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Trojans fall after holding big lead

Trojans fall after holding big lead

The undefeated season is over for Central Lafourche.

The Trojans fell to H.L. Bourgeois 42-35 on Friday night – the team’s first setback of the season after opening with four-straight wins.

Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard said the loss stings – especially considering that the Trojans led 21-0 after the first quarter and 35-14 in the third quarter.

But he added that the challenge for the team is to keep getting better in the coming weeks – especially considering how tough the team’s schedule is in the second half of the season.

“It hurts because we felt like we could have done some things to put the ballgame away,” Menard said. “But give credit to H.L. Bourgeois. They made some plays late in the game and did some things to shift everything to their favor. We’ve got to keep getting better. We’ve got to keep working as players and as coaches. This week, we will evaluate a lot of things. We have to make sure we’re putting the right players in the right positions to succeed.”

It looked for a while like the Trojans would beat the Braves easily.

Central Lafourche’s defense stifled H.L. Bourgeois early on, forcing turnovers on three-straight drives to take control of the game.

With the extra possessions, the Trojans thrived, using three-straight touchdowns to take a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The first touchdown was a 7-yard strike from quarterback Jake Allemand to slot receiver Gage Bourg, which made the score 8-0 after a successful 2-point conversion. The Trojans also got touchdowns from Nelton Allen (4-yard run) and David Robinson (36-yard pass) in the quarter.

But then the Braves battled back.

Using a run-heavy set, H.L. Bourgeois scored twice to open the second quarter – both on touchdown runs from halfback Ricky Vaughn. Those scores cut the lead to 21-14.

But the Trojans answered that initial Braves wave with one of their own – scoring both at the end of the first half and then at the beginning of the third quarter to go on top 35-14. Allen hit Kenneth Poindexter on the score before halftime. Allen pushed forward from a yard out in the third quarter to give the team its 21-point lead.

But that was all for the Trojans.

H.L. Bourgeois dominated the rest of the game, using Vaughn and quarterback Jude Lecompte to take control of the game.

The Braves scored twice before the end of the third quarter, which cut the Trojans lead to 35-28.

In the fourth, the momentum never changed.

The Braves forced a turnover with 3:49 to play, and quickly turned it into gold on a 66-yard run from LeCompte, which tied the game.

The Braves then forced the Trojans to go three and out, but Menard rolled the dice, attempting a fake punt on fourth down and 10 yards to go from his own 35-yard-line.

The try failed, and the Braves took over the ball. A couple plays later, they drove straight down the field and won the game on a 1-yard run by Vaughn with 19 seconds to play.

Menard said the fake punt call was his. He added that the setbacks the team faced in the final half were uncharacteristic of the team’s season.

The Trojans will take on Thibodaux next week in Mathews.

“We’ll have a good week of practice,” Menard said. “We can’t go 10-0 anymore, but we still can get to all of our other goals. We’re still upbeat and united, and we’re ready to get back onto the field.”


South Lafourche didn’t play its best on Friday against Plaquemine.

The end result was the team’s fourth-straight loss of the season.

The Tarpons shot themselves in the foot repeatedly on Friday – either with penalties, bad snaps, special teams gaffs or turnovers.

The end result was a 29-13 loss against the Green Devils – one which was disappointing to coach Brandon Nowlin, because he felt it was a game the team had in its grasp.

“I liked how we’ve played, and I thought we’ve gotten better here in the last couple of weeks,” Nowlin said. “But tonight, we’re disappointed. Tonight, that was one of our poorest performances we’ve had here – if not the worst. That’s on me. That’s on our coaches. We’ve got to fix some of those errors and get our players playing their best ball here with district now here.”

The Tarpons actually led the game early, but just couldn’t ever build on their momentum.

Plaquemine scored first on a short field goal, which put them up 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.

After that kick, the Tarpons drove straight down the field and scored – a long drive capped by a 1-yard yard score by Corbin Allen on fourth down to make it 7-3.

The rest of the first half swung toward Plaquemine. The Green Devils went 66 yards on 11 plays for a touchdown after the Tarpons score – a drive capped by a short run by Kevin Dominique in which he fumbled the ball near the goal line, but it was recovered into the end zone. With it, they led 10-7.

After that score, the Green Devils went up 17-7 after Trey Williams stepped in front of quarterback Jaydon Cheramie’s pass and took it into the end zone.

After the pick, South Lafourche drove down the field and scored – a 6-yard from Cheramie to make the game 17-13.

But right before half, Plaquemine scored on a 78-yard halfback pass from Khamoran Riley to Percy Butler to send the game into halftime with the Green Devils on top 23-13.

“That’s just been the story of the season,” Nowlin said. “We can’t sustain our momentum – in all phases of the game. When we get it, we have a hard time building on it. We had an interception for a touchdown tonight and two, one-play touchdown drives. Throw that into the fire with a bunch of penalties and it’s hard to win a ballgame.”

In the second half, the defenses stiffened, but Plaquemine put the game on ice when Dominique broke the line of scrimmage and took the ball 80-yards to the house to bring the game to its final margin.

The Tarpons open district play Thursday night at Morgan City.

NOTE: That game was scheduled for Friday, but has been moved up 24 hours to accommodate the Tigers’ fall break.