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Tarpons roll to third-straight, while Trojans fall

Tarpons roll to third-straight, while Trojans fall

A month ago, South Lafourche was winless and desperately searching for offensive answers. But on Friday night, they’ll be playing for a district championship.

The Tarpons’ recent roll continued on Friday in a 30-7 win over Ellender, the team’s third-straight win of the season after an 0-6 start.

With the victory, the Tarpons are now 3-1 in district play. They will take on Assumption Friday night and, if successful, they’ll earn a piece of the district title, a feat that not many thought was possible just 28 days ago.

“We’ve come a long way, but it was expected,” South Lafourche football coach Blake Forsythe said. “We knew we were young and that we had a really difficult schedule. We knew we’d probably have some bumps along the way, but once we got to the point where we’d hit our stride and start clicking, we’d make some headway. Now, we’re going into Week 10 with a chance to accomplish one of our biggest goals, to win a district championship.”

On Friday, the Tarpons did good things in all three phases to secure the victory.

South Lafourche struck first, forcing a Patriots’ punt, then pushing the ball into the end zone on a touchdown run from Braxton Pitre to go up 7-0.

The Patriots answered South Lafourche’s score with the O’Ryan James show. James took the kickoff to midfield, then caught a 36-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7 midway through the opening quarter.

Ellender wouldn’t be heard from again on the scoreboard.

On the first Tarpons play after the Ellender score, quarterback Patrick Gisclair rode his blockers through the line, then broke free into the open field for a 74-yard touchdown run that put South Lafourche up 14-7.

The Patriots self-destructed on their next drive, stalling out, then snapping a punt past their punter and out of the back of their own end zone for a safety which put the Tarpons up 16-7.

With the next possession, Gisclair struck again, hitting Eric Thibodaux on a touchdown pass to put the Tarpons up 23-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Then the defense got rolling.

Ellender started to stop the Tarpons’ momentum in the middle phases of the game, even taking the ball into South Lafourche territory several times. But for every threat, South Lafourche had an answer, which sent the game to halftime with the same 23-7 score, an advantage which also held through the end of the third quarter.

“We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” Patriots coach David McCormick said. “Unfortunately this year, we’ve been good at that. One of the things we’re most consistent at is being inconsistent.”

In the fourth quarter, Gisclair scored on a short touchdown to send the game to its final margin on a drive set up with several runs from Derin Doucet, who was a workhorse in the win, pushing forward for more than 100 yards.

The Tarpons will now take momentum into Week 10’s battle with Assumption, a game which will be for a piece of the district title.

The game also will be huge for South Lafourche’s postseason positioning. With a win, they’re 100 percent in. A loss could knock the team out of playoff contention entirely.


Trojans struggle against Destrehan

Central Lafourche’s defense held on as long as it could on Friday night against Destrehan. But in the second half, they just couldn’t hold on any longer and the Wildcats pushed past the Trojans and sent the team to a hard-fought loss.

Destrehan beat Central Lafourche 38-15, thanks to a second-half onslaught that put the Trojans behind the scoreboard and unable to threaten victory.

Coach Keith Menard said he thought his team fought for a half, especially defensively. But in the second half, the team just couldn’t fight any longer against a Wildcats team that has elite-level athletes.

“I thought our defense played great for the first half. They did what they could,” Menard said. “We couldn’t score enough or stay on the field long enough offensively to help them out. Those guys have an Alabama commitment at running back and college players all over their offense. If you keep giving them chances, they’ll score. We gave them too many chances.”

The Trojans led early.

Destrehan scored first on a touchdown pass to Quincy Brown to go up 7-0, but then the Trojans struck back with a touchdown grab from Logan Wilcox, then a 2-point conversion to Jansen Folse to go up 8-7 at the end of the first quarter.

But the Wildcats dominated the rest of the game after tasting their own blood.

Alabama commitment Kyle Edwards gashed the Trojans’ defense, and the Wildcats rolled to a 24-8 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, it was much of the same with Edwards putting the Wildcats in position for more points. Two more scores made it 38-8 Destrehan.

“We struggled to move the football,” Menard said. “We have to execute better than that to limit their opportunities.”

Late in the game, the Trojans punched on in with a touchdown from Deon Jenkins to send the game to its final margin.

The Trojans are now 5-4 on the season. They’re comfortably in the playoffs, but a win on Friday against Terrebonne will mean valuable seeding for the team.