On Friday the 13th, the South Lafourche football team made sure there wasn’t any voodoo or gri-gri’s at play in their matchup with Morgan City.
The Tarpons entered the game heavily favored to beat the Tigers and they took care of business early and often on the field, scoring a dominant 48-8 win.
With the victory, South Lafourche improved to 5-2 on the season and 4-0 in District 7-4A.
Coach Blake Forsythe said he was proud of his team for taking care of business and leaving no doubt – getting enough of a lead for junior varsity players to play for a lot of the final two quarters.
“I was proud of the kids for setting the tone early, getting the lead and not letting up,” Forsythe said. “We didn’t fall for the trap game. We didn’t take anything for granted. We played well early, did what we had to do to stay in front and we got a lot of kids some work in the second half.”
The Tarpons were in attack mode throughout the game.
South Lafourche got the ball first and moved easily down the field on an 11-play touchdown drive capped on a short run by Jeremy Rogers, which put the Tarpons up 6-0.
On that run, senior halfback Corbin Allen eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season – the beginnings of a game where the standout had 139 yards and three touchdowns. Allen also had a 65-yard touchdown run negated by penalty.
Forsythe said Allen had plenty more to give on Friday, but the team saved him with the big lead.
“We left some tread on the tires,” Forsythe said. “But I looked at him and asked him, ‘Do you want to rush for 300 yards tonight or do you want to be rested and have a shot to win a district championship?’ We both agreed that staying fresh was the right way to go.”
After the early score, there was no looking back. Allen scored two-straight rushing touchdowns to put the Tarpons up 20-0 midway through the second quarter.
For the rest of the half, quarterback Brock Bailleaux took some of the spotlight – first with a touchdown run to put the Tarpons up 28-0 and then with a masterful late-half two-minute drive capped with a 10-yard pass to Allen as time expired to give the Tarpons a 35-0 halftime lead.
On the two-minute drive, Bailleaux hit several passes to junior Jake Galjour, who had the presence of mind to get out of bounds, persevering time to set up the score.
“A lot of guys pitched in and contributed,” Forsythe said.
In the second half, the Tarpons’ scoring pace slowed, but the outcome never came in question.
Neither team scored in the third quarter, but the Tarpons struck for two touchdowns in the last quarter – one from halfback Jakobe Washington to go up 41-0, then another on a 51-yard scamper from backup quarterback Austin Danos which put the Tarpons ahead 48-0.
Morgan City got their only points after a scary moment.
Halfback Hayden Barron was slung to the ground after a run, landing awkwardly on his neck and shoulder area.
Barron stayed idle on the turf for approximately 25 minutes while trainers waited for an ambulance, which took him to Teche Regional Medical Center.
Forsythe said Barron was moving both his arms and legs and was answering questions from trainers while waiting for an ambulance. Shortly after the game, Morgan City’s trainers alerted media that all X-rays were negative and Barron was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms.
“Hopefully he can get back on the field this season,” Forsythe said of the injured opponent.
Right after the score, the Tigers hit a long pass, which set up their only points of the game in the final minutes.
With the win, the Tarpons now push toward a huge home game with E.D. White on Friday night. Both teams are undefeated in district and with a win, South Lafourche can seal at least a piece of the district title.
Trojans fall in heartbreaker
Central Lafourche nearly shocked the world on Friday night, but in the end, the mighty Destrehan Wildcats lived to see victory in a four-quarter battle.
The Trojans led Destrehan 14-0 early in Friday night’s game, but they couldn’t hold on. Destrehan went on a 28-7 run after the deficit to secure a 28-21 road victory.
The loss drops Central Lafourche to 3-4 on the season.
Coach Keith Menard said he’s proud of the team’s effort, but he really wishes the team could have closed the deal and sealed a win.
“I thought the kids played their tails off,” Menard said. “We made plays offensively and defensively, I thought we battled. But we had a few mistakes mixed in there, too. And I think when you face a team like Destrehan, it’s hard to get by with some of those things and it ended up costing us.”
Mathews looked like it was upset-city for a while on Friday.
The Trojans controlled a lot of the early stages of the game. The first points came on a 13-play drive capped by a run by Deon Jenkins which put Central up 7-0.
After a stop, that lead ballooned to 14-0 when Jacob Barker hit David Robinson on a masterful 80-yard touchdown strike, which put the Trojans up two scores.
But then, a couple quirky things happened.
The Wildcats took the ensuing kickoff to the house, which cut the lead to 14-7 in the blink of an eye.
On the very next possession, the Wildcats found lightning in a bottle again on a pick-six, which sent the game to halftime with the score tied at 14.
“They got back in the game without an offensive touchdown,” Menard said. “We can’t let that happen.”
In the second half, the Trojans hiccupped again, fumbling the football, which set up a C.B. Anderson touchdown reception which put the Wildcats up 21-14.
Then Robinson struck again, returning the kickoff back for a touchdown, which tied the game at 21.
The Wildcats got the kill shot late in the third quarter on a short run from quarterback J.R. Blood, which put them up 28-21.
Neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
With the loss, the Trojans are now 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in league play.
They’ll take on Terrebonne on Friday night.
Posted on Tue, October 17, 2017
by Casey Gisclair, Gazette Sports Writer