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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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Trojans storm past Tarpons

Trojans storm past Tarpons

Historically, South Lafourche has dominated its annual rivalry date with Central Lafourche, easily leading the all-time series with their cross-parish foes.

But lately, the Trojans have been fighting back with a vengeance, including on Friday night when they easily ran past their rivals.

The Trojans beat South Lafourche 41-13 on Friday night, using a powerful running game and timely, opportunistic defense to secure the win.

The Trojans are now 3-0 on the season, while the Tarpons are 0-3.

Trojans coach Keith Menard said he’s proud of the way his team played its annual foe.

“I thought we did what we had to do early to take the lead,” Menard said. “Facing a team like them, they want to have the ball and stay ahead of the clock and the chains. We got a lead and I think it took them out of what they’re comfortable doing. And we did a good job building it and continuing to push it forward with the opportunities we were given.”

Having senior halfback Deon Jenkins helps, too.

The dominant Trojans’ senior rushed for close to 300 yards and four scores in the win. For the season, Jenkins now is approaching 1,000 yards with 14 touchdowns.

The team has played just 3 games.

“It’s been amazing to see,” Menard said.

A lot of Jenkins’ damage came early. He scored three of his touchdowns in the first half, enabling the Trojans to take a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 27-0 lead at halftime.

The other score in the first half for Central Lafourche was a touchdown pass from quarterback Ashtrein Duncan to Jansen Folse in the second quarter.

The Tarpons had their chances, too, but couldn’t convert.

Unlike the first few games of the season where South Lafourche struggled to move the ball, they did push the pile forward throughout the game against the Trojans, getting into the red zone four times in the game. But only two of the four trips ended in points, which wasn’t enough to allow the Tarpons to threaten victory.

Coach Blake Forsythe said he was happy with how his offense matured in the game, but was upset with the team’s ability to put points on the board.

“We stopped ourselves,’ Forsythe said. “We’d get down there and we’d either have dumb penalties or we’d put the ball on the ground and it’d cost us points. We have to be more focused, take better care of the ball and finish drives.”

In the second half, the Tarpons did finish a drive on a short score from Francois Terrebonne to make it 27-7.

Jenkins answered with a touchdown of his own to put the Trojans up 34-7 in the fourth quarter. Deron Doucet finished South Lafourche’s scoring with a touchdown to make the score 34-13 and a pitch and catch from Duncan to Folse sent the game to its final margin.

The Trojans will take on Thibodaux on Friday, a battle of two rivals who are both undefeated so far this season.

Menard said that game will have high stakes and will be played before a huge crowd in Mathews. Friday’s game with the Tarpons was packed, too.

“Our kids will be excited,” he said. “We know Thibodaux has a good team and we’ll have to play our best to keep this thing going. But we think it will be a great challenge and we’re looking forward to seeing two really good local teams go against one another before a big crowd.”

The Tarpons will take on Lutcher in the continuation of a brutal non-district grind for the team.

South Lafourche’s three opponents this season are a combined 9-0 on the season.

“We’re getting ourselves ready for district play,” Forsythe said. “We’ve had to take some lumps, but we’re getting in position for the challenges ahead.”