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Trojans rally past HLB; spoil Braves’ homecoming

Trojans rally past HLB; spoil Braves’ homecoming

Central Lafourche was down 14 points at halftime on Friday night, and had to watch with impatience as H.L. Bourgeois crowned its new Homecoming Queen.

Once the action finally started back for the second half, the Trojans used their frustration productively – crowing themselves as the king of the opening night of district play.

Out of the lockers, Central Lafourche thrashed the Braves, scoring 28-straight points to secure a 28-14 win. The Trojans are now 3-1 on the season, including 1-0 in district play. It wasn’t always pretty – especially early. But Trojans coach Keith Menard said he’s happy to have a win.

“It was a good win,” Menard said. “Give the Braves credit. Those guys gave it everything they had on the other sideline and played a pretty good ballgame. I think we took control up front in the second half and wore them down a little bit, which helped us to take control and get the win.”

For H.L. Bourgeois, Friday night’s homecoming festivities looked promising early on. Braves’ tailback Ritney Coleman took the opening kickoff of the game and scampered through the Trojans’ kickoff unit 95 yards and into the end zone to give H.L. Bourgeois a 7-0 lead.

Coleman also scored on the final play of the first quarter when he caught pass from Braves’ quarterback Todd Adkins and took it 51 yards into the end zone for a touchdown, which made the score 14-0 after a successful extra point from kicker Nicholas Montana.

The second quarter was dominated by Central Lafourche.

The Trojans controlled the clock and the tempo of the quarter, possessing the football for more than 10 minutes on a massive 17-play drive.

But the Braves’ defense stiffened before halftime and kept the Trojans out of the end zone, sending the game to halftime with H.L. Bourgeois up 14-zip.

But out of the lockers, Central’s long second quarter drive proved valuable, as it noticeably wore out the Braves’ defense.

On the first drive of the third quarter, the Trojans marched 65 yards down the field, cutting the Braves’ lead to 14-7 after a one-yard touchdown run from Thomas Wesley and an extra point by kicker Logan Maronge.

In the final minutes of the third quarter, Central Lafourche stopped the Braves and marched down the field again, cutting the Braves’ lead to 14-13 on a six-yard touchdown run from Wesley. The Trojans’ 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, sending the game to the fourth quarter with the Braves ahead by a point.

In the fourth quarter, the Trojans’ dominance continued as Central Lafourche intercepted a pass at the Braves’ 13-yard-line, punching it in for a touchdown two plays later on a 4-yard run from halfback Da’Quan Gray. A successful 2-point conversion put the Trojans ahead 21-14.

The icing on the cake came with five minutes to go in the game when Gray broke free and scampered 50 yards for the game-sealing touchdown run to bring the game to its final margin.

Menard said he’s proud of how hard his team fought, despite the deficit. He said he knows the Trojans must continue to improve, especially in this coming Friday night’s game against East St. John – a game that will be played in Mathews.

“We’ll keep working and we’ll keep trying to polish up some things,” Menard said. “We know we have some really good football teams left on our schedule, so we know that we have to play our best football in the coming weeks if we hope to be successful.”


Tarpons hang for three quarters, fall flat in the fourth in tough loss

Everything was aligning itself perfectly for the South Lafourche football team to upset East St. John. The

Tarpons played a strong first half, and went into halftime with a 13-12 lead. South Lafourche stopped the Wildcats’ offense to start the third quarter and was driving down the field to seemingly take control. But a rash of penalties and mental errors stalled the drive and turned the Tarpons’ fate.

The rest of the game was all East St. John, sending South Lafourche home empty handed, despite a top-notch effort.

The Tarpons played the Wildcats firm for three quarters, sending the game to the final quarter up for grabs. But East St. John dominated in the final 12 minutes, scoring early and often on their way to a 50-19 win.

Tarpons’ coach Dennis Skains said he was proud of his team’s effort, but added they need to learn how to finish off a game against a tough foe.

“That score doesn’t show what kind of game that was,” Skains said. “That was a good football game. We were right beside them stride-for-stride until the very end when they pulled away. You ask me, ‘Am I happy we hung with them for three quarters?’ Yes, I am happy. But the game is four quarters long. So we have to find a way to keep pushing a little longer.”

The Tarpons started the game red-hot, scoring on the opening drive on a four-yard scamper from quarterback Harvey Allen to take a 6-0 lead.

The Wildcats answered that score and tied it at 6-all late in the first quarter.

East St. John added to that tally mid-way through the second quarter when halfback Nigel Anderson took it for a score to go ahead 12-6.

 But South Lafourche wouldn’t go down without a fight, putting together a scoring drive before halftime to head to the lockers up 13-12 – a drive capped with a 9-yard scramble from Allen.

The Wildcats rallied in the third quarter and scored a touchdown and a field goal to go up 22-13 on South Lafourche. But the Tarpons fought back and cut that lead to 22-19 when receiver Shak Dillon caught a deep pass from Allen for a touchdown to close the third quarter.

But the fourth quarter was all East St. John, as the Wildcats roared for four touchdowns to bury the Tarpons for good.

South Lafourche will hope to put together a full game on Friday at Terrebonne.

Skains said this week will be all about improvement for the Tarpons.

“We had three great days of practice last week, and I think it showed on the field. I think we’re continuing to get better,” Skains said. “We’re going to study Terrebonne hard, because they’re a good football team, but our biggest focus is just bettering ourselves and making sure that we continue to make progress ourselves.”