After four-straight home games to start the 2019 season, Central Lafourche hopped on the yellow bus and hit the road on Friday against Ellender.
The change of routine showed early. But eventually, the Trojans settled in and got rolling, easily pushing past their overmatched foe.
Central Lafourche beat Ellender 55-27 on Friday, using balanced offense, both run and pass, to secure the win.
Coach Keith Menard said he wasn’t pleased with how his team started the game, falling behind early. But he was pleased with their finish and the win.
“I thought there was a hangover there,” Menard said, referencing last week’s hard-fought loss against Thibodaux, which wasn’t decided until the last seconds. “I thought the kids had a hard time getting up emotionally and the change of routine and all of those things were factors. I didn’t like that. But I thought we did what we needed to do, and I was pleased with the outcome.”
Central Lafourche didn’t look like a state power early. Ellender scored first on a touchdown pass from quarterback Patrick Perna to receiver O’Ryan James to go up 7-0.
The Patriots also led 14-12 in the second quarter when Tyshaun Hester took a kickoff to the house.
“We have to get our kickoff coverage team fixed,” Menard said. “We’ve had issues now for two weeks. That’s on us. We’ve got to get that fixed.”
But the Trojans settled down after the return and dominated the rest of the game, scoring 29-straight points in the second quarter before halftime to storm out to a 41-14 lead.
The offense was more balanced on Friday than it’s been in the past few weeks with the Trojans hitting several long passes down the field in addition to the running game.
Quarterback Ashtrein Duncan hit Jansen Folse for several scores in the onslaught, tossing for well more than 200 yards in the win.
Jenkins also got into the act, rushing for more than 100 yards and also taking a long screen pass to the house.
“They put everyone in the box. They wanted to take Deon away,” Menard said. “So we had to open some things up. We had to take some shots down the field and make plays and we did. We can do that. It all depends on what the defense gives us.”
In the second half, the Trojans played a lot of reserves and stayed in complete control.
Aaron Delaune scored on a touchdown to put the Trojans up 48-14 in the third quarter.
After Hester scored again to make it 48-21, Folse stopped the Trojans’ scoring by taking a kickoff back for a score to make it 55-21.
The Patriots scored late to send the game to its final margin.
With the win, Central Lafourche is now 4-1 on the season and will host H.L. Bourgeois Friday night.
Tarpons lose steam at Belle Chasse
South Lafourche was in good position on Friday night. The Tarpons went to halftime tied at 6 and were getting the ball to start the second half. But that first possession turned into a turnover, which turned into the spark Belle Chasse needed to win the second half and keep the Tarpons winless on the season.
Belle Chasse beat South Lafourche 21-6 on Friday, using the wizardry of quarterback Jordan Mariana, who made plays with both his arm and legs through the game.
South Lafourche coach Blake Forsythe said the Tarpons just ran out of steam.
“We wore down a little bit, I thought,” he said. “We were using a lot of guys both ways and I think it caught up to us a little bit there. The kids fought and competed but we just made too many little mistakes and they all added up at the end of the game and worked against us.”
Early, the Tarpons looked strong, stuffing Belle Chasse’s offensive attack.
South Lafourche scored first on a touchdown run from Hunter Condley to go up 6-0.
Belle Chasse answered that score before half to tie the game at 6.
Both teams missed extra points.
The second half was all Cardinals. The Tarpons couldn’t move the ball at all and Belle Chasse possessed the ball almost the entire 24 minutes of the half, punching in two scores to send the game to its final margin.
South Lafourche is now 0-5 on the season, but begins district play on Friday night against Vandebilt.
Forsythe said the kids are focused and ready.
“We’re 0-0 again,” Forsythe said. “We’re eager to just keep on working.”
Posted on Tue, October 8, 2019
by Gazette Sports Report