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Trojans, Tarpons earn big jamboree wins

Trojans, Tarpons earn big jamboree wins

Gazette Sports Reports

After going winless in district play last year, Central Lafourche is somewhat of the forgotten team in District 7-5A entering the start of the 2017 season. But on Friday night at the Thibodaux High School Jamboree, the Trojans showed that they’re definitely worth paying attention to.

The Trojans beat the home-standing Thibodaux Tigers 24-21 at the jamboree, using a second-half rally to secure the win.

Thibodaux had a chance to score a victory late in the contest, pushing inside the Trojans’ 10-yard-line. But Central Lafourche’s young defense stood tall, forcing a turnover on downs and securing a win for the youthful, but hungry Trojans.

“It’s always good when you have a younger group to get a good feeling and I think getting this one under our belts will do that for our football team,” Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard said. “It came down to the wire and Thibodaux is a good football team. But in the end, we made one last play and got the outcome we were looking for.”

The Trojans had to rally to get it.

Central Lafourche standout David Robinson scored twice in the first half – first to put Central Lafourche up 7-0 and then again to go ahead 14-7, but the rest of the first half belonged to the Tigers, who gained consistent offensive yardage – both on the ground and through the air.

Thibodaux quarterback DaMarcus Mitchell capped consecutive drives with touchdown passes to reverse Thibodaux’s seven-point deficit into a 21-14 lead – an advantage the Tigers took into halftime.

Out of the lockers, the Trojans tied the game at 21-all with a long touchdown scamper from halfback Deon Jenkins.

From there, Thibodaux had chances to add points to re-take the lead, but every time they got close, Central Lafourche’s defense stiffened and kept them out of the end zone.

The Trojans regained possession midway through the second half and went up for good, pushing deep into Thibodaux territory on a drive capped by a 32-yard field goal by Thomas Loupe – the game’s final points.

Thibodaux had another chance following the field goal, but Mitchell’s pass on fourth and goal was swatted away, turning the ball over to the Trojans who were able to ice up victory.

“It was good for our kids and it was a good, well-played jamboree,” Menard said. “But now, we have to put it in the past. We’re all 0-0 again and we have to focus our energy on the regular season. It is good to get some momentum before the games start to count.”

The Trojans open the 2017 season on Friday night against E.D. White.


Tarpons wallop White Castle

For a few plays, it looked like South Lafourche would be in for a real battle in its jamboree tilt against White Castle.

The Bulldogs won the coin toss and elected to receive the football. They proceeded to drive straight down the field for a touchdown and then 2-point conversion to go up 8-0 barely a minute into the game.

But it didn’t last.

White Castle won the first minute, but South Lafourche won the other 29 minutes – setting the stage for a dominant win. The Tarpons trounced the Bulldogs 41-14, thanks to a dominant rushing offense and an opportunistic defense which scored three takeaways in the game, including one interception which was returned for a touchdown.

South Lafourche coach Blake Forsythe has said multiple times throughout the offseason that he believes he has a team of hardworking, resilient kids.

On Friday, that showed as the team was able to overcome the slow start and grab control of the game.

After White Castle’s early score, South Lafourche got one of its own – a long drive capped by a quarterback sneak from quarterback Brock Bailleaux. After a 2-point conversion, the game was tied at 8.

The Tarpons forced a turnover on downs deep in Bulldogs territory, then struck again on a touchdown run from halfback Corbin Allen, which made the score 15-8.

White Castle didn’t go away lightly, scoring another touchdown to make the score 15-14 late in the first half. But the rest of the scrimmage belonged to South Lafourche. The Tarpons scored two more touchdowns before halftime to make the score 28-14 – including a 63-yard pick-six from DaMarcus Caine.

Out of the lockers, the Tarpons went on the offensive again, putting in two more touchdowns to cruise to an easy win.

South Lafourche will take on De La Salle on Friday night in Galliano.