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Tarpons, Trojans fall in Playoff Openers

Tarpons, Trojans fall in Playoff Openers

Both South Lafourche and Central Lafourche were in need of a Cinderella moment on Friday night.

Both were in North Louisiana, actually just a couple miles away from one another.

Both were the No. 31 seed in their respective playoff brackets.

Both were facing state powerhouses who traditionally make runs to the Superdome.

Unfortunately, both fell in lopsided defeats to end their season.

Both the Tarpons and Trojans lost on Friday, ending their 2019 football seasons.

South Lafourche lost to Neville, while Central fell to West Monroe.


Tarpons fall to powerful Tigers

Neville looked the part of a state contender on Friday night, especially early. With brute force defensively and quick-hitting, big-play offense, the Tigers grabbed control of the game early, scoring three-straight touchdowns in the early minutes of the game to go up 21-0 on the way to a 41-14 win.

South Lafourche football coach Blake Forsythe said throughout the week that his team needed a quick start to try and combat the quick-strike ability of the Tigers, but it never materialized.

Forsythe said multiple times in the back-end of the season that he was proud of his young team for continuing to push after an 0-6 start.

“The kids keep working hard, coming together and playing for each other,” Forsythe said. “That’s about all you can ask. We were young in a lot of areas, and we took some lumps. But the kids kept working and doing what they could to try and improve.”

Some of that improvement was evident in the final three quarters of the ballgame.

After the shaky start, South Lafourche settled into the game and actually played OK.

In the final three quarters, the Tarpons were outscored just 20-14 against the mighty Tigers.

South Lafourche got a second-quarter touchdown run from Braxton Pitre to send the game to halftime with a 28-7 deficit.

Neville led 41-7 going to the fourth quarter, but the Tarpons drew last blood with a late-game touchdown run from Derin Doucet to send the game to its final margin.

The loss ends the Tarpons season with a 3-8 record.


Trojans struggle at West Monroe

Just a couple miles away from where South Lafourche was playing Neville, Central Lafourche was busy trying to slay a Goliath of their own.

The Trojans lost 47-7 at West Monroe on Friday, ending the team╒s season with 5-6 record.

Like South Lafourche, Central was doomed by a slow start to the game.

West Monroe went up 14-0 in the first quarter, then 40-0 at halftime.

The Rebels are one of the most prestigious programs in the entire state of Louisiana, if not the country. They’ve been to the Superdome dozens of times, and have a stadium so big, it looks like a small college facility.

Trojans coach Keith Menard said the ending to any season is hard, but he’s proud of this team for making postseason.

“It’s always hard when you have to say goodbye to a group, because look, we’ve spent a lot of time and a lot of hours with these guys over the past several months,” Menard said. “The kids worked hard and gave us everything they had. It’s unfortunate and sad to see it come to an end this way.”

The Trojans just didn’t have an answer for West Monroe’s powerful offense. They’d go down the field in rapid fashion, easily scoring quick touchdowns, both on the ground and through the air to take early control of the game.

In the second half, the Trojans were playing for pride and got a late-game strike from quarterback Ashtrein Duncan to Logan Wilcox, a pair of seniors.

Menard said the Trojans were a mixture of youth and experience. Offensively, the Trojans lose a lot of their skill, but return some of their line.

Defensively, the Trojans were a mix of upper and underclassmen.