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Tarpons, Trojans win on Friday

Tarpons, Trojans win on Friday

We’ve waited all season for this.

Finally, both South Lafourche and Central Lafourche have won in the same week.

The Tarpons crushed Vandebilt 34-14 on Friday night, using dominant rushing and timely defense to upset the Terriers, who were undefeated before the game.

While the Tarpons did that, the Trojans worked their magic, as well, beating Ellender 35-26 to complete the local sweep and keep area football fans happy.

With the wins, South Lafourche is now 3-2 on the season, while the Trojans are 2-3. The Tarpons improved to 2-0 in district play with the victory.

TARPONS SHOW THEIR MUSCLE AGAINST VANDEBILT

South Lafourche pushed Vandebilt around on Friday night.  And it made coach Blake Forsythe awfully proud to see.

The Tarpons controlled both lines of scrimmage throughout the game, gutting the Terriers for consistent rushing yards offensively, while generating a pass rush defensively to annoy Vandebilt quarterback Andrew Robison.

South Lafourche struck first with a DaMarcus Caine interception, which turned into a Corbin Allen touchdown to go up 7-0.

After another Caine interception, quarterback Brock Bailleaux found Caine on a deep fly, which turned into another big play and a 13-0 lead.

The Tarpons never looked back.

In the second quarter, Vandebilt got a score on a short touchdown run from Brennan Rogers, but South Lafourche answered with one of its own – a touchdown run from Bailleaux, which made the score 20-7, a lead which held until halftime, thanks to a late-half surge from the Tarpons’ defense.

“I think there’s not any one thing. It was just an old-fashioned butt whooping,” Vandebilt coach Jeremy Atwell said. “In all three phases, they took it to us. They were more physical. They protected the football and their kids made plays. Our hats are off to them. They came in here and took it to us.”

In the second half, South Lafourche picked up where it left off.

Alex Lafont scored on a tough run late in the third quarter to put the Tarpons up 27-7. After a late bomb from Robison to Cruz Theriot cut the advantage to 27-14, South Lafourche controlled the rest of the game, pushing the pile forward for consistent short runs, which kept Vandebilt off the field.

Drake Billiot scored the Tarpons’ last touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter to increase the lead to 34-14.

He then drove in the dagger on the next possession with an interception of Robison, which allowed the Tarpons to run out the clock.

After the game, South Lafourche players celebrated the win with fans who packed Buddy Marcello Stadium to support the visiting team.

Some fans admittedly were surprised that the Tarpons scored such a sound victory over an undefeated team.

But Forsythe was not. He knew his group had this in them all along.

“I’ve told the kids all year that they have a chance to be a special group if it all comes together,” Forsythe said. “We challenged them before the game and they responded to it and answered the bell. It was a good win for our program.”

The Tarpons will host Assumption on Friday night.

TROJANS ROLL PAST ELLENDER

It took five games, but the Central Lafourche football team has finally shaken its first half woes – well, sort of, at least.

The Trojans did fall behind Ellender 7-0, then 14-7 in the first half of Friday’s game, but they battled back and grabbed control of the game before halftime to help spark their victory.

After the early deficit, Central Lafourche scored 15-straight points in the second quarter to take a 22-14 halftime lead – the last play coming on a short field goal from kicker Gavin Lasseigne.

Throughout the first half, the Trojans were efficient in their passing game with quarterback Jacob Barker routinely finding David Robinson and other open receivers for big plays down the field.

When the Trojans weren’t passing it, they were successfully running it.

Sophomore Deon Jenkins had a big day, rushing for well more than 100 yards in the win.

“It was good that we were able to get that balance offensively – having some good success both running it and throwing it,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “Jacob played well for us tonight. We completed some passes down the field and I think up front, our line did a nice job giving our guys holes and time to throw.”

In the second half, Ellender struck first on a touchdown to cut the lead to 22-20 late in the third quarter. But Central Lafourche came back and took over the game for good on a lengthy touchdown drive capped with a pass from Barker to Robinson, which put Central Lafourche ahead two scores – 29-20.

Ellender cut the Trojans’ lead to 29-26 with five minutes left on a deep touchdown pass to Kobe Hartman, but the Trojans iced it for good on the very nice drive, capped by a short touchdown run from Robinson, which clinched the win.

Ellender drove forward on the next sequence, but Central Lafourche stopped the Patriots on a turnover on downs to clinch a victory.

“It was a good win from our football team and we’re awfully proud of the kids,” Menard said. “We’re 2- 3 at the midway point and we have an awfully young football team. I think our challenges are to just keep getting better and to keep responding to the challenges that are ahead.”

The Trojans will take on H.L. Bourgeois on Friday night in a return to District 7-5A play.