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Tarpons, Trojans score jamboree wins

Tarpons, Trojans score jamboree wins

The old adage is that the jamboree doesn’t matter.

But when you were 2-8 last season, it just feels good to win one.

On Friday night, South Lafourche won one and it was a most dramatic victory. The Tarpons beat H.L. Bourgeois 20-14 in the TGMC Community Sports Institute High School Jamboree.

With the teams tied at 14, H.L. Bourgeois attempted a last-second Hail Mary pass when Tarpons senior Jake Pitre slid under the ball and intercepted it, then weaved through the defense 90 yards for a score.

With the clock at zero, Pitr’s pick-6 was the last piece of icing on the cake of a 20-14 Tarpons win.

“It feels amazing,” Pitre said. “We had a tough year last year. I did it for my teammates. We wanted to get this thing started off on the right foot.”

The jamboree was a back and forth affair, and the Tarpons only ever led when the clock hit zero.

The Braves got the ball first and marched down the field for a quick score and a 7-0 lead.

But the Tarpons answered back with a long touchdown drive capped on a short run by quarterback Patrick Gisclair that made the score 7-7 at halftime.

In the second half, the Braves struck again. South Lafourche fumbled and the Braves came out of the scrum with the football, waltzing it 20 yards into the end zone for a score and a 14-7 lead.

But the Tarpons again answered. With a run-heavy offense, South Lafourche lulled the Braves to sleep.

With the defense in the box, the Tarpons hit a play action pass bomb from Gisclair to Eric Thibodaux to tie the game at 14.

Coach Blake Forsythe said he was so proud to see the right in his team.

“Last year, I think that was a problem area for us,” Forsythe said. “I wanted to see us handle adversity. You can’t simulate adversity in practice. It was good to see we had something inside of our rib cage. Our kids just kept fighting.”

The Braves were driving and had their own eyes on a win. They got into Tarpons territory, but stalled. They were going to settle for a field goal on the last play of the game, but penalties pushed them back. They tried a Hail Mary, but Pitre had other plans.

It was his third interception of the game (one was called back by penalty).

“I’m tired,” Pitre said with a laugh. “I have to get in better shape. But I’m grateful we found a way to get the win.”


Trojans roll in jamboree

South Lafourche won their jamboree in the last minute, but Central Lafourche had other plans. They controlled their jamboree mostly from start to finish.

The Trojans beat South Terrebonne 30-21 at the Lafourche-Terrebonne Jamboree, using high-powered offense to keep the Gators off balance.

The Trojans fell behind 7-0 early, but then scored 30-straight points to go ahead 30-7.

The Gators got a few scores late on the Trojans’ reserves.

“I’m really proud of the kids,” Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard said. “They went out there and they executed. I thought it was a good showing. We have some work to do, but I think it was a good starting point for our football team.”

The Trojans can both run and pass.

Senior halfback Deon Jenkins was a monster in the jamboree, rushing for two scores, while consistently pushing the line forward to help his team.

When he wasn’t running, first-year quarterback Ashtrein Duncan was throwing. He hit two 50-yard touchdown passes to keep the offense moving.

Menard said the playmakers will get all of the love, but he wanted to give credit to his offensive line.

“When you can have success both running and throwing, I think it means that you’re doing a whale of a job blocking up front,” Menard said. “We were very happy with how our line blocked them today.”

In the second half, the Gators put two touchdowns on the board to trim a 30-7 deficit down to 30-21.

Menard said he pulled his defensive starters and was playing mostly with reserves. He said he wasn’t concerned about the late-game surge.

“We were working on building our depth,” Menard said. “We put in some younger guys and they made some youthful mistakes that they’ll learn from.

The Tarpons play St. Charles Catholic on Friday night to start the year while the Trojans play White Castle.

Both teams will be at home.