South Lafourche owned the second quarter of their Friday night meeting with Destrehan. But the Wildcats owned every other quarter of the game.
The end result was another comfortable win for the mean machine that is barreling toward an undefeated regular season in District 7-5A.
Destrehan took an early 21-0 lead, but then blew it – falling behind the Tarpons 22-21 before halftime. But the Wildcats gathered their wits, righted the ship and soared to a huge second half and 49-24 win.
With the loss, the Tarpons dropped to 4-4 on the season.
“It’s frustrating for us,” South Lafourche coach Dennis Skains said. “We believed as a team and a staff that we had a good plan to be able to take advantage of some things. But the name of the game against a team like this is you have to be able to move the football and eat up clock. We just couldn’t make enough plays in the second half to do that and it cost us.”
The Wildcats seemed ready to deliver a knockout punch in the early seconds of the game. Destrehan got the football first and drove down the field and scored a touchdown on a touchdown pass from Wildcats quarterback Donovan Isom to Alfred Smith to take an early 7-0 lead.
The lead quickly ballooned to 21-0 as the Wildcats got the football back and scored on a 49-yard pass from Isom to Tramaine Armstrong to take a 14-0 lead. The Wildcats quickly upped that by another score when Destrehan forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and took it into the end zone for another score.
“We’ve seen them put up big points early on other teams,” Skains said. “We knew the game wasn’t over and we had to keep playing.”
All of the Wildcats’ early points came in the first five minutes of the game. Pretty much, the entire rest of the first half was dominated by the Tarpons.
South Lafourche answered Destrehan’s flurry with one of its own, using a 12-play, 65-yard drive capped by a two-yard run by Cullen Matherne to push the score to 21-8.
The Tarpons quickly slashed the lead to 21-14 when senior linebacker Davey Cheramie recovered a bad punt snap in the end zone for a touchdown with 5:44 to go in the opening half.
Another punting gaffe set up the Tarpons to take the lead. The Wildcats’ punter caught his next snap with his knee on the turf – an infraction that gave South Lafourche the football at Destrehan’s 8-yard-line. From there, quarterback Dominick Fillinich pounded into the end zone for the score and Matherne converted the 2-point conversion to give the Tarpons a 22-21 lead with 1:21 to go in the half.
But the Wildcats scored right before the half on a touchdown run from Isom to go ahead 28-22 at halftime.
Destrehan never looked back and rolled throughout the second half, dominating the Tarpons on both offense and defense.
“That score before halftime was huge,” Skains said. “We had all of the momentum, and the only thing that could take it away at that point was a situation like that. That definitely was a big play in the game.”
With the loss, the Tarpons will now head to Thursday night’s meeting with Thibodaux – a game that will be televised on Fox Sports New Orleans. Like South Lafourche, Thibodaux is 4-4 and needs victories to make the playoffs.
“This is frustrating, but we don’t have time to feel bad because of the short week,” Skains said. “Thibodaux is a good football team. We know we will have to have a good week of practice and play a good, clean game against those guys.”
Trojans fall in home tilt with Terrebonne
Everything started well for Central Lafourche in their meeting with Terrebonne on Friday night.
The Trojans scored first on a long drive to take a 3-0 lead.
Central Lafourche also led 9-7 and went stride-for-stride with the Tigers throughout the first half of play.
But the second half proved different and the Tigers pushed past the Trojans to earn a district win.
Thanks to a 21-7 second half spurt, Terrebonne poured past the Trojans 48-24 in Central Lafourche’s one before last home game of the season.
With the loss, the Trojans have now faltered in four-straight games – a losing streak that takes the team to 3-5 on the year.
“It’s just sort of becoming a common theme for us – we’re just way too inconsistent offensively,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “We always have some good drives, but then we just can’t seem to maintain our focus or whatever. The kids play hard, but we just don’t execute for long enough periods of time to get victories in tough games like these.”
It looked pretty early for Central.
The Trojans pushed the football down to the 1-yard-line on their opening drive, but couldn’t score a touchdown and instead settled for a 21-yard field goal from Brader Dufrene.
The Tigers quickly pushed down the field for a touchdown to take a 7-3 lead. But after that score, Central Lafourche answered back with one of its own – a 26-yard strike from quarterback Chandler Richard to Casey Knight to put the Trojans ahead 9-7.
But Terrebonne’s offense was tough for the Trojans to control all game.
Tigers’ quarterback Colby Stewart rushed for 224 yards in the game and threw for two touchdowns.
Central Lafourche fought hard and pushed the game to halftime with a 27-16 margin. But it wasn’t enough and the Tigers comfortably pulled away in the second half for the win.
With the defeat, Central Lafourche must now win its final two games of the season to have a crack at the playoffs. That quest begins Friday against Hahnville.
“We’re backed into a corner a little bit now,” Menard said. “We know we have little margin for error. But the kids keep playing hard. And if they keep doing that, the results will eventually swing in our favor and things will go the way that we want them.”
Posted on Mon, October 28, 2013