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Trojans earn key win, while Tarpons falter

Trojans earn key win, while Tarpons falter

No matter what happens the final month of the season, the Central Lafourche Trojans are guaranteed two things: they’ll have more wins this year than the last two, and they will not have a losing season.

The Trojans beat H.L. Bourgeois 31-3 on Friday night, using dominant defense and timely offense to secure their second-straight win.

In victory, the Trojans are now 5-1 on the season. They’re guaranteed to not have a losing season and with four games to go, the team appears to be headed for high-stakes regular season games and playoff competition in the final month of the season.

“We’re happy with where we stand,” Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard said. “The kids got together and decided that last year wasn’t good enough, so they’ve worked hard to try and be better. We have a lot of goals ahead of us, but we’re happy with where we are so far.”

The Trojans were flawless defensively in Friday’s win. Central Lafourche’s defense hamstrung the Braves’ offense, keeping them out of the end zone and away from scoring position for most of the game.

With the extra possessions, the Trojans’ offense pounced a solid Braves’ defense, getting a late first-half touchdown from Jansen Folse to go up 10-3 at halftime. The other score for the Trojans came on an early field goal. Folse’s touchdown grab was a reception from quarterback Jacob Barker.

In the second half, the Braves’ defense started to tire and the Trojans had an answer.

The Trojans made it 17-3 when Barker found Folse again in the third quarter — a score which provided the Trojans the separation they needed. Later in the quarter, Deon Jenkins got rolling, scoring on a 44-yard run to go up 24-3.

Jenkins has been one of the top players in the Houma-Thibodaux area this season. He carried 27 times for 183 yards in the win. Menard said the Trojans needed success in their ground game after two tough games.

Jenkins also added a fourth-quarter score to send the game to its final margin.

“We’d struggled a little bit there in the last couple weeks, so it was good to get that going again,” Menard said. “Deon has been excellent this season. He’s made the improvements and he’s gotten better. Now, he’s enjoying that success.”

With the win, the Trojans are now 5-1. They will play arguably their biggest game of the season on Friday night at Destrehan.

Menard said that game will be a challenge, but added that the Trojans’ players and coaches would rather play in big games against tough teams than in non-significant contests versus inferior competition.

“Our guys look forward to that challenge,” he said.


Tarpons walloped at Assumption

It sounds a little like a broken record. The South Lafourche football team competed hard and had good moments on defense. But those moments were all erased by turnovers, big plays and untimely penalties — the story of the team’s season so far.

Assumption beat South Lafourche 45-14, dropping the team to 1-5 on the season.

Attempts to reach coach Blake Forsythe were unsuccessful at press-time.

The Tarpons will host Morgan City on Friday night for Homecoming.

It was also Homecoming on Friday at Assumption and the Mustangs celebrated in style.

The Mustangs got the ball first and went three and out on their first drive of the game. But after a punt, South Lafourche turned the football over on their first play from scrimmage, which the Mustangs scooped and ran to the 1-yard-line to set up a score and a 6-0 lead.

After another empty offensive possession, the Mustangs struck again late in the first quarter on a run from Javis Stewart which made the game 14-0 after a successful 2-point conversion try.

The Mustangs also added three scores in the second quarter — two rushing and one passing — to take a 32-0 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Tarpons played better, though the outcome was never in question.

The Tarpons got the ball to start the third quarter, driving the length of the field on two passes from quarterback Brock Bailleaux to Eric Thibodaux — the second being a short touchdown and a 32-7 lead.

The Mustangs answered the Tarpons’ score with a bruising power run game, adding two more second-half touchdowns to go ahead 45-7 in the final reaches of the game.

The Tarpons answered with a late score of their own — another touchdown pass to Thibodaux to send the game to its final margin.