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Tarpons win, Trojans fall in South Lafourche Jamboree

Tarpons win, Trojans fall in South Lafourche Jamboree

Central Lafourche’s Chance Gautreaux signals touchdown during The Trojans’ contest with Belle Chasse Friday night - the first game of the South Lafourche Jamboree. The Tarpons of South Lafourche took on Miller McCoy. For complete details

The South Lafourche football team fared well Friday night in its final dress rehearsal before the 2013 season – scoring a dominant win against Miller-McCoy.

With a little polish in a few areas, Tarpons’ coach Dennis Skains believes his team could make another strong push toward the playoffs.

South Lafourche scored early and often throughout the two-quarter affair, easily winning the game by a 35-6 margin.

But the Tarpons committed 14 penalties on the night – many of which were personal fouls. Those infractions are what Skains said he and his team will focus on before their first act – Friday’s home tilt with Landry.

“That’s definitely something we’re going to have to clean up,” Skains said following the win. “But as a coach, this is a good thing because we got a win, but I can still be mad tomorrow. We’re going to use this as a teaching moment.”

Take away the infractions and the Tarpons were pretty solid in the jamboree.

The Lions got the football first and “marched” the football 71 yards down the field for a touchdown drive to take an early 6-0 lead.

The word marched was placed into quotations because Miller-McCoy’s drive was kept alive by a litany of Tarpons’ penalties. The most costly foul was a roughing the passer flag that negated a Tarpons’ interception and allowed the Lions to keep possession of the football and eventually score.

But once in an early hole, the Tarpons fought back with a vengeance, controlling the rest of the game.

New starting quarterback Dominick Fillinich powered the football into the end zone on a two-yard scamper on the game’s next drive to give SL a 7-6 lead.

The Tarpons followed up that score with three others in the first half to take a 28-6 lead into halftime. Fillinich scored the latter of the three on a 9-yard keeper to make the game 28-6. Before his second touchdown of the game, Cullen Matherne and Jake Williams powered into the end zone. Williams’ score was one of the big plays of the night – a 50-yard reception on a screen pass.

Skains said he was pleased with how Fillinich handled the offense against the Lions.

“He was poised,” Skains said. “He was in complete control of the offense. We worry about him a little bit, because he’s a little small. But he’s strong and wiry. We know it’d take a heck of a lot to knock him out.”

In the second half, the sloppiness and penalty-fest ensued. The Tarpons’ control over the scoreboard also remained intact, as well.

Williams scored his second touchdown of the night late in the game to push the score to its final margin. His touchdown was the only one in the final half.

For the night, South Lafourche outgained Miller-McCoy 246-52.

After the opening 71-yard drive, the Lions had -19 yards for the remaining 27 minutes of action.

“We have to clean up the penalties, but a lot of it is aggressiveness – that you can live with as a coach,” Skains said. “I told the kids ’60 yards of those penalties, I can live with.’ But it’s the unforced errors – the offsides penalties and those other things that we need to fix.”

The Tarpons will open the regular season on Friday against Landry. That game will be in Galliano.


Trojans can’t find consistent mix in loss

The scoreboard looked bad Friday night as Central Lafourche walked off the field following its meeting with Belle Chasse.

But first-year Trojans coach Keith Menard doesn’t think the final tally is indicative of the full story.

Central Lafourche lost its game will Belle Chasse 27-6. But the new coach believes that there are a lot of positives the team can take as it heads toward its season-opener on Friday against Franklin.

“It’s hard to play offense when you’re just not consistent,” Menard said following the loss. “That’s really our problem right now – the consistency.”

Turnovers are what plagued the Trojans in the jamboree.

Central Lafourche lost possession of the ball three times in the 30 minutes of action – giveaways that often led to Belle Chasse points.

Belle Chasse scored its first touchdown of the night with just more than nine minutes to play in the first half of the jamboree – a drive made possible because of a muffed Trojans’ punt.

Central Lafourche answered that score with one of its own – a 42-yard drive capped by a one-yard run by halfback Thomas Wesley to make the game 7-6.

But the Trojans couldn’t sustain an offensive rhythm throughout the rest of the game and fell flat, turning over the ball two more times in the game, while surrendering three more Belle Chasse touchdowns.

Menard said he credited Belle Chasse with forcing the turnovers, but stressed that the Trojans also did a lot of positives in the defeat.

“It wasn’t all bad,” Menard said. “It was just a play here or a play there. But that goes back to that consistency. Until we get that, it’ll be a challenge.

“But this was just a 30-point pop quiz. The kids know that we’ve got 10 separate 100-point exams coming up with the first one starting next Friday. We’ll be ready to rebound and learn from this one.”