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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Tarpons start strong, finish flat against Riverside

Tarpons start strong, finish flat against Riverside

Before the thriller between the Trojans and Tigers, South Lafourche took on one of the best programs in the state of Louisiana. The Tarpons didn’t win, but they did show muscle, falling 28-21 against Riverside Academy.

For South Lafourche, an inability to limit big plays defensively was the story of the day.

The Tarpons started fast. They fell behind 6-0 on a long touchdown pass, but then scored 14-straight points with a powerful running game and opportunistic passing.

The Tarpons’ Wing-T offense was efficient, routinely gashing the Rebels up front for five or six yards, if not more.

The first score came on a six-yard scamper from quarterback Brock Bailleaux. The second came on a short run from senior Cameron Georges, a score set up by a strip-sack by Terry Lee Griffin, which was recovered by Elijah Barnett deep in Rebels territory. The touchdown put the Tarpons up 14-6 late in the first half.

But the rest of the jamboree swung in Riverside’s favor. The Rebels got a late-half touchdown drive and 2-point conversion to tie the game up at 14 at halftime.

In the second half, they forced a fumble on the first play of the half, then went ahead 21-14 on a deep touchdown pass to Isaiah Bingham.

After a Tarpons punt, Riverside connected again with a 60-yard score to go up 28-14, effectively sealing South Lafourche’s fate.

The Tarpons got the ball last and drove down the field. The last play of the jamboree was a touchdown pass from Bailleaux to receiver Eric Thibodaux.

South Lafourche takes on De La Salle on Thursday night in New Orleans.