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Week 1 not kind to Tarpons, Trojans

Week 1 not kind to Tarpons, Trojans

Week one of the prep football season wasn’t kind to our local teams.

Both South Lafourche and Central Lafourche lost on opening night, falling to 0-1 on the season.

The Tarpons lost to De La Salle, the No. 1 team in the state in Class 3A, while the Trojans fell to E.D. White in the Cardinals’ first game in Class 4A.

TARPONS FALL TO POWERHOUSE

For about a quarter and a half, South Lafourche executed its game plan to perfection.

The Tarpons got a few defensive stops, sustained drives and slowed the game down to perfection.

But late in the second quarter and with the Cavaliers up just 7-0, things changed and the scoreboard tilted in De La Salle’s favor.

De La Salle scored two touchdowns late in the second half to take a 22-0 halftime lead.

Out of the lockers, the momentum never changed and the Cavaliers walked out of Memorial Stadium with a 39-7 victory.

Tarpons coach Blake Forsythe said he was disappointed in the result, but happy with the effort South Lafourche gave throughout the game.

The coach said he and his staff will watch film throughout the week to pinpoint improvement areas before this Friday’s game against Thibodaux.

“We played OK early,” Forsythe said. “We made a few plays defensively and we moved it a little offensively. We just couldn’t finish drives or get that big play we needed to swing momentum over to our side.”

For about 18 minutes of scoreboard time, it was anyone’s game.

De La Salle got the ball first and drove down the field, but the Tarpons bottled them up short of the end zone, causing a turnover on downs.

Defenses stayed in control for most of the first half with the only early score coming on a long pass play from Julien Gums to B.J. Randle, which made the score 7-0.

Forsythe said the Cavaliers caught several long passes in the game – even with defenders flanked around receivers.

“Their athletes just made better plays than ours did,” he said.

At the end of the first half, things sputtered out of control for Big Blue.

After a long touchdown run put De La Salle up 14-0, the Cavaliers stopped South Lafourche on fourth and short deep inside of South Lafourche territory.

That set up a short field and another score, which seemingly put the game out of reach for the second half.

“They’re a well-coached football team,” De La Salle coach Ryan Manale said. “I thought they did a lot of things well. Our players made some plays and we were fortunate to get out of here with the win.”

In the second half, De La Salle added to their advantage, scoring a touchdown and a field goal in the third quarter to go up 32-0.

In the fourth, both teams found the end zone – the last score coming on a short run by Austin Danos on a drive dominated by junior halfback Jakobe Washington.

Forsythe said the late score will give the Tarpons a little momentum for next week.

“We kept the veteran linemen in and let some young skill guys play and they had a nice showing,” he said. “We didn’t have a lot to feel good about offensively in the game, so to end it with a score will be good for our guys.”

South Lafourche will host Thibodaux on Friday night.

The Tigers lost to Vandebilt in Week 1.

TROJANS FALL TO CARDINALS

Central Lafourche played a “rotten” first half, according to coach Keith Menard.

The Trojans fell behind 14-0, then 21-7 at halftime, surrendering momentum to the home-standing Cardinals.

But in the second half, Central Lafourche fixed its woes, but ultimately ran out of time, falling 28-22 to the Cardinals to open the season – a disappointing start for a team that won its jamboree last Friday.

“We were so sluggish in the first half,” Menard said. “It took us way too long to get going. The kids were tough. They didn’t give up. But in the second half, we just had a little too big of a hole to come out of and it ended up going the other way.”

E.D. White’s power running game proved tough for the Trojans to handle.

The Cardinals broke two long touchdown runs – one by Nik Shanklin and another by Brandon Legendre, which put E.D. White up 14-0 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Trojans got a spark from special teams, blocking a punt for a touchdown. But E.D. White answered back with a long drive capped with another score for Legendre, which made the game 21-7 at halftime.

In the second half, Central Lafourche’s offense came to life and the Trojans scored two touchdowns with a field goal to cut E.D. White’s lead to 28-22 with just a few minutes to play.

But the Trojans’ defense couldn’t get a stop late, allowing E.D. White to run out the clock and seal a win.

Trojans standout David Robinson rushed for 199 yards in the defeat.

E.D. White’s duo of Shanklin and Legendre combined for 170 yards.