For a half, South Lafourche got pushed around by the Ellender Memorial football team.
But in the second half, the Tarpons started pushing back and the result was a comeback victory for South Lafourche to start district play.
The Tarpons beat the Patriots 28-25 on a homecoming Friday night in Galliano thanks to 14-straight third-quarter points which gave the Tarpons a lead they’d never relinquish.
Halfback Corbin Allen was huge in the win, rushing for 187 yards with four touchdowns. But the Tarpons’ defense was also stellar late, forcing multiple turnovers and keeping the Patriots off the scoreboard for the entire fourth quarter of the win.
“I think it was a matter of pride,” South Lafourche coach Blake Forsythe said. “In the first half, they were more physical than we were. We didn’t have the pride we needed. We challenged our kids at halftime and I think they responded and played with more intensity and energy.”
For a while, it looked like the Patriots would spoil homecoming night.
South Lafourche scored first after an Ellender turnover – a 12-yard scamper from Allen which put the Tarpons up in the early minutes of the game.
But Ellender owned almost all of the remainder of the first half.
The Patriots scored 17-straight points after the Tarpons’ early touchdown to take a 17-7 lead with 3:31 to go before halftime – the last score coming from halfback Jahon Johnson on a long run.
The lead held until just before halftime with South Lafourche deep in their own territory.
On a third down and 10 play with South Lafourche at their own 29-yard-line, Forsythe called a draw play to Allen and the halfback delivered.
He broke a few tackles, got into the secondary and outran the defense, going 71 yards for a touchdown to cut Ellender’s lead to 17-14 at halftime.
“I think that was a big play in the game,” Ellender coach David McCormick said. “It gave them back all the momentum when we’d worked the whole first half to take it back. In one play, it was all gone.”
Out of halftime, South Lafourche added to its momentum with another long touchdown run from Allen, which came on a fourth down play.
After a Jake Galjour interception, the Tarpons scored again to go up 28-17 midway through the third quarter.
Ellender didn’t quit, hitting a 71-yard touchdown run from Reginald Williams to cut the lead to 28-25 with four minutes left in the third quarter.
But South Lafourche held on.
With long, time-consuming drives and a motivated defense, South Lafourche held Ellender for the entire fourth quarter to secure the win.
The last straw was a late-game first down run from Jeremy Rogers, which allowed the Tarpons to get into the victory formation and seal the win.
With the victory, South Lafourche improved to 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in district play.
Forsythe said it was a great way to celebrate homecoming – his first as coach of the team.
“I’m awfully proud of our team,” he said. “We had some adversity in the game, but we kept fighting. This was a very nice win.”
The Tarpons travel to take on Vandebilt Catholic on Friday night.
TROJANS FALL TO EAST ST. JOHN
If Central Lafourche football coach Keith Menard could figure out how to stop his team’s problem with slow starts, he’d bottle it up and sell it.
“I’d be a millionaire,” Menard said with a laugh.
But as it stands, the remedy is still not known and the Trojans still struggle to compete early in games.
Central Lafourche lost 35-13 at East St. John on Friday night – a defeat that felt like déjà vu, according to the Trojans’ coach.
The defeat dropped the Trojans to 1-3 on the season.
“I keep getting asked why we start off slow and I don’t have an answer right now – I wish I did,” Menard said. “As coaches, we have to keep coaching. We have to keep trying to get better and just hope that it all will level out and go our way soon.”
The slow start put Central Lafourche in a hole too big to dig out of.
No one scored in the first quarter of Friday night’s game, but the Wildcats dominated the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns and getting a safety to take a 16-0 lead into halftime.
The Trojans had multiple turnovers in the half, in addition to the safety, which set up the Wildcats’ points.
“We just didn’t protect the football,” Menard said. “It’s hard to beat tough teams when you lose the turnover battler.”
In the second half, the tone of the game stayed the same, as the Wildcats forced turnovers, which led to points and a 29-0 lead at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Central Lafourche scored twice, but never threatened victory. The Wildcats added a touchdown of their own, which sent the game to its final margin.
The Trojans will take on Ellender on Friday night in Bourg.
Menard said he needs a full four-quarter effort from his team in that game.
“We have to play better,” Menard said. “We peeked at Ellender a little bit on film, but mostly, our goals are fixing us right now. We have to get better. We have to play better.”
Posted on Mon, September 25, 2017
by The Lafourche Gazette