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Tarpons roll in Homecoming win

Tarpons roll in Homecoming win

After a season’s worth of offensive struggles, South Lafourche clicked on Thursday night against Morgan City. And the hapless Tigers had no answer for the powerful fish throughout the Homecoming Game.

The Tarpons crushed Morgan City 57-12, moving down the field at ease for all four quarters in their triple option offense.

South Lafourche had several players score in the game and coach Blake Forsythe said it was a great confidence-building win, a second-straight victory for a team that’s now 2-6 on the season.

“It was great for the kids. I’m so proud of our guys for sticking with it, working hard and continuing to get better,” Forsythe said. “You know, this is a tight-knit bunch, and we’ve had our share of setbacks in the beginning of the season. But we’ve continued to fight and we’re in a situation where there’s two games to go and we still can be the playoff team we set out to be in the offseason.”

The Tarpons wasted no time putting points on the board. They got the ball first and waltzed straight down the field on a touchdown drive to go up 7-0 early in the game. A short run from quarterback Patrick Gisclair capped the drive and put the team into the end zone.

But the Tigers had life early. They took the next kickoff to the house for a score and also got a long touchdown run to score their only 12 points of the game in the first quarter.

The problem?

The Tarpons matched them blow-for-blow.

South Lafourche scored three times in the first quarter to lead 22-12 after a quarter.

The Tarpons’ offensive line dominated the game Thursday, pushing back Morgan City, allowing ball carriers to stay ahead of the chains to keep the Tarpons’ moving.

Sometimes it was Gisclair. Other times it was wingbacks Francois Terrebonne and Braxton Pitre. Fullback Derin Doucet was also a mule on inside runs, pushing forward for more than 100 yards in the game.

“We controlled the game up front and that was the difference,” Forsythe said. “Those guys have gotten so much better. They’ve made great strides for our team.”

In the second quarter, the Tarpons’ defense took over the game, stopping Morgan City’s offense and handing the ball back to the Tarpons’ offense.

The result was more points and a 37-12 halftime lead.

In the second half, South Lafourche spread the ball around to all of its playmakers.

Reece Toups scored a touchdown, and Pitre, Wes Allemand and Austin Danos all got into the end zone to help the Tarpons go up 51-12 at the end of the third quarter before adding their final score in the fourth.

With the win, the Tarpons stayed on schedule in their quest to try and make the playoffs.

The Tarpons sit just outside of the Top 32 going into Week 9, but know that wins in the final two weeks could get them in. A win in one of the two games makes it very close … too close for comfort.

“For us, the playoffs are right now,” Forsythe said. “We know we control our destiny. We just have to take care of business on the field.”


Trojans fall against East St. John

It took two months, but an opponent finally figured out a way to slow Central Lafourche senior halfback Deon Jenkins.

And the Trojans struggled mightily in all phases to make up for the lost momentum without their prized halfback running free all over the field.

East St. John beat Central Lafourche 53-19 on Saturday afternoon, a game that was moved back because of Tropical Storm Olga.

The Wildcats led 33-0 at halftime and never looked back. Jenkins had just 25 yards in the game.

Trojans coach Keith Menard said before the game on Saturday morning that he knew the team would have to make plays in the passing game to win. Those plays were few and far between thanks to the Wildcats’ dominant defense.

“They’re excellent up front,” Menard said. “They work hard and make things difficult for you. That’s the strength of their team.”

The Trojans was slow out of the gates and East St. John was not. The Wildcats roared, dominating all three phases of the game to score five, first-half touchdowns to generate the 33-0 halftime lead.

The Wildcats’ defense stymied the Trojans’ offense and East St. John’s special teams blocked a punt and thwarted a fake punt.

Offensively, the Wildcats were dynamic, making plays both with the run and the pass.

In the second half, the Trojans got going a little, scoring multiple times. But it was never enough to threaten victory, because the Wildcats, too, scored three times in the half to keep a sizable margin of victory.

With the loss, Central Lafourche is now 5-3 on the season.

The Trojans are still very much in playoff contention, but likely have to win out to host a first-round game.