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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Central trumps HL Bourgeois, ends teams unbeaten season

Central trumps HL Bourgeois, ends teams unbeaten season

Last week, the Central Lafourche football team saw its undefeated season end in a loss against South Lafourche.

This week, the Trojans returned the favor and handed a different opponent its first defeat.

Central Lafourche rode a dominant defensive effort to top H.L. Bourgeois 14-7 on Friday night – a game played before a jam-packed crowd in Mathews.

The Trojans defense were the stars of the show, shutting out the Braves offense for the entire game. The Braves only touchdown came on an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

“Our defense held them to zero,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “We shut them out. That’s not easy to do because that’s a good H.L. Bourgeois offense. We wondered all week how we’d respond after losing a tough game to South Lafourche. Well, our defense stepped up to the challenge and made sure it didn’t happen again on Friday night.”

Offense was at a premium for both teams on Friday night. Neither team scored in the first quarter and the entire game was extremely physical – especially in the trenches at the line of scrimmage.

The Trojans started having success offensively at the end of the first quarter and the team turned it into points on the first play of the second quarter on a 24-yard touchdown run from Andrew Griffin. After the two-point conversion, the Trojans led 8-0.

After forcing a punt, the Trojans scored again on their next drive midway through the second quarter on a long touchdown pass from quarterback Austin Aucoin to David Robinson to go ahead 14-0. The 2-point conversion was missed. 

After getting another stop, Central’s offense was on the move again right before halftime and was looking to possibly put the game away for good.

But the Braves stepped up and stole momentum when Brent Ramirez intercepted Aucoin and took the ball 71 yards for a touchdown to make the game 14-7 at halftime.

“Those are plays that we need to eliminate,” Menard said. “We had a chance to add to our lead and we let them back into the game. We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot like that.”

The Central Lafourche defense never buckled.

In the second half, the Braves had multiple opportunities, but were never able to tie the game. The most threatening drive came late in the game when H.L. Bourgeois got to the Trojans 33-yard-line.

Central’s defense stiffened and kept the Braves out of the end zone, forcing a turnover and downs and sealing the win.

“Those guys have played so well for us all year long,” Menard said of his defense. “It’s no one guy. It’s not any specific individual. We just get a good, total team effort.”

With the win, the Trojans improved to 4-1 on the season. Menard said the challenge now is to continue to push and go beyond its current mark. Central Lafourche has finished with four wins in each of the past two seasons.

The Trojans face Thibodaux on Friday night.

“We don’t need motivation for that game,” Menard said. “The kids will be ready, and we just have to keep pushing one game at a time. If we do, we think we can have a six, seven or eight-win year.”


Last week, South Lafourche rode special teams to a win against Central Lafourche.

But in Friday’s game, that same unit was a constant sore thumb in a loss to Plaquemine.

The Tarpons allowed two returns for touchdowns and had a kick blocked to set up another score in a 44-14 loss to the Green Devils.

The loss dropped South Lafourche to 2-3 on the season.

“Special teams killed us tonight,” South Lafourche coach Dennis Skains said. “Offensively, we need to convert more third downs, and defensively, we didn’t like how we played in the second half, so you never really know how the game would turn out without those returns. But those things can’t happen. We have to clean it up and get better.”

The Tarpons played pretty well early against the Green Devils.

After Plaquemine scored first and missed the extra point to go up 6-0, South Lafourche answered back on a long run from Corbin Allen to go on top 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.

But the rest of the game was all Plaquemine. The Green Devils took a 13-7 lead in the second quarter on a long pass to Wayne Toussant in the second quarter. Plaquemine scored right before half on a short run by Tyler Wesley to go on top 20-7 at halftime.

“I thought in the first half, we actually played pretty well,” Skains said. “We just didn’t take it with us to the second half.”

On the opening play of the second half, Toussant ran the opening kickoff for a touchdown to go on top 27-7. The Green Devils used powerful running to add a few more scores to put the game away.

Jaydon Cheramie added the Tarpons only score of the second half on a long scramble.

The Tarpons open district play next week against Morgan City, and Skains said it’s a huge game for his team.

“We need a win,” Skains told his team after the game. “We need a good week of practice and we need a win.”