Central Lafourche knew it needed to beat Thibodaux to get into the Class 5A State Playoffs.
When it was all said and done, the Trojans finished about 20 yards short.
Thibodaux beat Central Lafourche 23-16 in a thriller – a game that went down to the wire and featured several big plays from both teams.
The Trojans got the football late at their own 20-yard-line and matriculated it to the Tigers’ 20-yard-line with just eight seconds left.
On the final play from scrimmage, quarterback Jacob Barker was looking for David Robinson in the end zone, but was hit before he could throw the football, which forced a fumble and a Tigers’ recovery as time expired – sealing a victory for Thibodaux.
After the game, the teams shook hands and then gathered together for a multi-team prayer.
Coaches on both sides said it was one of the best games they’d ever been a part of.
Thibodaux moves on to the playoffs in the win, while Central Lafourche ends its season with a 3-7 record – one win short of an 11th game.
“It was a great game,” Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard said. “Both teams left it all out on the field. Unfortunately, we’ve just been one of those teams that seems to get on the wrong ends of games like this too often this year. I couldn’t be prouder of our kids. They don’t know how to quit. We battled, but give credit to Thibodaux. They made the big plays at the end to get the win.”
The first half of Friday’s game was played almost at a snail’s pace.
That’s exactly what the Trojans wanted.
Central Lafourche played a ball control offense, limiting possessions in the game to keep Thibodaux’s dynamic offense off the field.
The Trojans had three first half possessions to the Tigers’ two.
But despite several long, lengthy drives, Central Lafourche consistently stalled out when it got close to the end zone, which allowed Thibodaux to take a 6-3 lead into halftime.
“I knew going into halftime that we needed a little more than three points and that that’d probably come back to bite us a little bit,” Menard said.
In the second half, the points started to come in bunches.
The Tigers scored a touchdown early in the third quarter on a run by quarterback DeMarcus Mitchell which put Thibodaux ahead 13-3.
On the ensuing kickoff, Robinson worked his magic, taking the football 87-yards to the house for a touchdown to trim the lead to 13-9.
The Tigers finished scoring in the third quarter with a 43-yard field goal from Brandon Cone which put them up 16-9 – a lead which held until the fourth quarter when the Trojans came storming back with a touchdown pass to Zane Robichaux to tie the game at 16-all early in the fourth quarter.
The tie didn’t last long.
The Tigers drove down the field and took a 23-16 lead on a touchdown run from Tanner Guillot with 9:32 left in the game, which set the stage for the dramatic finish.
The Trojans got the football back one last time with 40 seconds left and pushed it 60 yards down the field before the fumble which ended the game.
Menard said that his team got that far shows their grit.
“We were on our side of the field and we got all the way down there in hardly no time at all,” Menard said. “That shows a lot about our kids. They always fight.”
The loss ends the Trojans’ season. Thibodaux advanced into the playoffs as the No. 31 seed. They will play No. 2 Covington on Friday.
TARPONS LOSE, BUT STILL HOST IN ROUND 1
South Lafourche knew a win against East St. John would guarantee themselves a home playoff game.
A loss meant the Tarpons would be at mercy of the power rankings math.
The numbers fell in South Lafourche’s favor.
The Tarpons fell 40-8 to East St. John on Friday, surrendering several big plays and chunks of yardage in the loss.
South Lafourche ends its regular season with a 6-4 record. But the Tarpons will enter the playoffs as the No. 15 seed. They will likely host No. 18 Tioga on Friday, pending final numbers from the LHSAA.
“I wasn’t happy with our effort,” Tarpon coach Blake Forsythe said. “I think we knew we were in the playoffs and we were just satisfied to be there and didn’t give enough of an effort to better ourselves. We will get back home, get back to work and get ourselves ready for a big football game on Friday night.”
The Wildcats dominated throughout.
They struck first three minutes into the game on a deep pass from Dasmian Crosby to Shelvin Keller which put the Cats up 6-0 early in the game.
The Tarpons had chances throughout the first half, driving into East St. John territory on several drives. But for every door that opened, the Wildcats slammed it closed, stopping the Tarpons at each turn to take a 27-0 lead into halftime.
The big blows were a pass from Crosby to Antonio just before halftime and a pick-six the Wildcats got on a play deep in their own territory with the Tarpons looking to score.
In the third quarter, the Wildcats scored first on a deep pass which made the game 33-0.
The Tarpons got their lone points defensively in the second half when Jacob Danos hit the Wildcats’ quarterback in his own end zone and forced a fumble, which Drake Billiot fell on for a touchdown.
Jake Galjour rushed into the end zone on the 2-point conversion to make the game 33-8.
The Wildcats added a late score, which pushed the game to its final margin.
Posted on Sat, November 4, 2017
by The Lafourche Gazette