It wasn’t always pretty. Heck, sometimes it was downright ugly.
But the South Lafourche football team found a way to win on Friday night.
The Tarpons beat South Terrebonne 30-7 at the Swamp, improving to 6-3 on the season.
With the win, South Lafourche is guaranteed both a winning season and a berth in the Class 4A State Playoffs.
But coach Blake Forsythe said the Tarpons have plenty to work on this week in practice. The Tarpons had coverage busts and committed several penalties in the win, including one which negated a kickoff return for a touchdown.
“We did a lot of things that we’re not happy with,” Forsythe said. “The penalties – that’s just focus. That can’t keep happening. We had some confusion in our secondary and some busts and some missed assignments that should have cost us, but didn’t. We got lucky there. We have to get back on the practice field and get some things cleaned up before we face a very good East St. John on Friday night.”
The Tarpons were without several key players on Friday night, including senior halfback Corbin Allen. But Allen’s absence didn’t stop the Tarpons from moving the football on the ground.
Backup halfback Jakobe Washington got the majority of the carries in Allen’s absence and he consistently pushed forward to keep the Tarpons’ offense moving.
The Gators brought extra defenders into the box, which also brought the Tarpons’ passing game to life throughout the game.
After quarterback Brock Bailleaux hit Eric Thibodaux on a deep pass, wingback Jake Galjour plunged into the end zone from 3 yards out to put the Tarpons up 8-0 after a 2-point conversion.
South Terrebonne had chances to answer that score throughout the half, but the Gators could never find the right offensive mix, generating just a few first downs in the first half.
With the Gators struggling, the Tarpons pounced.
Bailleaux hit Thibodaux again on a 17-yard touchdown strike to put up the Tarpons 15-0 in the second quarter.
Just before halftime, the Tarpons added to that lead on an off-tackle run from Jeremy Rogers, which put South Lafourche up 22-0 – a lead which stuck until halftime.
“They were blitzing and playing us man-to-man,” Forsythe said. “It was good to see our passing game get going.”
The Gators made it a game in the second half.
The scored on a deep touchdown pass to cut the lead to 22-7, then drove deep into South Lafourche territory late in the third quarter. But Jack Blanchard threw ice on the Gators’ fire, intercepting a pass in the end zone.
A few plays later, the Tarpons slammed the door shut for good on a long touchdown run from Rogers, who also made several plays defensively in the win.
“He’s a smaller guy,” Forsythe said. “Defenses see him and maybe they relax or think he can’t do much with the ball. But he’s a player. He makes things happen.”
With the win, the Tarpons will head into Week 10 with momentum. The Tarpons will take on East St. John in the season finale. South Lafourche is going to the playoffs regardless of the outcome. The Tarpons are playing for seeding.
“We want to keep rolling,” Forsythe said. “We don’t want to be satisfied.”
TROJANS FALL AT HAHNVILLE
When watching film this past week, Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard made an observation about Hahnville halfback Pooka Williams.
“I looked at our coaches and I said, ‘We have to tackle him,’” Menard said. “Then the coach looked at me back and said, ‘Yeah, but no one has tackled him all season.’”
The Trojans didn’t either.
Williams ran wild on the Trojans on Friday night, storming out to an early lead en route to an easy 62-27 win.
Menard said the Tigers’ athleticism bothered the team throughout the game, specifically Williams, who had several touchdowns in the win.
“What can you do?” Menard said. “I told the kids after the game, ‘We got our butts whopped. Let’s just put this behind us and move on.’ That’s all we can do. They beat us pretty good. We played hard, but that’s probably the most complete team we’ve seen here all year.”
The Tigers dominated from the beginning.
Hahnville got three first quarter touchdowns to go up 21-0, using their spread offense to keep the Trojans off balance.
In the second quarter, it never got much better. Hahnville scored three more touchdowns to go up 42-0 late in the second quarter. The Trojans took some momentum into halftime with a late touchdown reception from Raquan Samuels, which closed the gap to 42-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the pace of play slowed a little. The Tigers scored to go up 49-7 late in the quarter, but then David Robinson struck, taking the kickoff back 97 yards for a touchdown to trim the lead to 49-13.
In the fourth quarter with the game out of reach, the Trojans and Tigers both scored a couple times, sending the game to its final margin.
With the loss, Central Lafourche is now in a delicate position.
They’re 3-6 and are just outside the LHSAA Top 32 for Class 5A.
They will face Thibodaux on Friday and it’s highly likely that the winner of the game will make the playoffs and the loser will have their season end.
Menard said he and his team knows what’s at stake and will be ready for a challenge.
The Trojans beat Thibodaux in the jamboree.
“It will be a great game,” Menard said. “We look forward to a good week of practice and giving it everything we’ve got on the field. We want to leave it all out on the field and hopefully earn the chance to play again.”
Posted on Sun, October 29, 2017
by The Lafourche Gazette