For the third-straight year, the South Lafourche football team is going to the Class 5A State Playoffs.
The Tarpons lost Friday night’s game with Hahnville, falling to the Tigers by a 42-13 margin. But thanks to the strength of the Bayou District and a powerful non-district slate that featured quality opponents like Landry
Walker and Shaw, the Tarpons were fortunate enough to accumulate enough power points throughout the season to be in the Top 32 in Class 5A.
South Lafourche received the No. 31-seed in the playoff bracket – that’s the good news. The bad news is that the
Tarpons will open their 2014 Playoff journey as a decisive underdog against No. 2 Ponchatoula – a 10-0 foe that has steamrolled all of its opponents all season, firmly establishing itself as one of the favorites to go to the Superdome.
Kick-off for Friday night’s game will be at 7 p.m. The game will be played at the Green Wave’s campus, located at 19452 La. Highway 22 in Ponchatoula.
“We want another week,” South Lafourche head football coach Dennis Skains said. “We wanted another game to prepare for with these kids – another week to work on things and get better. We know that we’re a big underdog, but we’ve been an underdog all season. Our kids never shy away from that role. We’re going to work hard and try and put together our best game.”
Against Hahnville on Friday night, South Lafourche was seemingly doomed for the start when junior quarterback Harvey Allen and junior halfback/defensive end Jacob Jackson were ruled out for the game – each with ankle injuries.
Without Allen, the Tarpons played a multi-quarterback system that focused heavily on the running game and controlling the clock.
It worked early in the game, as South Lafourche took six minutes off the clock on its second drive of the game, pushing the ball deep into Hahnville territory.
But a fumble turned the ball over to Hahnville with two and a half minutes left in the first quarter and the game still in a scoreless tie.
And the rest of the game belonged to the Tigers.
After receiving the turnover, Hahnville’s offense drew first blood when quarterback Austin Perrin found receiver Ricky Preston on a 65-yard bomb to put the Tigers up 7-0 late in the opening quarter.
The Tigers scored again early in the second quarter, going on top 14-0 after a short touchdown run by Drew Dunn.
After a couple of punts, Hahnville ended the first half with a bang when Perrin hit Brandon Singleton on a bomb to put the Tigers up 21-0 at halftime.
For the second-straight week, the Tarpons’ secondary was an Achilles Heel. South Lafourche held Hahnville’s option-based offense to fewer than 100 yards. But in long-yardage situations, Perrin was always able to pick out open receivers for big yardage.
“That’s killed us all year,” Skains said. “I know it doesn’t look like we work on that, but we do every, single day at practice. If we’re able to get one more game to play, we’ll work on it again and try and be better.”
Hahnville started the second half with a dagger, returning the opening kickoff of the half 65 yards for a touchdown to go up 28-0.
Backup quarterback Mike Neal threw and ran for touchdowns to close the third quarter with the Tigers ahead 42-0.
In the fourth quarter, South Lafourche showed some perseverance, fighting forward for two touchdowns to bring the game to its final margin.
The first came on a seven-yard scamper from senior Audie Pitre, the second when young quarterback Jaydon Cheramie hit Tony Bailey for a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Skains said he was pleased to see his seniors get touchdowns on Senior Night – an emotional time for the coach and the players.
“All of those kids mean so much to me,” Skains said. “Coaches always hate Senior Night because it takes you out of your routine, but as you watch those young men walk toward you, you’re flooded with memories. I love this group, and they all mean so much to me.”
Trojans fall to Thibodaux, eliminated from contention
While South Lafourche survived week 10 with another game to prepare for, the Central Lafourche Trojans weren’t quite as fortunate.
The Trojans were hammered 54-14 by Thibodaux on Friday night, ending the team’s regular season with a 4-6 record.
But because of the team’s subpar non-district slate, Central Lafourche wasn’t able to earn enough power points to get into the Class 5A playoffs – ending the team’s season.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Menard said. “We fought all year long. In the end, we came up short, but we’re going to keep pushing and keep fighting forward. We like what we have coming back and we’ll keep working to get better. It hurts for our seniors, though. Those kids cared about one another. We wanted to get to the playoffs for them.”
For the Trojans, Friday night’s game was must-win. But Thibodaux had a little something to say about that.
The Tigers dominated the first half of Friday night’s game, roaring to a 28-0 lead at halftime. Halfback Jayquan Chenier and quarterback Peyton Bonvillain combined for almost 300 of the Tigers’ 429 rushing yards in the win, gashing the Trojans throughout the night.
The Tigers’ running game was stymied one week earlier against South Lafourche – something that kept Thibodaux hungry in week 10.
“We got back to our bread and butter – running the football,” Tigers coach Chris Dugas said. “We did a nice job keeping them off balance and keeping the chains moving.”
In the second half, the Tigers ballooned their lead to 41-0 before the Trojans got on the board when quarterback Austin Aucoin hit Da’Quan Gray on a short touchdown strike to make the score 41-7.
After two more Thibodaux scores, Central Lafourche halfback Thomas Wesley scored the final touchdown of the night, bringing the game to its final 54-14 margin.
Posted on Mon, November 10, 2014
by Casey Gisclair Contributing Writer