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Tarpons roll to first district win

Tarpons roll to first district win

South Lafourche made a statement in its first official game as a member of the local Class 4A district.

The Tarpons dominant Morgan City from start-to-finish on Friday night, using balanced offense and a dominant defensive effort to an easy 34-2 victory.

South Lafourche outgained the Tigers 299-147 in the win, which was the opening of district play for both teams.

With the win, South Lafourche is now 3-3 on the season. Tarpons coach Dennis Skains said he was proud of the way his team played after suffering a tough loss in Week 5 against Plaquemine.

The loss drops Morgan City to 4-2 on the year.

“We’re happy with the win,” Skains said. “Hats off to Morgan City. They’re a good time. They’ve won four games for a reason. They came in here ready to go, but I thought we did a good job doing enough to win. It was sloppier than we wanted at times, and we have to keep getting better if we want to keep winning. But we took care of business and got a good win tonight, so now we keep moving forward.”

Moving forward was something Morgan City’s offense didn’t do much of on Friday night.

South Lafourche’s defense pitched a shutout against the Tigers’ run-based offense on Friday, continually bottling up the run and forcing the team into long passing situations.

Morgan City got the ball first and punted after three plays. After a failed fake punt attempt, South Lafourche cashed in a short field on a one-yard touchdown run from sophomore tailback Corbin Allen to go up 7-0 with nine minutes left in the first quarter.

After the teams swapped a couple punts, South Lafourche got on the move again midway through the second quarter – a long drive capped by a 31-yard touchdown run from quarterback Jaydon Cheramie. After a missed extra point, South Lafourche led 13-0.

Cheramie was a terror to Morgan City on Friday night, completing 9-of-18 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 11 times for 64 yards and two scores.

“He’s gotten so much better and comfortable throwing the football,” Skains said. “We wanted to get him going tonight, and he did a nice job. He hooked up with our receivers a lot and played one of his best games of the season.”

At the end of the first half Morgan City got on the scoreboard when the Tigers sacked backup quarterback Nicholas Williford in the end zone for a safety to make the score 13-2.

But the Tigers fumbled the ensuing safety punt, and South Lafourche made them pay just before halftime when Cheramie completed a long touchdown pass to Chandler Lafort. After Brannon Lee’s extra point, the Tarpons led 20-2 at halftime.

The second half of Friday’s game moved quickly with the Tarpons in firm control. Cheramie made the score 27-2 midway through the third quarter on a 12-yard touchdown scamper.

The final score of the game came at the beginning of the fourth quarter on a pass from the quarterback to senior Kyle Angeron, who had four catches for 40 yards on the night.

The Tigers tried to rally, but had no luck offensively against the mean South Lafourche defense.

“We did a good job,” Skains said. “They like to run the ball in the middle and on the outsides and we bottled it up. We didn’t let them get into space much, which is exactly what we wanted to do.”

The Tarpons will take on Vandebilt next Friday in Houma.

 

TROJANS FALL IN TOUGH TILT AT THIBODAUX

Central Lafourche battled rival Thibodaux every step of the way for three quarters and a few minutes on Friday night.

But in the final 10 minutes of the game, it was all Thibodaux and the Tigers used a powerful running game to earn their fourth-straight win.

The Trojans trailed the Tigers just 20-13 going to the fourth quarter in a close, hard-fought game that looked like it could have gone either way.

But Thibodaux’s powerful running game broke through in the last quarter, as the Tigers scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to secure a 41-20 win.

The Tigers and Trojans are now both 4-2 on the season.

“You can’t fault the effort. Our kids played hard,” Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard said. “Thibodaux’s a good team and they just made more plays than we did at the end of the game and it turned out to be the difference.”

The two parish rivals played a tough, physical game on Friday night.

The Tigers struck first with a touchdown from halfback Donnell Adair early in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.

Adair was ridiculously good on Friday night, rushing for 250 yards and four touchdowns.

“He’s a load,” Menard said. “He’s a heck of a football player.”

“He did a Leonard Fournette impersonation,” Tigers coach Chris Dugas added.

Adair scored for a second time at the end of the first quarter to put Thibodaux on top 14-0 heading to the second quarter.

But after that score, the Trojans held their own and got back into the game.

The Trojans made the score 14-7 before halftime on a short run from Andrew Griffin. Out of halftime, halfback Nelton Allen made the score 14-13 on a six-yard touchdown run with nine minutes left in the third quarter.

But Adair was just too much.

He used a 73-yard touchdown run to put Thibodaux on top 20-13, then scored again early in the fourth quarter to push ahead 27-13.

The final blow came when Seth Boudreaux put Thibodaux on top 34-13 with an interception that was returned for a touchdown – a score that sealed the outcome.

Both teams traded touchdowns late with the outcome not in question.

Central Lafourche’s brutal district schedule will continue next Friday at unbeaten Destrehan – one of the best teams in Louisiana.