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CL starts season with a bang at jamboree

CL starts season with a bang at jamboree

The Central Lafourche football season has started off with a bang. The Trojans walloped Brusly 18-0 on Friday night at the Thibodaux High School Jamboree – a dominant start to Central Lafourche’s season.

Trojans coach Keith Menard said he’s proud of the way his team played, touting that Brusly is a quality team.

“We’re really happy with the way that we played,” Menard said. “It’s always good to take the field and walk away with a win. There’s no question that we’re excited about how our defense handled itself. Anytime you can walk off the field and the other team couldn’t get on the scoreboard, that’s something that you take pride in.”

The Trojans defense was so good on Friday night that it even did a little scoring of its own.

On the first drive of Friday night’s game, Brusly pushed the football to Central Lafourche’s 35-yard line. That drive came to a crashing halt when Nicholls commitment and Trojans senior defensive back Anfernee Poindexter picked off a pass from quarterback Jason Holliday and took it 80 yards for a touchdown – the first points of the game. The Trojans missed the 2-point conversion and stayed with a 6-0 lead.

Menard said the pick-six was the turning point in the game. It was the only points scored in the opening half of the jamboree.

“They came in, and hit us early and had some good plays,” Menard said. “Once we got the turnover, it all shifted.

The rest of the game, our defense dominated and held their offense down.”

With Brusly unable to get first downs, the Trojans offense took control in the second half.

With about seven minutes left in the game, Central senior quarterback Austin Aucoin hit receiver Andrew Griffin on a 42-yard touchdown strike. After another failed 2-point conversion, the Trojans led 12-0.

On the team’s next possession, Central scored again on a 10-yard run from Poindexter to make the score 18-0.

“Our defense kept giving us opportunities and in the second half, we finally took advantage,” Menard said. “We need them to power us and give us some life. They are ahead of our offense a little bit to start the season, so we need them to keep competing at a high level, and on Friday night, they definitely got off to a good start.

Central will open its 2015 season at home on Friday against Patterson – an annual Class 3A powerhouse. Menard said the Trojans need to play big to defeat the Lumberjacks.

“We wanted to play a tougher non-district schedule, and this is going to be a big test,” Menard said. “We have to play at a high level to beat a team of their caliber.”

Tarpons fall to Teurings in Lafayette Jamboree

While the Trojans celebrated Friday’s dominant jamboree performance, their rivals 25-30 miles down the bayou are stuck licking their wounds.

The South Lafourche football team played in a jamboree at Cajuns Field in Lafayette on Thursday night, matching up against Class 4A powerhouse Teurlings Catholic.

The senior-laden Rebels were too much for the Tarpons, taking advantage of several South Lafourche miscues en route to an easy 28-0 victory.

Teurlings senior quarterback and Arkansas commitment Cole Kelley was huge in the jamboree, throwing for two touchdowns and running for one more.

“We just didn’t play well,” South Lafourche coach Dennis Skains said. “We made too many mistakes, and when you make mistakes against a team that’s as good as they are, they make you pay. But the good news is that we have it all on film, so we’re going to be able to get back on the field and correct our mistakes. We’re better than we played, and we’re eager to take the field again and show it.”

It was an uphill battle from the start for the Tarpons on Thursday. Teurlings got the football first and ran the opening kickoff back into Tarpons territory. From there, Kelly powered his offense into the end zone to take a 6-0 lead. Tarpons senior Trey Bonin blocked the extra point.

Throughout the game, South Lafourche struggled to get quarterback Jaydon Cheramie into a rhythm. He fumbled a couple snaps throughout the game and missed a couple reads.

With the Tarpons unable to move the ball, Teurlings took advantage of short fields and led 21-0 at halftime before adding a final score in the second half.

“I think Jaydon was amped up,” Skains said. “It was a big stage for him, and we struggled. It’s my fault. We, as coaches, have to do a better job getting them prepared, and that’s what we’re going to do this week in practice.

The Tarpons open 2015 at Bonnabel on Friday night.