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Tarpons roll in ‘ugly’ win; Trojans get district triumph

Tarpons roll in ‘ugly’ win; Trojans get district triumph

South Lafourche beat Vandebilt in Week 5 and that was a big deal for the Tarpons’ program and the community.

But coach Blake Forsythe said now it’s time for the team to move on and focus more on progression and less on the past.

South Lafourche beat Assumption 20-18 on Friday night, improving to 4-2 on the season and 3-0 in district play.

But after the win, Forsythe was critical of the way the Tarpons played, saying that the team had a bad week of preparation and it bled into Friday night – especially after the Tarpons jumped ahead 14-0 in the first three minutes of the game.

“We were soft and satisfied,” Forsythe said. “We spent all week reading our press clippings about how we beat one team like that made our season. We got fat and happy. We got up two scores and said, ‘Oh, we got this.’ And we got soft. We got soft and it almost cost us a win.”

South Lafourche won the first three minutes of the game handily.

The rest? Well, that was a grind.

The Tarpons got the ball first and struck quick on a 30-yard touchdown run from Corbin Allen to go on top 7-0.

After a quick defensive stop, the Tarpons found gold again on the first play of their second drive, which Allen took 61 yards to the house to put the Tarpons on top 14-0.

But then the rest of the game was a struggle.

South Lafourche’s offense stagnated after they got the early lead, which opened up opportunities for Assumption, despite the Mustangs turning over the ball four times in defeat.

The Mustangs scored in the second quarter to cut South Lafourche’s lead to 14-6 – a lead which looked like it would hold up until halftime.

Then Jake Galjour happened.

On a fourth down and long play, quarterback Brock Bailleaux hit Galjour near the 7-yard-line. Galjour shook defenders, got his at the 2-yard-line, then powered into the end zone for a touchdown to put South Lafourche up 20-6 at halftime.

Assumption fought back in the third quarter, using halfback Ernest Adams to push the pile and continue drives. The Mustangs also hit a deep touchdown pass on play action.

But the Mustangs had a fatal flaw on this night – extra points. The Mustangs missed their first extra point of the night, then attempted 2-point conversions on their second and third scores – both unsuccessful.

That allowed the Tarpons to hang on to a 20-18 advantage until the end.

It was awfully close, though. The Mustangs had several drives in the fourth quarter with chances to take the lead. But South Lafourche’s defense stiffened each time – either with interceptions or turnovers on downs, which allowed the Tarpons a chance to run out the clock and seal the win.

But Forsythe isn’t content.

He said the team will get back to work this week and try and get better. The Tarpons will face Morgan City on Friday and the coach wants to see a complete effort.

“It’s back to the drawing board and back to work,” Forsythe said.

 

TROJANS ROLL PAST HLB

Central Lafourche won, too.

The Trojans earned their first district victory on Friday, defeating H.L. Bourgeois 43-34 in Mathews, improving to 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in District 7-5A play.

It was a total team effort for Central Lafourche. The Trojans made plays in all three phases to push past the Braves, including three blocked kicks to secure the win.

“We made things happen in every phase,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “We moved the football. We made plays and special teams and we got stops and turnovers. It was a good team win.”

Short fields helped the Trojans roar out of the games to a 14-0 lead. After a blocked kick and a turnover, Central Lafourche had great field position, which set up two separate touchdown passes from Austin Barker to David Robinson.

The Braves rallied for the rest of the half, using timely offense to push the ball down the field.

Quarterback Connor Verdin hit a touchdown pass and Anthony Ruffin had two touchdown runs, which cut the Trojans’ lead to 21-20 at halftime.

The Trojans had a touchdown in between – a short run from Deon Jenkins, who had a huge day for Central Lafourche.

In the second half, Central Lafourche struck for 14-straight – first on a touchdown pass from Barker to Logan Wilcox and then on another touchdown by Jenkins to go ahead 35-20.

The Braves tried to battle back, but for every piece of momentum they got, the Trojans took some of their own.

Menard said he was proud of the way his team played on Friday, adding that close wins like that build momentum for the rest of the season.