. Victory for Central Lafourche.
Friday night’s game between the Trojans and Terriers was a wild one – a second-straight tough, hard-fought victory for coach Keith Menard’s team.
With the win, Central Lafourche is now 2-0 on the young season – a place not many prognosticators expected that they’d be with two tough early-season opponents on their schedule.
But Menard said he always had a hunch that this group was tough enough to succeed against anyone. He said the grit the Trojans showed on Friday night will go a long way in carrying the team through the season.
“What a ballgame,” Menard said. “I think anytime you win a tough, hard-fought ballgame like this one, you’re always talking about the character of your football team. We tell the kids that we need their everything for 48 minutes every Friday night. Tonight, we needed a little bit more than 48 minutes, but we still answered the bell and found a way to win.”
The Trojans looked to be in control early.
Central Lafourche dominated the opening quarter and a half of Friday’s game, using dominant defense and efficient, run-heavy offense to take an early 15-0 lead.
With Friday’s heavy rains, the field was soggy. Once players chopped the wet ground up, it was a mud pit.
“The field was a swamp,” Menard said. “Everything was torn to shreds.”
Right before halftime, Vandebilt showed life, scoring a touchdown to cut the lead to 15-7. They tied the game later in the
Menard said the Terriers did a good job bottling the run in the second half, which allowed Vandebilt to overcome the deficit and push even.
The Trojans had a chance to win the game in the final minutes, having pushed the ball down to the 1-yard-line with hardly no time to play. But a muffed snap and fumble squandered the chance, gave Vandebilt the football and sent the game to overtime.
“We just didn’t play as well in the second half,” Menard said. “Give credit to their kids. They did some good things and fought back and brought us to overtime.”
Once in overtime, the Trojans won the toss and gave the Terriers the ball first. Vandebilt moved forward a little bit, but couldn’t score a touchdown, instead settling for a short field goal and an 18-15 lead.
With one last chance to fight back, Central Lafourche pushed the ball to the goal line and finished the fight on the dramatic fourth down play.
Menard said he’s proud of his players.
“This is a good, confidence-boosting win for us,” Menard said. “We needed a play and we made it to get the win.”
The Trojans will take on South Terrebonne next Friday night in Bourg. The Gators are 0-2 on the young season.
TARPONS FALL IN WET, SLOPPY GAME AGAINST CARVER
By the second quarter of South Lafourche’s game with Carver, Ralph Pere Field looked like a giant, 100-yard-long bowl of mud.
With the field destroyed and traction difficult to obtain, the Tarpons offense never found firm footing against the Rams, and fell for the first time this season.
Friday’s game between South Lafourche and Carver was sloppy – as messy as the rain-smushed field the teams shared throughout the game.
But when it was all said and done, the Rams did just enough to survive, using a second-half flurry to score a 30-20 win.
With the victory, Carver improves to 2-0, while the Tarpons fell to 1-1.
“No excuses,” South Lafourche football coach Dennis Skains said. “They had the same field we had. They have some of the same problems we had. They made the big plays at the end of the game, and we just came up a little bit short. We have it all on film now, and we have to just use this as a way to get better before our next game against Thibodaux.”
The Tarpons just never could get into much of a rhythm on Friday night. Carver got the football first and scored on a long scamper from quarterback Izea Hurst – a young man who caused problems for South Lafourche all night. Carver missed the 2-point conversion and led 6-0.
After that touchdown, South Lafourche took a lead after quarterback Jaydon Cheramie broke through the defense and into the end zone. A successful 2-point conversion try made it 8-6 South Lafourche in the first quarter.
But after falling behind, Carver grabbed control for good. The Rams scored two-straight touchdowns to make the score 18-8.
The Tarpons battled back and got within a few points of the Rams several times in the game. But for every play South Lafourche made, Hurst had an answer. With just a few minutes to go and Carver on top 24-20, he led the Rams down the field for the game-winning touchdown drive. In that sequence, he completed a huge third-down pass to keep the Tarpons off the field.
“We just couldn’t get them off the field when we needed to,” Skains said. “That was what ended up being the difference there late.”
South Lafourche will host Thibodaux in Week 3. The game will be played at Memorial Stadium in Galliano.
Posted on Sun, September 13, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette