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Tarpons roll Ellender to set up homecoming showdown with Assumption

Tarpons roll Ellender to set up homecoming showdown with Assumption

The South Lafourche football team finally bucked its trend. After a season filled with slow starts, but strong finishes, the Tarpons finally played a four-quarter game.

South Lafourche dominated Ellender on Thursday night, using a strong start to jump ahead early against the home-standing Patriots. With the lead intact, the Tarpons never looked back, securing a blowout 48-14 win.

The win is the third-straight for South Lafourche and the team’s fourth in its past five games.

Tarpons coach Dennis Skains said it’s a sign of how well his team has progressed throughout the season.

“It wasn’t perfect, but I think we played really well,” Skains said after the win. “We made some mistakes here and there, but we were really pleased with how we played considering that we had a short week. We started fast, which was a point of emphasis for us. All-in-all, we did a good job.”

The game was practically over before halftime.

Ellender got the football first and punted after a three-and-out drive. The Tarpons quickly drove all of the way down the field on five plays, a drive capped on a long touchdown pass from quarterback Jaydon Cheramie to Luke Guidry. After Brannon Lee’s extra point, the Tarpons led 7-0.

On the second drive, Cheramie struck again, firing a laser beam into the waiting arms of Kyle Angeron to take a 14-0 lead with two minutes left in the opening quarter.

After Ellender fumbled the ensuing kickoff, the score quickly ballooned to 20-0 when halfback Corbin Allen pushed into the end zone early in the second quarter.

“We weren’t ready to play. We didn’t handle their early intensity,” Ellender coach Terry Washington said. “They took it to us and we didn’t have an answer.”

Throughout the rest of the opening half, Ellender’s turnovers and failed execution made the game a playoff. Cheramie connected with Shak Dillon on a long pass to make it 27-0 with nine minutes left in the half.

Allen scored two more times in the first half to give the Tarpons 41 first-half points. Ellender got its lone score of the half on a short run from Reginald Williams to push the game to its 41-6 margin at halftime.

Skains credited his defense’s effort against an Ellender offense that’s loaded with athletes.

“We did a good job making them uncomfortable and forcing them to do things they’re not comfortable doing,” Skains said. “That was about as well as the defense has played this season. We followed our game plan well.”

With the win, South Lafourche is now 5-3 and 3-0 in district play. The Tarpons next game will be its biggest of the season – a Friday night homecoming showdown with Assumption, who is 7-1 and also 3-0 in district. The winner of Friday’s game will be the 2015 District Champion.

Skains said he expects a wild, rowdy environment at Memorial Stadium. He said the Tarpons need to play well to beat a game Mustangs squad.

“They’re really good,” Skains said. “They do a lot of things well. We have to have a good week of practice and be ready to play very well on Friday night.”

 

TROJANS DROP 3rd-STRAIGHT, FALL TO HAHNVILLE

All season long, Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard has praised his team’s offensive line for their physicality and ability to open running lanes to power the Trojans offense.

But in Friday night’s game against Hahnville, the Central Lafourche linemen were outmatched and Hahnville completely stifled the Trojans attack.

The Tigers beat Central 28-6 on Friday, using a dominant defensive effort to spark the win. The Trojans had just 128 total yards in the defeat, which is their third-straight loss of the season.

“Sometimes, you just run into a team that outmans you and whips you,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “Our kids played their tails off. We have zero complaints about the effort or how hard we worked. But they just were more physical. They whipped us.”

Hahnville set the tone early on Friday night. The Trojans punted the football early, downing it at the 1-yard-line. But the Tigers showed championship-level poise, driving down the field 99 yards to take an early 6-0 lead.

With that lead, Hahnville never looked back. They scored two more times in the first half to take a 21-0 halftime lead. The Tigers held the Trojans to just 30 total yards at halftime.

“We just didn’t get enough yards on first down,” Menard said. “We need to get in manageable situations to be successful and we just didn’t do that enough on Friday night.”

The pace slowed down in the second half. The Tigers went on top 28-0 in the fourth quarter on a short touchdown run from Norquell Flowers.

The Trojans got on the scoreboard late in the game on a short pass from quarterback Austin Aucoin to Nelton Allen.

The Trojans will take on Terrebonne on Friday in Mathews. It will be senior night for the team.