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South Lafourche runs through Central in decisive win

South Lafourche runs through Central in decisive win

By about the midway point of the first quarter in Friday night’s game, Central Lafourche’s defense knew South Lafourche quarterback Harvey Allen was going to get the football – over and over again.

But knowing it’s coming and being able to stop it are two entirely different things. The Trojans learned that the hard way, falling to their rivals for the seventh-straight time, dating back to the 2009 season.

Allen rushed for four touchdowns and passed for one more on Friday night as South Lafourche crushed the Trojans up-front, rushing for 336 yards as a team in a 44-27 win.

Allen had 170 of those rushing yards to go along with completing 7-of-9 passes for 129 passing yards and a score as a passer in the Tarpons’ high-powered offensive attack, which played its best game of the season on Friday night.

“We’re really preaching progression and continuing to take steps forward,” South Lafourche head coach Dennis Skains said. “Central Lafourche is a good team. Coach (Keith) Menard does a great job with those guys. When he gets a little more time to build up their program, watch out, because he does a terrific job scheming each game. For us, we’re happy to just keep moving forward, getting better and earning another win.”

The Tarpons dominated the line of scrimmage from the earliest minutes of Friday night’s win.

South Lafourche won the coin toss and elected to receive, opting to place Allen and the team’s offense on the field first to set a tone for the way the night would go.

Mission accomplished. South Lafourche took the football and marched down the field in short order, capping the drive with Allen’s first touchdown run. After an offside penalty on the extra point, the Tarpons successfully converted the 2-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead.

But the Trojans had an early answer for the Tarpons, matching South Lafourche’s score with one of their own in just three plays on a Da’Quan Gray 41-yard touchdown scamper to make the game 8-7.

That drive was the peak of the offensive success on this night for the Trojans, who continually shot themselves in the foot with turnovers, penalties and mishaps throughout the game.

The Trojans had a muffed shotgun snap stall one drive, a holding call negate a touchdown screen pass on another and the team failed on both a fake punt and fake extra point try in the loss.

“Our effort is there,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “We didn’t always execute, and we had a few plays that helped them out a little bit. But our effort is there. But give some credit to South Lafourche. (Allen) is a special, special football player. He was a major factor tonight. We couldn’t quite ever find the answer for him, and I think that’ll be a problem a lot of teams in our area might have this season because he’s a good one.”

While the Trojans found ways to make life difficult for themselves in Friday’s loss, Allen just continued to chug along.

After a pair of stops by both defenses, Allen put South Lafourche up 15-7 with 8:57 in the first half on a 7-yard touchdown scamper – a lead that the Tarpons held into halftime.

Out of the lockers, Allen ran for his third score of the night, also adding the 2-point conversion to push the Tarpons ahead 23-7 midway through the third quarter.

Skains said Allen’s dominance on Friday night is a testament to his young quarterback’s prowess. But it’s also a testament to the Tarpon’s powerful offensive line, which opened up gaping holes throughout the game to give the quarterback and halfbacks Justin Doucet, Jacob Jackson and Sean Bouzigard room to run throughout the game.

“We finally have a mix there,” Skains said of his line play. “Those kids did a great job opening up holes up front. We still missed a few blocks and we’re always looking to correct that and get better, but those guys played well and were a big factor in us getting the win.”

Allen’s passing touchdown came in the final minute of the third quarter – a deep bomb to junior Kyle Angeron to make the game 30-7 after a successful extra point try.

The Trojans made a last-ditch effort to rally the troops when quarterback Austin Aucoin hit two-straight touchdown passes – one to Andrew Griffin and the other to halfback Thomas Wesley to push the score to 30-19 with 8:30 to go in the game.

But Allen erased all doubt when he broke through the line of scrimmage and took the ball 33 yards and into the end zone to put the Tarpons up 37-19 – a lead that ballooned to 44-19 just minutes later when Doucet scored to end South Lafourche’s offense for the night.

Central Lafourche scored a garbage-time touchdown in the final seconds when Aucoin hit Griffin for a second time to run the game to its final 44-27 margin.

With the win, South Lafourche is now 3-3 and 2-1 in Bayou District play. The Trojans are 3-3 and 1-2 in district.

The Tarpons will host H.L. Bourgeois on Friday night, while the Trojans will take on undefeated Destrehan.

Skains said his biggest focus isn’t on the Braves, but is on getting better and progressing so that his team can make a playoff push.

Menard agreed.

“We’ve got to play a complete game,” Menard said. “That’s a problem for us – putting it all together and playing the full 48 minutes.”