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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Tarpons roll, while Trojans’ comeback comes up short

Tarpons roll, while Trojans’ comeback comes up short

It almost felt like déjà vu. Last year, South Lafourche had Thibodaux beat, but Corbin Allen fumbled at the 1-yard-line late in the game, which sparked a 99-yard return for a touchdown and a comeback win for the Tigers.

This year, Allen again broke free and made his way toward the end zone with Thibodaux defenders hot in pursuit.

But unlike the past, this year, the Tigers didn’t catch Allen when he got near the end zone. This year, the Tarpons delivered the knockout punch to their rivals.

South Lafourche beat Thibodaux 38-28 on Friday, using efficient offense and opportunistic defense to trump their heated rivals for the first time in several seasons.

The win marked the first for first-year coach Blake Forsythe who said he’s awfully proud of his team. South Lafourche trailed 21-10 in the middle of the third quarter before rattling off 28-straight second-half points to secure the win.

“These kids don’t ever give up, man,” Forsythe said. “We got behind, but we stayed calm and kept playing our game. I think our conditioning showed through. We work hard and try and stay in great shape and at the end of the game, we were still fresh and we were playing our best football when it mattered most.”

Friday’s game was decided by turnovers, special teams and big plays from big-time players.

South Lafourche scored first after forcing a defensive stop and an errant punt, which set up field position at the Tigers’ 30-yard-line.

Jeremy Rogers punched the ball into the end zone from the red zone on a fourth down run to make the game 7-0 in the first quarter.

After that score, Thibodaux answered with two touchdowns of their own to lead 14-7 – an advantage which carried to the last play of the first half when kicker Jesse Torres sunk a short field goal to send the game to halftime with the Tigers out front 14-10.

Out of halftime, Thibodaux appeared poised to take over the game, forcing a stop, then adding another touchdown to make the lead 21-10.

But the rest of the game was all South Lafourche. The Tarpons dominated the final 18 minutes of the game, outscoring Thibodaux 28-7 to secure the comeback win.

Offensively, quarterback Brock Bailleaux hit Jake Galjour in the corner of the end zone for one of the touchdowns. The other three were on the ground, including two from Allen, who had 218 yards in the victory.

Allen said he remembered last year’s game and was hungry for a repeat performance.

“I worked hard in the offseason and I got bigger, faster and stronger,” Allen said. “Last year, they caught me and I fumbled. This year, I wanted to make sure they couldn’t take the ball away from me at all.”

While the Tarpons scored touchdowns, it was the team’s defense which stole the momentum. South Lafourche intercepted Thibodaux quarterback DeMarcus Mitchell four times on Friday – two picks from Rogers and two from DaMarcus Caine.

Rogers also laid several bone-crushing blows to Mitchell, who was obviously shaken up after the game.

“I’m so proud of our defense,” Forsythe said. “Rogers made big plays. How about DaMarcus Caine? He was all over their top receivers all game. Our defensive line got pressure. We made life difficult for them. It was a great win.”

South Lafourche will travel to take on Central Lafourche on Friday night.


Trojans fall to Carver

Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard thinks he has a good football team. Good, but young. Youthful mistakes kept the Trojans out of the winner’s circle on Friday night.

Central Lafourche lost 52-44 in a shootout that was inspired by a series of disruptive plays from the Trojans who turned over the ball five times, which helped dig the team into a 33-7 halftime rut.

The Trojans rallied late, but it wasn’t enough to secure a win.

“It’s hard to win when you turn over the ball as much as we are right now,” Menard said. “We got behind and the kids kept competing, but we just didn’t have enough to get all the way back.”

The Trojans played a miserable first half again for the second-straight week.

Central Lafourche had some successful plays, but for every step forward, the team would take two steps back.

After the teams each scored to make the game 7-7 midway through the first quarter, Carver roared to end the half, scoring four-straight times to take a 33-7 halftime lead, thanks to three Central Lafourche turnovers.

In the third quarter, it didn’t get much better. David Robinson ran a kickoff back for a touchdown to make the game 33-14, but Carver’s big play strikes continued with two more touchdowns to make the score 46-21, a lead which held until midway through the fourth quarter.

Then, crazy things started happening. The Trojans blocked a punt and Ryan Weaver took it to the house to make the score 46-29 with six minutes to play.

After a successful onside kick, quarterback Austin Barker found Thomas Loupe for a touchdown strike, which made the count 46-36 with 3:42 to go.

Carver scored one last time to make the game 52-36 with a minute left, but the quick-strike Trojans quickly answered with a 65-yard touchdown pass to Robinson to make the game 52-44 after a 2-point conversion.

Central Lafourche recovered another onside kick and had a chance to potentially tie the game, but the drive stalled with a turnover on downs.

“The kids never quit,” Menard said. “They fought. We recovered onside kicks. We hit big plays. We battled. We just dug too big a hole.”