The Central Lafourche football team is still perfect.
The Trojans walloped South Terrebonne 42-28 on Friday night in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the scoreboard might indicate.
Central Lafourche dominated from start-to-finish, scoring 28-straight points in the second quarter to roll to a 35-8 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Trojans played younger players, which allowed the Gators to muscle back, but never threaten victory in a win that improves Central Lafourche to 3-0 on the young season.
“We’re excited about being 3-0,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “I think we were balanced offensively tonight, and that helped us. We had success both running and throwing, and that allowed us to get ahead and get a lot of kids into the game. … We like where we are. We want to keep pushing and keep getting better.”
It was a huge second quarter that powered Central Lafourche on Friday night.
The Gators and Trojans swapped touchdowns and 2-point conversions in the first quarter to bring the game to the second quarter in an 8-all tie.
After that, Central Lafourche’s offense exploded and played arguably its best football of the season. The Trojans scored 27 points in the second quarter to grab firm control of the lead. Trojans quarterback Austin Aucoin threw four touchdown passes in the first-half onslaught. Menard said halfback Nelton Allen, receiver Kenneth Poindexter and several of the team’s playmakers were huge in the dominant period, as well.
The coach also applauded the play of Central Lafourche’s defense, which was dominant again for a third-straight week.
“They kept getting us the football back,” Menard said. “We made big plays defensively, and forced a few turnovers. Nothing that we were doing would have been possible if they wouldn’t have been putting pressure on their offense and getting us the ball back in good positions.”
In the second half, the Trojans picked up where they left off, scoring a touchdown to take a 42-8 lead. With a huge lead, Menard said he took his starters out in an effort to both rest and get experience for younger players.
South Terrebonne pounced on the adjustments and scored 20-straight points to bring the game to its final margin.
With 3 minutes left and a 14-point lead, Menard said he subbed back in his first-string offense to salt away the clock and seal the win.
“It was a little bit uglier than we wanted at the end,” Menard said. “But it was good for us to get some of those kids in the ball game to get them some experience.”
With the win, the Trojans will stay unbeaten heading into Friday night’s meeting against rival South Lafourche.
That game will be played in Mathews and Menard said he’s expecting a huge crowd and a live atmosphere.
“That’s a big game. It always is. We know they’re going to be hungry,” Menard said. “We’re undefeated, but we need to keep getting better because that’s a team that would do anything to hand us our first loss.”
THIBODAUX TRUMPS SOUTH LAFOURCHE FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT SEASON
While Central Lafourche celebrated another win, their cross-town rivals were battered by Thibodaux’s offensive and defensive lines.
The Tigers trumped the Tarpons 35-9 on Friday night – the third-straight win for Thibodaux in the annual rivalry game against South Lafourche.
It was Thibodaux’s physicality that loomed large in the win, as the Tigers were able to firmly control both lines of scrimmage against the Tarpons, who were missing senior defensive end Jacob Jackson with a broken hand.
“They beat us at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” South Lafourche coach Dennis Skains said. “We didn’t have an answer for their physical play. They were able to run the ball pretty easily – even if we knew it was coming. On the other side, they disrupted our running game pretty well. Give credit to them. They won the game up front.”
The Tigers got off the bus firing on all cylinders.
Thibodaux won the coin toss, elected to receive the football and then marched down the field for an early touchdown run by Akik Robertson – one of several long scampers the Tigers had on the night.
After forcing a punt, Thibodaux went right back on the offensive, scoring another touchdown to take a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Quarterback Trey LeBlanc and halfback Dane Benoit were huge in the early onslaught, mastering the zone-read offense to keep the Tarpons off balance.
In the second quarter, South Lafourche put up a fight and made the game close. Junior quarterback Jaydon Cheramie capped a long drive with a touchdown run to cut Thibodaux’s lead to 14-6. That lead got even slimmer on the next drive when defensive back Shak Dillon intercepted a pass and took the ball to the Tigers 10-yard-line, which set up a field goal to make it 14-9.
But with just a few minutes on the clock, the Tigers took the air out of the balloon, scoring a late touchdown to take a 21-9 halftime lead.
Out of the lockers, Thibodaux stayed in control, using that same dominant running offense to put the game on ice.
Skains said the Tarpons just made too many mistakes on Friday night – a recurring theme for the team this season.
“Three out of the first handful of plays in the game, we lined up wrong, and they took advantage of it and jumped all over it,” Skains said. “You can’t make little mistakes in Class 4A or Class 5A football. That’s what’s doing us in right now – those small errors. We need to just get back to work and clean those things up.”
Posted on Sat, September 19, 2015
by GAZETTE SPORTS REPORTS