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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Trojans roll to victory over rival Tarpons

Trojans roll to victory over rival Tarpons

For a half, Central Lafourche standout playmaker David Robinson was quiet and the South Lafourche Tarpons were winning on the scoreboard. But in the third quarter all that changed and the Trojans topped their rivals for the second-straight year.

Trailing 18-15 at halftime, Robinson and the Trojans exploded in the third quarter, scoring 14-straight points to flip the game and the scoreboard for good in a 36-24 victory over the Tarpons.

Robinson had a long touchdown run in the third-quarter surge, which gave his team the lead. A few plays later, he blocked a South Lafourche punt, picked it up and then scampered into the end zone to flip momentum for good.

Robinson, a senior and Nicholls commitment, said the win was special because of what it meant to the team.

Prior to this game, Central Lafourche had lost eight-straight regular season games dating back to last season.

Their last victory also came against South Lafourche – midway through the 2016 season.

“I don’t know how many people actually noticed that we had lost eight straight, but I did,” Robinson said. “And I know that win meant a lot to us for this season and making a statement moving on throughout the season. This win being the last team we’d beaten and against our rival made it that much better.”

Early on, it looked like South Lafourche was going to run away with the game.

The Tarpons got the ball and scored first – an easy one-minute drive capped on a long run from senior halfback Corbin Allen, who rushed for more than 200 yards in the game.

After a muffed snap on the extra point, Jelby Cheramie calmly picked up the football and flipped it to Eric Thibodaux for a 2-point score, which put the Tarpons up 8-0.

After a change in possession, South Lafourche added to their lead, going up 11-0 after a 27-yard field goal from freshman kicker Jesse Torres.

But the Trojans were the aggressors for pretty much the rest of the game. Central Lafourche drove down the field on a long drive capped by a one-yard score from Deon Jenkins. After a 2-point conversion pass to Robinson, the Tarpons’ lead was cut to 11-8.

After the Trojans got on the board, the teams’ swapped short touchdown runs before halftime – the first from South Lafourche halfback Jeremy Rogers to make the score 18-8 and the second a one-yard scamper from Robinson which sent the game to halftime with the Tarpons up 18-15.

Then Robinson took over.

After the long run and blocked punt score, the Trojans led 29-18 late in the third quarter, which put South Lafourche in catch up mode for the rest of the game.

The Tarpons didn’t quit, scoring on another long run from Allen early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 29-24.

But the Tarpons’ defense couldn’t get the key stop they needed to flip the game back in their favor.

After Allen’s run, the Trojans took the game right back on a three-play touchdown drive capped by a long run from Jenkins.

The sophomore halfback had 158 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

South Lafourche had chances late, but never got closer, stalling two-straight drives inside of Trojans territory to seal Central Lafourche’s win.

“I think it was a great effort by our football team,” Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard said. “We made plays offensively. We got off the field when we needed to defensively and I think we flipped the momentum of the game on special teams. It was a great win for our kids.”

Robinson agreed and said he thinks the win can spark the Trojans season and get the team rolling.

The Trojans open District 7-5A play next Friday at East St. John.

The Tarpons, too, begin district – at home against Ellender.

Both teams are now 1-2 on the season.

“We fell short the first two weeks, but we just have to keep our heads on, work hard and keep playing every snap,” Robinson said. “We did that and we gave a complete effort and we achieved our goals.”