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Tarpons roll over Morgan City, Trojans humbled by Tigers

Tarpons roll over Morgan City, Trojans humbled by Tigers

After four-straight close, hard-fought losses, the South Lafourche football team got that good feeling of victory again on Thursday night against Morgan City.

The Tarpons battered the Tigers, scoring early and often, dominating all three phases of the game.

The end result was a 59-0 victory – one which South Lafourche coach Brandon Nowlin hopes jumpstarts his team into the second half of the season.

The Tarpons are now 2-4 on the season, but more importantly, they’re 1-0 in district play.

“We played well,” Nowlin said. “I’m proud and happy for our kids. We were itching and hungry for a win and our kids physically dominated our opponent. I thought we did good things in all three phases of the game, and it’s a credit to our kids and our staff for the plan we put in place to attack a pretty good Morgan City football team.”

Thursday night’s game was over pretty much before it started.

South Lafourche got the ball first and on the third play of the game, the Tarpons took control, hitting a bubble screen from Jaydon Cheramie to Marquis Francis which put the team up 7-0 just more than a minute into the game.

After that, the blitz was on, and the rest of the game heavily favored Big Blue.

Morgan City was forced to punt on their first possession, and the snap sailed over the kicker’s head, which set up South Lafourche with dominant field position.

The next play, South Lafourche went up 14-0 on a short run from Douglas Guidry.

A few minutes later, things went from bad to worse for the Tigers when Austin Georges blocked a punt and Terry Hunter recovered it in the back of the end zone to put his team up 22-0 – still in the first quarter of play.

“We’d been so close to a blocked punt and we finally got one,” Nowlin said. “On special teams, we did a great job. Those guys put us in good position several times in the game.”

The Tarpons kept pushing forward throughout the first half, scoring three-more touchdowns in the second quarter to secure a 40-0 halftime lead.

The first came on another connection from Cheramie to Francis – the receiver’s second score of the game. The final two scores of the first half were both runs – one by Jake Galjour and the other by Guidry, who started the game in place of Corbin Allen, who had a sore ankle.

“We had a lot of guys touch the ball, which makes for a lot of happy faces on the sidelines,” Nowlin said. “We had a lot of guys engaged, and the kids did an excellent job.”

The second half was played under running time, but that still didn’t stop South Lafourche.

The Tarpons added three more rushing touchdowns in the half, which brought the game to its final margin.

Halfback Corey Cheramie added the first with 9:20 to go in the game.

The final two came in the final minutes – one by backup quarterback Brock Bailleaux and another by Guidry.

Nowlin said the win was much-needed for the young team. He said it was amazing to see his defense play. The Tarpons limited the Tigers to -1 total yards of offense in the game.

“We scored on special teams. Our defense set us up with some scores,” Nowlin said. “We could have left the offense at the house and still won this ballgame. That’s always a great luxury to have.

South Lafourche returns to the field next Friday against Vandebit.


Trojans humbled by Thibodaux

Central Lafourche won the first few minutes of Friday’s game with Thibodaux. The Trojans scored first and took a 7-0 lead, which excited the team’s home-standing crowd.

But the Tigers won just about everything else, rolling to a dominant victory.

Thibodaux battered Central Lafourche 56-7 on Friday night, a loss which drops the Trojans to 0-2 in district play.

Trojans coach Keith Menard didn’t mince words after the game, saying his team got beat in every phase.

“It was a good, ole-fashioned butt whoopin’,” Menard said. “I don’t know any other way to explain it. I’ve been on both ends of these types of games, and really all that you can do is tip your cap to Thibodaux and applaud them. They did a great job, and we have to get together in practice and find some answers and get back on track.”

It started good for Central Lafourche. Quarterback Jake Allemand hit David Robinson on a 19-yard touchdown pass, which put the Trojans on top 7-0 early in the game.

But then Thibodaux took over.

Using both run and pass plays, the Tigers wowed the Trojans, scoring 28-unanswered points to take a 28-7 lead at halftime.

Thibodaux gained 565 yards in the win, which pleased Tigers coach Chris Dugas.

“That was about as well as we’ve played all season,” he said. “We made plays and really did an excellent job keeping their offense out of rhythm. We said before the game, we thought we’d give up something like 28 or 30 points. But we only held them to that one touchdown. That was something that made us all happy.”

In the second half, the Trojans had chances, pushing the ball into Thibodaux territory on several occasions. But the team was never able to cross the goal line, which allowed the Tigers to further pile on.

Thibodaux scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 49-7 lead. In the final quarter, they added another, which sent the game to its final margin.

With the loss, the Trojans are now 4-2 on the season, but are 0-2 in district play.

It won’t get any easier for Central. They take on Destrehan next week – a game that will put the team against one of the top programs in the state.

“It’s another tough contest for us,” Menard said. “We have to focus on ourselves and getting better. We have to keep making strides. The kids are still united. We have to keep moving forward.”