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Tarpons, Trojans crushed in bleak week 3

Tarpons, Trojans crushed in bleak week 3

The look on South Lafourche head football coach Dennis Skains’ face said it all. For the second time in three games, the Tarpons’ defense was battered and bruised by its opponent, resulting in another lopsided loss for the local prep football team.

As the coach addressed reporters after the game, an obvious look of frustration and fatigue were in Skains’ body language as he struggled to find answers for why his team played so poorly in Friday night’s 56-15 defeat at the hands of Shaw – a game that dropped the Tarpons to 1-2 on the season.

The coach was straight and to the point after the game, saying that the team has no choice but to keep progressing and to get better.

“Shaw did a great job, but what’s most disappointing is that we played pretty poorly,” Skains said after the game. “We just played really, really bad. Defensively, we’re playing a system that is really simple. What we’re doing isn’t complicated. We want the kids to not have to think too much. We just were scrambling to find an answer for them and we just couldn’t do it. We have to keep working and we have to get better. It’s not going to get any easier – that’s for sure.”

For South Lafourche, the tough night started bright and early.

The Tarpons won the coin toss and deferred possession to the Eagles, who took the ball for the opening drive. With possession, Shaw drove down the field and scored on a deep bomb from quarterback Matt Keller to receiver Bryson Simmons to take a 7-0 lead – one of three touchdowns for Simmons on the night.

After a South Lafourche punt, Shaw hammered the Tarpons on the ground, capping a lengthy drive with a 35-yard touchdown run from halfback Trey Ragas to go on top 14-0 in the late first quarter.

Not wanting to go down without a fight, South Lafourche drove the ball down the field and scored one of its two touchdowns of the night on a short scamper by quarterback Harvey Allen, who also ran in the 2-point conversion to make the game 14-8.

Allen was a bright spot on the night of struggles for the Tarpons, rushing for 70-plus yards and passing for more than 200 yards.

But that was as close as South Lafourche got as the Eagles scored touchdowns on eight-straight drives to start the game to take a 42-15 halftime lead – a margin that got only got worse in the second half when the Eagles put the game away for good.

The Tarpons’ second touchdown of the game came in the second quarter when Allen hit receiver Audie Pitre on a deep touchdown pass.

With the loss, South Lafourche now heads into Bayou District play. The Tarpons will travel next weekend to play a road tilt with East St. John – a team that stole a heartbreaking win from South Lafourche last year.

Skains said his team needs to play better against a solid Wildcats squad filled with explosive playmakers like LSU commitment Xavier Lewis.

“They’re a good football team,” Skains said. “We have to get better. We’re not going to give up. We’re not going to quit. The only thing I know is to keep working – that’s it. That’s what we’ll do – keep working. When in adversity, that’s what you do to get out of it. You keep working and you keep pushing and you fight your way out of it. That’s what we’ll do.”

Trojans fall to Mandeville in final pre-district tune-up

Just like South Lafourche, it was a slow start that plagued Central Lafourche in its final non-district game, as the Trojans fell 34-7 in a home date with Mandeville.

The Skippers roared out of the gates early and grabbed control of the game in the first quarter, roaring to a 17-0 lead in their first three possessions.

Mandeville controlled the tempo of Friday night’s game throughout, dominating in the trenches on both offense and defense. The Skippers pounded Central Lafourche for nearly 300 yards rushing, while limiting the Trojans to just 41 yards rushing in the game.

“They beat us up front,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “We said all week that we needed to stop their rushing attack and we just didn’t do it. They did a nice job and deserve some credit, but we’ve got to be tougher up front and better in the trenches.”

After the shaky start left Central Lafourche in a big-time rut, the Trojans stabilized their efforts in the second quarter when halfback Thomas Wesley plunged into the end zone from one-yard out to make the game 17-7.
Mandeville threatened before halftime, but a Central Lafourche interception derailed the Skippers’ chance for points, sending the game to halftime at 17-7.

Out of the lockers, the Skippers recovered from the turnover and took control of the game for good, scoring two touchdowns and adding a late field goal to push the game to its final 34-7 margin.

The loss marked the first of the season for Central Lafourche, who started the season hot with wins over Franklin and Clark.

The Trojans will open Bayou District competition on the road with H.L. Bourgeois – a game slated for Terrebonne High School’s stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.

But those wishing to attend that game should consult with Central Lafourche High School before Friday, because the Braves have had to move some of their home games to other venues this season because of poor field conditions at Terrebonne due to the recent rain events in the Houma area.