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Trojans soar to Week 1 win; Tarpons fall to state power

Trojans soar to Week 1 win; Tarpons fall to state power

There were question marks about the Central Lafourche offense coming into 2019 with a first-year quarterback and a senior slot receiver out for the season with a serious injury.

But, so far, so good.

The Trojans opened the season on an offensive roll.

Central Lafourche trumped White Castle 56-36 on Friday night, a wild and crazy game that featured tons of big plays, points, penalties and, unfortunately, cramping injuries because of the oppressive heat.

Trojans coach Keith Menard said he was happy with the win, but knows the team must get much better in the coming weeks before district play.

“We have a lot to work on. We weren’t as sharp as we wanted to be in a lot of areas,” Menard said. “But we won, and that’s the goal every time, to go 1-0 every week one at a time.”

Having senior halfback Deon Jenkins helps. Jenkins rushed for 230 yards and five scores in the win, mauling the White Castle defense without relent.

Jenkins scored first to put the Trojans up early. After a stop, it was new quarterback Ashtrien Duncan’s turn. He scored on a run to put the Trojans up 15-0.

But then the game got a little messy.

The Trojans kept scoring without relent, mostly on sustained drives capped by Jenkins touchdown runs.

That wasn’t the problem.

What plagued Central Lafourche was big plays allowed defensively, which allowed the Bulldogs to be down just 34-22 at halftime.

“They beat us on a couple jump balls,” Menard said. “We can’t have that. They have some playmakers, but we have to be better than that.”

In the second half, the Trojans fixed some of their defensive miscues, forcing more stops and handing the football back to their offense, which kept chugging along. Duncan made plays with his arm and legs, spreading the ball around the team’s deep receiving corps.

When the Trojans needed to pound, it was Jenkins’ turn. He carried more than 30 times in the win.

Menard said the Trojans saved Jenkins in the fall scrimmage and also the jamboree, opting instead to use other players.

Menard said he didn’t want to wear the halfback down before the season. Friday night, they let the beast loose and he carried the Trojans to a 1-0 start to the year.

“He gets better as the game goes on,” Menard said. “We were a little bit concerned with the workload and if we had had him in good enough shape to give him that many carries. But, he wore them down. They didn’t want to tackle him anymore. He was a huge factor in the game.”

The Trojans take on Franklin Friday night at home. Franklin lost 32-12 to Kaplan on Friday night.


Tarpons struggle to get going versus state power St. Charles Catholic

Most times, if ya can’t block ‘em, ya can’t beat ‘em.

That was exactly the case for South Lafourche on Friday night against St. Charles Catholic.

The Comets beat the Tarpons 31-3, riding a powerful defensive front that stuffed and smothered the Tarpons’ triple option offense.

South Lafourche coach Blake Forsythe said he was disappointed in his team’s execution in the opener, but quickly added that the Comets are one of the best teams the Tarpons will see all season, if not the best.

“Their front seven is as good as I’ve seen in a long time,” Forsythe said. “And that’s a disciplined, well-coached football team. For us, our offense aims to challenge defenses to stay disciplined, but against an opponent like them that’s so well coached and that preaches being disciplined, it was just sort of a bad recipe for us.”

St. Charles controlled from the opening snap. They got the ball first and methodically marched down the field on a long scoring drive capped by a quarterback sneak from Justin Dumas to go up 7-0.

After that score, the Tarpons’ defense actually settled into the game some, pushing the Comets back and stopping them on several occasions. But South Lafourche just couldn’t sustain any offense to compliment the defense, falling behind 17-0 at halftime.

“Our defense played really well,” Forsythe said. “There was a lot to like there. I think we just couldn’t stay on the field long enough on offense to keep them as fresh as we would have liked.”

In the second half, the Comets put the game away when Kamren Campbell intercepted a pass from Austin Danos and took it into the end zone for a score to go ahead 24-0 in the third quarter.

The Comets added another insurance score later in the quarter to make the game 31-0.

In the fourth quarter, South Lafourche pushed forward and got into Comets’ territory before stalling out.

Junior kicker Jesse Torres showed off his leg, first drilling a 43-yard field goal, then also a 38-yard field goal after the 43-yarder was negated by a pre-snap penalty on the defense.

That kick brought the score to its final margin.

The Tarpons host Thibodaux on Friday night in an annual rivalry tilt. The Tigers beat Riverside Academy on Friday night.