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Head: Trojans lost heartbreaker, while injuries mount for Tarpons

Head: Trojans lost heartbreaker, while injuries mount for Tarpons

If not for bad luck, the Central Lafourche football team wouldn’t have had any luck at all on Friday night against Terrebonne.

The Trojans had turnovers, bad breaks and a series of tough circumstances throughout Friday’s game, placing the Tigers in several advantageous situations throughout the game.

Despite the tough luck, the Trojans led 28-27 late in the game and were poised to score a home upset of the Tigers.

But Terrebonne showed grit, pushing down the field 93 yards for a last-minute touchdown drive to go ahead for good, sealing a 34-28 victory.

Trojans coach Keith Menard said the loss was a heartbreaker for he and his team.

“It’s tough,” he said. “The kids battled. We had some things go wrong. We fell behind, but we battled back. Defensively, I thought we played well against their athletic playmakers, but they made enough plays on that last drive to put it into the end zone and seal the win.”

The game was back and forth throughout. Terrebonne struck first on a touchdown run to go up 6-0, but the Trojans won the rest of the first quarter to go up 7-6, thanks to a touchdown pass from Jacob Barker to Peyton Loredo.

Terrebonne had the next 14 points in the game to go up 20-7 midway through the second quarter, but Central Lafourche’s best playmaker made something happen to get the team back into the game.

On the ensuing kickoff, senior David Robinson shook tacklers, then sprinted 98 yards for a score to cut the lead to 20-14, which lasted until halftime.

Out of the lockers, Central Lafourche looked like it was going to take control of the game, but fate had other plans. The Trojans drove deep into Tigers’ territory, but fumbled near the end zone, which Terrebonne returned 80 yards to Central Lafourche’s 17-yard-line.

A few plays later, Brennon Guidry added to Terrebonne’s lead on a short run, which put the Tigers ahead 27-14.

“That was a big swing in momentum,” Menard said. “You think you’re going in for a score and they take it out and run it back to your side of the field and they’re the ones getting points. That is a hard thing to get past.”

But the Trojans did.

After the turnover, Central Lafourche righted the ship, scoring two-straight touchdowns to go up 28-27 late in the fourth quarter.

The first came on a short run from Zachary Kraemer and the second a touchdown pass from Barker to Robinson, which put the Trojans up 28-27 with 7:47 in the game – a drive which also included a successful 2-point conversion.

But Terrebonne didn’t give up.

The Tigers punted to the Trojans, who ate up almost all of the remaining clock, pushing the ball deep into Terrebonne territory. But a bad snap pushed Central Lafourche out of field goal range and an interception gave Terrebonne back possession at their own 7-yard-line with just a few minutes to play.

A few plays later, the Tigers were winning the game, executing a two-minute drive to perfection on a drive capped with a touchdown pass from Jakhi Douglas to Guidry, which put the Tigers up for good.

Menard said the loss hurts because of what was on the line. Central Lafourche entered the game just outside of the LHSAA Top 32 for Class 5A – the breaking point for the playoffs.

The loss means the Trojans have to finish the season strong to reach the field.

“It’s a heartbreaker,” Menard said. “We thought we had it won, but we didn’t. That stings a little bit the next morning.”



Could South Lafourche beat E.D. White at full strength?

We’ll never know

The Cardinals triumphed over some beat up Tarpons and pushed into the driver’s seat of District 7-4A on Friday, using prolific running and timely defense to secure a 28-12 win.

E.D. White limited South Lafourche to fewer than 200 yards of total offense in the win – their seventh of the year. Coach Blake Forsythe said he was proud of his team’s effort, even in defeat.

“The kids played hard. I think it was just a tale of numbers,” Forsythe said. “We went back and looked at it as coaches and we played 19 kids on Friday. We have kickers and some specialty personnel guys out there, but for the most part, we played 19 kids. The kids were spent. They gave us everything they had. Our lack of depth just caught up to us a little bit.”

It was a dog fight early.

E.D. White won the coin toss and deferred possession to the second half. They immediately forced a three-and-out drive, then scored on their first offensive play – a long run from Nik Shanklin, which put the Cardinals up 7-0.

South Lafourche answered that score with one of its own – a one-yard quarterback sneak from Brock Bailleaux which cut the lead to 7-6 after a blocked extra point.

In the second half, E.D. White started big again, which Shanklin pushed into the end zone from three yards out to go up 14-6.

The Tarpons answered again with a score from Drake Billiot, but the 2-point conversion was no good, which kept the Cardinals up 14-12, despite both teams have two touchdowns at that time.

But fourth quarter was all E.D. White.

As the Tarpons ran out of steam, the Cardinals picked up momentum.

E.D. White quarterback Brandon Legendre broke a long run midway through the fourth quarter to go ahead 21-12, effectively putting the game out of reach.

The Tarpons punted to E.D. White late and the Cardinals added an insurance score to send the game to its final margin.

With the loss, South Lafourche drops to 5-3 on the season. They will return to play Friday at South Terrebonne.