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Tarpons roll on Homecoming, Trojans fall to Destrehan

Tarpons roll on Homecoming, Trojans fall to Destrehan

The H.L. Bourgeois football team looked like it was ready to spoil South Lafourche’s homecoming on Friday night.

The Braves took the football on their opening drive, punched the Tarpons in the mouth and drove straight down the field for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.

But after that, Harvey Allen and Shakerrin Dillon drew a line in the sand and rode South Lafourche to victory.

Allen rushed for more than 200 yards and Dillon had four touchdowns, each gutting the Braves’ defense en route to a 35-14 win.

The victory is the third in a row for South Lafourche. With a 4-3 record, the Tarpons are now above .500 for the first time this season.

“I thought we did well – all things considered,” South Lafourche coach Dennis Skains said. “We didn’t have the best week of practice. I thought we were a little sluggish some days. But today, they came out and put us in a little hole early, and I think it sort of woke us up a little bit. From there, we found a way to make enough plays to win. Credit H.L. Bourgeois – they’re doing things the right way out there. Their record doesn’t show the type of team they are. They’re tough.”

For the Tarpons, Friday night’s game started pretty lean. Braves’ dynamic duo threat quarterback Todd Adkins broke free and scampered down the right side of the field 63 yards and into the end zone to put HLB ahead 7-0 with 8:13 to go in the opening quarter of play.

Adkins had more than 100 yards rushing on the night, and the opening score marked the second-straight week and the fourth time this season that an opponent scores a touchdown on their opening drive against the Tarpons.

“I can’t explain it. It drives me crazy,” Skains said with a laugh after the game.
In an early hole, South Lafourche responded and never let up. On the next drive, Allen hit Dillon for a 15-yard touchdown strike. The quarterback then took in the 2-point conversion try to make the score 8-7 South Lafourche late in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Tarpons dominated from start-to-finish, taking a 15-7 lead with 8:25 left in the second quarter when Allen broke free from the defense and barreled down the field for a 44-yard touchdown.

After forcing a punt, Allen and Dillon hooked up again on an 81-yard bomb that allowed Dillon to have a short touchdown run on the next play to make the game 21-7 after HLB blocked the extra point. It was the final points of the first half of play.

Out of the lockers, the Braves drove down the field and threatened points, but turned over the ball on downs.

With possession, South Lafourche marched again, capping its drive with a four-yard touchdown run from Dillon. After Brannon Lee’s PAT, the score was 28-7 with four minutes left in the third quarter.

On HLB’s next drive, the Braves marched again without points, driving to the Tarpons’ 7-yard-line before turning the ball over on downs after a missed fake field goal.

With possession again, the Tarpons went 92 yards on seven plays, capping a drive with a short pass from Allen to Dillon to make the game 35-7.

The Braves mopped up with a garbage-time touchdown on the next drive to bring the game to its final margin. From there, the Tarpons milked the clock and enjoyed a win.

“We’re coming along,” Skains said. “We’re continually progressing and making steps and getting better. That’s good to see. We have a lot of work to do and a lot to get better at, but I think it’s good to see some of that progression and some of those steps being made.”

South Lafourche returns to the field Friday night when they make a road trip to Destrehan. The game marks a rematch of last year’s scandal-filled contest where Destrehan had to forfeit its win and four assistant coaches were arrested for hacking into the team’s HUDL account to access private practice film.

Skains said the Wildcats are a great team – still undefeated in 2014. He said 2013’s drama is over with and he’s focused on this year’s game.

“They have great athletes and their coaching staff does a nice job getting the most of their players,” Skains said.

“We’ll need a good week of practice so we can get ready to play a great game versus a great team. But our kids want to play the best. We love those challenges.”

Trojans fall to mighty Destrehan

If South Lafourche needs game film or a scouting report on the Wildcats, all they need to do is look about 25-30 miles up the road to Central Lafourche.

The Trojans took their best crack at the No. 2-ranked team in Class 5A this past Friday night and didn’t have a pleasant result.

The Trojans fell to Destrehan 42-7 in Mathews, dropping the Trojans to 3-4 on the season.
Central Lafourche’s defense performed admirably in the loss, suffering from fatigue with the team’s inability to move the football on the Wildcats’ powerful defense.

“Listen, that’s a heck of a football team on the other side of the field – give them a lot of credit,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “I thought we played with a lot of effort, but we just couldn’t quite make enough things go our way.”

The first half of Friday night’s game was actually pretty close. The Wildcats scored first on a short pass from quarterback Marquise Darensbourg to John Williams to put the team ahead 7-0.

After a Central Lafourche punt, Darensbourg struck again on a one-yard quarterback sneak to make the game 14-0 – a score that held until halftime thanks to the Trojans’ tough and stingy defense.

But in the second half, things broke open.

The one-two punch of halfback Will Matthews and Kirk Merritt gashed the Trojans’ defense for almost 300 rushing yards, moving the chains and helping the Wildcats score 28 points in the final two quarters to push the game out of reach.

The Trojans’ lone touchdown game on a one-yard run from halfback Thomas Wesley, which made Destrehan’s lead 28-7.

The Wildcats fired back quickly with two more scores to bring the game to its final margin.

With the loss, the Trojans have now lost three-straight games and four of their past five.

Central Lafourche will travel on Friday night to play Terrebonne – another team struggling. The Tigers have lost four in a row to start district play.