Your Community Newspaper - Larose, LA

Serving Raceland, Gheens, Lockport, Valentine, Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow, Leeville, & Grand Isle

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Share This Article:

Trojans roll, while Tarpons’ struggles continue

Trojans roll, while Tarpons’ struggles continue

H.L. Bourgeois won, oh, about 20 seconds of Friday night's game with Central Lafourche. The rest was all Trojans, improving the team to 5-1 on the season. The Braves ran the opening kickoff of the game to the Trojans’ 5-yard-line, then scored on the first offensive snap to go up 6-0.But after that hiccup, the Trojans dominated, scoring 34-straight points to grab control en route to a 48-13 win. Trojans coach Keith Menard said he was proud of the way his team played after the rough start, taking care of business on Homecoming Night for the first time in several seasons. “It means a lot to the kids, all wins do, but for us, we set out every year to win all of our home games. And with this one being Homecoming, it has a little extra meaning,” Menard said. “I thought we executed well and did what we had to do to beat a district football team to keep us going in the right direction.”

Senior halfback Deon Jenkins was huge in the win, rushing for 270 yards and four touchdowns in just three quarters of play. His early touchdown gave the Trojans a 7-6 lead after the H.L. Bourgeois score and started the onslaught of offense. The Trojans also got big plays in the passing game from quarterback Ashtrein Duncan and receivers Logan Wilcox and Jansen Folse, among others, to keep the chains moving. Central Lafourche led 27-6 going to halftime, then kept control of the game in the third quarter, even while battling the weather.

The second half of Friday night’s game was delayed almost an hour by lightning as the weekend cold front swept through the area. After the delay, Jenkins struck for one more touchdown, then his night was done.

In the fourth quarter, backup tailback Aaron Delaune got into the act with a short score of his own. Both Braves’ touchdowns were scampers from halfback William Babin. With the win, the Trojans are now 5-1 on the season. Menard said his team is laser focused on the final month of the year.

The Trojans move into a murderer's row close to the season. In the next 3 weeks, the Trojans will be home just once and will face all three River Parish teams and also Terrebonne.

Menard conceded that the schedule ends with brutal challenges, but said his team embraces it. If the Trojans win the rest of their games and finish 9-1, they will have at least a share of the district title, no matter what else happens around the league.

“We told the kids, ‘Look, we control our destiny,’” Menard said. “If we take care of what we can take care of, we’re either going to win or have a piece of this thing. So we’re focused on ourselves, getting better and playing our best football here in the games down the stretch.”

Tarpons fall flat against Vandy

All year long, South Lafourche’s plan was to peak at district play. Well, district play started on Friday, yet little changed.

Like we’ve seen most of the season, the Tarpons played stout defense, but struggled to score, then ran out of steam in the second half of a physical, competitive game.

Vandebilt beat South Lafourche 18-3 on Friday at Buddy Marcello Stadium, thanks to dominant, suffocating defense.

After the game, South Lafourche coach Blake Forsythe didn’t mince words when talking about his team. “We got physically dominated up front at the line of scrimmage on the offensive side of the ball,” Forsythe said. “On the offensive line, we played really, really bad. We’re going to keep working and keep trying to get better. But right now, we’re having a really hard time up front and it’s hard to win games when you lose at the line of scrimmage.”

The Tarpons had chances, oh, did they ever.

South Lafourche forced two first-quarter Vandebilt turnovers and were in position to take an early lead. But both turnovers went for naught, as Vandebilt’s defense stiffened and kept South Lafourche off the scoreboard. One drive ended with a missed field goal for the Tarpons’ as close as the Tarpons got to points in the first half. Vandebilt got offense in the second quarter on a touchdown from quarterback Gavin Daigle to go up 6-0. Late in the half, they added two points to that tally to go up 8-0 on a muffed punt snap which turned into a safety.

In the third quarter, South Lafourche got its only points on a field goal from kicker Jesse Torres, a score setup by Jake Pitre’s second interception of the game. That made it 8-3.

But Daigle struck again after the kick, pushing into the end zone to cap a long drive to make it 15-3 and virtually out of reach.

In the fourth quarter, the Terriers added a late field goal to send the game to its final margin.