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Defense sparks Terriers over South Lafourche

Defense sparks Terriers over South Lafourche

Many experts expected a high-scoring shootout when Vandebilt came to Galliano to take on South Lafourche.

But the experts were wrong.

Vandebilt won the game, and it was largely in part to its defense and a couple big plays on special teams.

The Terriers trumped South Lafourche 31-14 on Friday night, using a second-half surge to break a 7-all halftime tie.

The loss spoiled homecoming for South Lafourche and dropped the Tarpons to 2-5 on the season.

Coach Brandon Nowlin said the Tarpons just couldn’t get anything going in the game.

“We really struggled to move it offensively – especially early,” Nowlin said. “Give credit to them. Their defense played well. We thought we’d be able to have more sustained success than we did. We moved it at times, but it was sort of the same story we’ve seen all season. As we’d get a step forward, we’d take a step backward with a turnover or a penalty. You can’t win many football games like that against good teams, and we learned that first-hand tonight.”

For the Tarpons, things started off pretty good.

South Lafourche took the ensuing kickoff nearly all the way – a long return by Jeremy Rogers, which set up a short scoring drive capped by a pass from Jaydon Cheramie to receiver Brock Bailleaux to go on top 7-0.

The rest of the first half was sloppy – by both teams.

Vandebilt moved the ball a couple times, but continually found ways to stay out of the end zone – mostly with untimely fumbles deep in South Lafourche territory.

The Terriers did find the end zone once in the first half – a score set up by a short field.

After an interception at the Tarpons 11-yard-line, Vandebilt punched the ball into the end zone on a pass from quarterback Andrew Robison to receiver Roland Johnson – a score which sent the game to halftime tied at 7-all.

In the third quarter, Vandebilt continued to shoot itself in the foot early. In the first drive out of halftime, the Terriers were driving down the field, but fumbled, turning the ball over to the Tarpons.

But South Lafourche couldn’t take advantage, and the Terriers started an offensive onslaught, scoring 10 points in the third quarter to hold a 17-7 lead going into the final quarter.

“We had plenty chances,” Nowlin said. “Our defense gave us opportunities. We just didn’t take advantage of those. That’s on me. I have to find ways to have that not happen. I have to find ways to get us in the end zone more often.”

In the fourth quarter, South Lafourche attempted a comeback. Cheramie pushed into the end zone from 4 yards out to cut the lead to 17-14. But on the very next drive, Robison hit Brody Fister on an out route that went 52 yards for a score. 

A late-game touchdown run from halfback Michael LeCompte put the game away and send it to its final margin.

South Lafourche takes on Ellender next week, and Nowlin said self-preservation will be key.

Several of the team’s top players were heavily limited by injuries throughout Friday’s game.

“It limits what you can do,” Nowlin said. “But that’s not an excuse. We have to lick our wounds and get ourselves ready to keep playing.”

 

TROJANS FALL TO DESTREHAN

Central Lafourche’s bad October continued on Friday night.

The Trojans hosted Destrehan, but had very little luck, falling 49-21 against the mighty Wildcats, who are one of the top teams in Louisiana.

Trojans coach Keith Menard said the loss was a continuation of bad habits the team has picked up in the past few weeks. 

In the team’s three-game losing streak, Central Lafourche has gotten to the red zone often, but haven’t always been able to punch the ball into the end zone – a trend which continued against the Wildcats.

“It’s disappointing,” Menard said. “We put a lot of emphasis on it, but we just haven’t been able to get a handle on it just yet. That hurts. Those are big plays. It changed the complexion of the whole game.”

The Trojans were outmanned from the start on Friday.

The Wildcats scored on five-straight possessions to start the game, which, combined with the Trojans’ offensive deficiencies, made the score 35-0 at halftime. 

In the second half, Central Lafourche made some offensive noise, but it was mostly late in the game and against Destrehan’s reserve defenders.

With the loss, the Trojans are now 4-3 on the season. They’re 0-3 in District 7-5A play.

The Wildcats are 7-0, and are among the favorites to win the state championship.

The Trojans’ path doesn’t get much easier. 

Next week, they’ll take on Hahnville – a team widely considered to be the second-best group in the district behind the Wildcats. 

The game will take place on Hahnville’s campus in Boutte on Friday. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.