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Trojans bow out at Slidell

Trojans bow out at Slidell

A slow start cost the Central Lafourche football team a shot in the Second Round of the Class 5A State Playoffs.

The Trojans fell to Slidell 35-21 on a cold, wet and windy night on the Northshore.

But it was a highly competitive game. The Trojans fell behind 20-0, but then cut the score to 21-14 with a second-half rally.

But Slidell made big plays late to secure the victory, ending the Trojans’ season with a 6-5 record.

“We’re proud of the kids,” Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard said. “Early in the game, I think, looking back, and being an armchair quarterback a little bit, I think we were a little too conservative. I think we thought the field conditions were worse than they actually were. I think in the second half, we opened things up and had more success and we should have maybe been that way the entire ballgame. But our kids fought. I couldn’t be prouder of the way they competed. But it’s always a sad moment when it’s the end, especially knowing you won’t get to see those seniors again.”

Friday night’s game was a mud bowl.

A cold front swept through Louisiana on Friday morning, which brought hours of rain into the area, even throughout the early stages of the game. That rain muddied the field to a slop, which made cutting difficult throughout the game. But once the front passed, the teams also had to deal with a stiff, consistent 15-20 mph north wind, which made passing the ball difficult.

But it didn’t bother Slidell early in the game.

The Tigers scored on its first two drives to take a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The first touchdown came on a run-heavy drive capped by halfback Harlan Dixon.

The second was a one-play drive on a slant pass from Jacob Guidry to Tito Simmons, which went to the house.

But the Trojans stiffened from there, holding the Tigers out of the end zone for the entire second quarter.

Central Lafourche had chances of their own, but drives stalled in the Tigers’ territory, which sent the game to halftime with the Tigers ahead 13-0.

“We had chances, but we just didn’t get points,” Menard said. “We couldn’t finish drives.”

In the third quarter, it looked like Slidell was going to put the game away for good.

With just less than 5 minutes left in the third quarter, the Tigers got insurance on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Guidry to Dixon. After a 2-point conversion, the Tigers led 21-0.

But then, Central Lafourche got going.

The Trojans scored their first touchdown late in the third quarter on a 6-yard run from Deon Jenkins to cut the score to 21-7.

A few plays later, defensive lineman Charles Steward got into the flats and picked off a pass from Guidry, taking it 58 yards to the house for a pick-six, which trimmed the Tigers’ lead to 21-14 with 11 seconds to go in the third.

But the Tigers didn’t buckle.

They took the ensuing kickoff deep into the Trojans’ territory, which set up a quick score and a 27-14 lead after a failed extra point.

But the Trojans fought back with a nearly 20-play drive, a methodical trek capped on a pass from quarterback Jacob Barker to Jansen Folse to make the score 27-21 with 7 minutes to play.

But the Trojans couldn’t get the key stop they needed late in the game to grab control.

Slidell found an unguarded Miles Brown with 4 minutes left on a long touchdown pass to go up 35-21 after a 2-point conversion.

The Trojans tried to score late, but came up empty.