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Tarpons, Trojans win big on opening night

Tarpons, Trojans win big on opening night

Bonnabel just doesn’t have any luck against South Lafourche when it comes to football.
In a game that was sentimental to historians of the local program – a rematch of the 1977 State Championship game, the Bruins dominated early and soared to an early 20-0 lead over the Tarpons on Friday night.

But in almost a total repeat of that classic game from the past, the Tarpons fought back from the early hole and trailed just 33-30 with a few minutes to play.

Also similar was the finish, which saw the Tarpons score a dramatic touchdown in the final minute for another win over the snake-bitten Bruins.

Friday’s game between the Tarpons and Bruins was a thriller and an early nominee for the game of the year in local prep football. It was a back and forth thriller that had fans on the edges of their seats throughout the second half. But it was drama that ended on a sweet note for the Tarpons after Jaydon Cheramie’s touchdown with a minute to play secured a 37-33 victory for South Lafourche, who improves to 1-0 on the young season with the comeback win.

“What a game,” South Lafourche coach Dennis Skains said. “It was a little more exciting than we wanted it to be. We made a ton of mistakes, and we have to get a lot better to be the team that we want to be. But I think it says a lot about our team that we were able to keep our composure and come back after digging ourselves into an early hole.”

It wasn’t pretty early for the Tarpons.

South Lafourche turned over the ball four times in the first half, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble. The Tarpons also had a series end on downs and were flagged for several untimely penalties that both halted drives and stopped momentum.

Bonnabel took advantage of the mishaps and went up 20-0 early – a virtual repeat of the Tarpons’ 28-0 loss in the jamboree.

But then the tides turned. In the middle of the second quarter, South Lafourche found its stride. The Tarpons found the end zone on a run by Corbin Allen with one second left in the first half to cut the lead to 20-8.

In the second half, Bonnabel stayed in control early, using two, one-play scoring drives to lead 33-14 late in the third quarter.
But from there, the Tarpons dominated the rest of game. South Lafourche had four drives in the final 14 minutes, gutting the Bruins on the ground to score the three touchdowns to come back and win the game.

Skains said his offensive line took control of the game late to secure the turnaround win. He said that unit is in great shape, and can batter several foes this season. The Tarpons handed the ball to Allen and Daniel Griffin early and often in that late-game surge to pummel the Bonnabel front seven.

The coach said he was especially proud of Cheramie, who overcame his turnover-filled start to get the game-winning touchdown on a long scramble.

“He’s coming along,” Skains said. “He had a rough start to the game, but he made some really big plays for us. He has good composure. He doesn’t get to up or too down. He stayed calm for us and battled back when we needed him.”

The Tarpons will host Carver Friday at 7 p.m. in Galliano.
Trojans move to 1-0 with win over Patterson

It’s still early in the season, yes. But Anfernee Poindexter and the Central Lafourche defense sure look like they are becoming a dominant force.

Just seven days after intercepting a pass and running it back for a touchdown in the Trojans jamboree win over Brusly, Poindexter struck again on Friday night against Patterson.

Patterson scored a touchdown with just more than 5 minutes to play in Friday night’s game to push ahead 13-12. But at a time when the Trojans could have easily crumbled, they answered back with a bang.

Poindexter took the ensuing kickoff and knifed through the defense 81 yards for a touchdown to take back control of the game. After a defensive stop, the Trojans scored again and earned a 24-13 win over the Lumberjacks, who entered the game as the No. 5 team in Class 3A.

“Anfernee isn’t a hidden gem anymore – the opponents know that he’s out there now,” Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard said. “He made a game-changing play in the jamboree and he struck again. What a kid, too. He’s humble. He gives all of the credit to the team and to his teammates. He’s special, and we’re happy to have him.”

The Trojans defense isn’t shabby, either.

Facing a powerful spread offense, the Trojans’ defense dominated the game. The Trojans led 12-7 deep into the game, using a total-team effort to bother the Patterson offense.

The Lumberjacks took the lead with five minutes to go, but it lasted just one play before Poindexter’s return.
Poindexter scored again with a few minutes left to push the game to its final margin.

“I can’t talk about any names on our defense,” Menard said. “I’d have to list all of them. We’re giving a total team effort right now. Those kids are doing a great job, and they’re leading the way for us.”

The Trojans will stay home in week 2 and host Vandebilt Catholic.