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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Tigers pound Tarpons in televised game

Tigers pound Tarpons in televised game

The South Lafourche football team had no answer for Thibodaux’s offensive athletes during last Thursday night’s district game between the parish rivals.

As a result, the Tigers scored early and often to show off before a regionally televised audience that saw the game on FOX Sports New Orleans.

Thibodaux scored 38 first half points and moved the ball at will throughout the duration of the game, scoring a 52-28 victory over the Tarpons.

The game was played amidst sloppy conditions, but it was the Tigers’ offense that rained on South Lafourche’s parade throughout this night.

“They just whipped our butts tonight,” South Lafourche coach Dennis Skains said following the loss. “It’s my fault – 100 percent. I’m the defensive coordinator. I’m the defensive coach. I didn’t put our kids in the position that they needed to be in. This one isn’t on our kids. It’s 100 percent on me.”

The Tigers’ offensive onslaught started early. The Tarpons won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.

With possession, Thibodaux drove down the field at ease, scoring a 10-yard touchdown on an outside rush by senior Jason Richard to take a 6-0 lead.

It was one of three scores for Richard on the night.

After a stop, the Tigers blocked a South Lafourche punt and took over the football at the Tarpons’ 31-yard-line.

From there, they scored again – a five-yard scamper from senior halfback Donta Johnson to go ahead 12-0.

The Tigers were without their starting kicker in the game and had to convert 2-point conversions on all of their scores.

The Tarpons cut the Thibodaux lead to 12-7 with 58 seconds to go in the first quarter on a pass from quarterback Dominick Fillinich to halfback Jake Williams.

After another Thibodaux touchdown made it 18-7, the Tarpons answered back again on a touchdown run from Cullen Matherne to make it 18-14.

But that was all for the Tarpons in the opening half. The Tigers scored three-straight touchdowns to close out the half with a commanding 38-14 lead. Thibodaux scored touchdowns on every offensive possession they had in the opening half.

“They ran it. They threw it. We just didn’t have an answer,” Skains said. “I didn’t have us ready to play tonight. But give credit to them. They have a hell of a lot of athletes, and they did a great job using them.”

The Tarpons and Tigers played to a 14-all tie in the second half, but the outcome of the game was never in question throughout the second half.

With the loss, the Tarpons dropped to 5-4 on the season. Skains refused to use the team’s situation with Destrehan as an excuse for the failure against Thibodaux, saying that’s not fair to the Tigers’ players.

“They played a hell of a game,” he said. “Let’s give them some credit.”

He added that the Tarpons have to be better this coming Friday if they hope to beat Hahnville.

“We have to improve,” Skains said. “At everything. We didn’t do too much of anything right tonight – especially on defense.”