Going into Friday night’s season opener against predicted powerhouse Landry-Walker, South Lafourche coach Dennis Skains knew the Tarpons needed to play well to win.
But the Tarpons didn’t, squandering countless opportunities on both sides of the football in a 7-0 loss to the highly regarded Class 4A school.
The Tarpons turned the ball over five times in the contest and had multiple chances to score late in the game in the red zone.
“It’s really a tough one because we felt like we probably should have won the game,” Skains said. “We just couldn’t break through and make that one big play we needed. But give credit to them, too. They are a very athletic, very talented team. We just couldn’t get it done.”
Defense dominated the entirety of Friday night’s game in Galliano.
Landry-Walker just had 70 total yards on the night, but found the end zone after being thrust into prime scoring position after intercepting Tarpons’ quarterback Dominick Fillinich in the middle of the second quarter.
The Chargers scored the only touchdown of the game a few plays after that turnover when quarterback Li’Jon Cordier hit receiver Anthony Milton for a five-yard score to go up 7-0.
After the lone touchdown of the game, the remaining 30 minutes of action were defined by near-misses.
Landry-Walker had chances to put points on the board throughout the game, but were thwarted in the red zone by the Tarpons’ stingy defense.
Late in the game, South Lafourche had its chances as well, but they couldn’t push through the Chargers into the end zone.
The Tarpons’ best chance came in the final minutes of the game when they were inside the Landry 10-yard-line. But that drive ended in another turnover to seal the Chargers’ win.
The loss is South Lafourche’s first in the regular season under Skains.
He said it was a team effort in defeat.
“It’s not just the offense,” Skains said. “We win as a team and we lose as a team. I told the kids on defense that they don’t win the ballgame if we don’t let them score. Sure, they were in the red zone four or five times and they only got one touchdown out of it – that’s great. But that one score was the difference in the game.”
The Tarpons return to the field on Friday night when they travel to take on South Plaquemines.
Posted on Tue, September 10, 2013