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Trojans stay unbeaten while rival trumps Tarpons

Trojans stay unbeaten while rival trumps Tarpons

The field was a mess, because of that, the play wasn’t much better.

But the Central Lafourche football team found a way to win on Friday night against South Terrebonne.

And that’s all that matters to Trojans coach Keith Menard.

Central Lafourche beat the Gators 20-0 on Friday – a game heavily dictated by soggy, muddy field conditions in Mathews, thanks to Friday afternoon’s rains.

The Trojans generated just more than 170 yards in the game – far lower than their season average. But Menard said on a wet field, all bets are off and just finding a way to win is all that matters.

“When the conditions are like this, you just do what you have to do to have more points than the opponent at the end of the game,” Menard said. “I’m happy for our kids. That wasn’t the best we can play, and it’s not just the field – South Terrebonne did some good things to limit us. But we’re happy with getting the win.”

Friday’s game sometimes looked more like a mud bowl than it did football.

The teams were scoreless after the first quarter, with both showing early struggles to adapt to the conditions.

But in the second quarter, Central Lafourche got things rolling when quarterback Jake Allemand hit receiver Kenneth Poindexter on a 40-yard, fourth-down strike to put Central Lafourche up 7-0.

On the next drive, the Trojans got back at it, using a partially blocked punt and good field position to set up a short touchdown run by halfback Nelton Allen to take a 14-0 lead – an advantage which held up until halftime.

Menard said the second touchdown calmed the team and settled them into the tough, hard-fought game.

“With the way we play and the offense we run, the rain slows us down a little bit,” Menard said. “But in the second quarter, we settled in and got some things going, and we think we were able to grab hold of the game from that point forward.”

In the third quarter, Central Lafourche kept the ball pinned deep in South Terrebonne territory, but failed to score points, squandering two-straight drives with turnovers on downs.

But the Gators couldn’t do anything with any of their opportunities, immediately punting the ball back to the Trojans, who eventually broke the game open in the fourth quarter on a short pass from Allemand to Thomas Loupe, which pushed the game to its final margin. 

Menard said he was proud of how his team played defensively against the Gators. The Trojans limited their opponent to just a handful of first downs and fewer than 50 total yards. 

“Those guys did excellent,” Menard said. 

Next up for the Trojans is a Week 4 matchup with rival South Lafourche – a game which will be played in Galliano. 

 

TARPONS SQUANDER BATTLE WITH THIBODAUX

For about 40 minutes on Friday night, South Lafourche was flawless. 

But in the last eight minutes, they were everything but, losing a fourth-quarter lead for the second-straight week in the process.

The Tarpons led Thibodaux 17-7 with eight minutes left in Friday night’s game, and they were driving down the field in search of more.

But junior halfback Corbin Allen fumbled the ball at the 1-yard-line, and Thibodaux took it 99 yards down the field for a touchdown to make the game 17-14.

From there, the house of cards caved in on the Tarpons, who surrended two-more scores in the final six minutes to fall 26-17.

Tarpons coach Brandon Nowlin said after the game that his team let the game get away – for a second-straight week.

“We feel like we’re capable of being a 3-0 football team right now, but we’re not and it stings,” Nowlin said. “Tonight, we had everything how we wanted it, but we just didn’t finish the job. As the coach, I have to get them better in those situations. We have to learn to finish the game.”

For the three and a half quarters, the Tarpons played beautiful football.

South Lafourche scored first in the opening quarter when quarterback Jaydon Cheramie found halfback Corbin Allen down the seam for a strike to make it a 7-0 game.

After the teams traded turnovers, South Lafourche added some insurance at the end of the quarter on a short field goal by kicker Arnold Nguyen, which put the Tarpons on top 10-0.

Thibodaux got their only offense of the first three quarters at the end of the first when quarterback Saul Barrilleaux hit Chase Hollis on a 59-yard fly pattern for a score, which made the game 10-7.

But then the Tarpons dominated, then gave it all away.

After going to halftime, South Lafourche controlled the third quarter, taking a 17-7 lead on a wheel route from Cheramie to Brock Bailleaux. 

After two-straight stops, the Tarpons were on the move again, and pushed the ball to the Tigers’ 5-yard-line for a third-and-one situation.

But Allen fumbled, which gave the Tigers points and big-time momentum.

The Tarpons muffed the ensuing kickoff, which allowed Thibodaux to score again and take the lead and firm control of the game.