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Trojans score thrilling win in jamboree

Trojans score thrilling win in jamboree

If Friday’s jamboree is an accurate indicator of the future, then circle Nov. 2, 2018 on your calendar sports fans. Because when Central Lafourche takes on Thibodaux in the regular season, it just might be a battle for the ages.

The Trojans and Tigers locked horns in the nightcap of Friday night’s jamboree in Thibodaux and the teams put on a show, a back and forth slugfest which saw late-game lead changes, a last-second touchdown and a 28-21 victory for the Trojans.

Central Lafourche trailed 14-3 at halftime of the jamboree, then got hot in the second half, scoring 25 points in 15 minutes of action to get the comeback win.

The Trojans got the ball with less than a minute to go with the score tied at 21. Senior quarterback Jacob Barker navigated Central Lafourche down the field for the late-game score, a deep touchdown pass to receiver Jansen Folse with less than 10 seconds left to secure the win.

Trojans coach Keith Menard said the victory was a sign of resolve for his team’s momentum the Trojans can carry into the season.

“We really had problems in the first half,” Menard said. “And we knew that wasn’t who we wanted to be. In the second half, we refocused and we played a lot better. We were more physical, we executed better and we were able to make the big play at the end.”

The jamboree was filled with big plays. In the first half, Thibodaux made most of them, using their firepower to record a couple of rushing touchdowns to take a 14-3 advantage.

Quarterback Luke Alleman and halfback Ferronte Miller did a lot of the damage for the Tigers in the first half with Alleman using both his arm and legs on the edges and with Miller pushing between the tackles.

But in the second half, the Trojans battled back. Central Lafourche scored 18-straight points early in the half to take a 21-14 lead. The Trojans got a safety on a bad snap and two touchdown passes from Barker to Folse to secure the lead.

But Thibodaux didn’t falter. The Tigers struck and tied the game when Alleman hit Davonte Davis on a deep throw to tie the game 21-all with six minutes left to play.

Central Lafourche and Thibodaux both had empty possessions after the score got tied, which handed the ball to the Trojans with 53 seconds left. That’s when Barker worked his magic and secured the win for the Trojans.

Central Lafourche faces E.D. White Friday night. Thibodaux will take on Vandebilt.

Menard said the Trojans’ focus this week will be on cleaning up some of the mistakes they made, while building on their positives.