The beautiful thing about sports is that whether you’re a 70-year-fan or a youngster attending your first-ever game, there’s always that chance that you’ll see something you’ve never seen before that leaves you in awe.
Just ask the folks who attended Central Lafourche’s game with Carver on Friday night. They were witnesses to one of the wildest, craziest finishes in the history of the Trojans football program.
Carver led the Trojans 18-15 late in the fourth quarter and victory seemed imminent for the Rams after the Trojans turned over the ball on downs with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter. But instead of taking a knee and running out the remainder of the time in the game, the Rams opted instead to run the football.
When they did, the Trojans took advantage of the strategic mistake, stripping the football and getting possession back for their offense with less than a minute to play.
With the ball, Central Lafourche polished off their pigskin miracle, driving the length of the field for the game-winning touchdown, a short run from halfback Deon Jenkins from 4-yards out with 8 seconds on the clock. It was a touchdown which secured an improbable 22-18 win for the Trojans, who are now 2-0 on the season.
“We struggled throughout the game, especially offensively,” Central Lafourche football coach Keith Menard said after the win. “But we just kept competing and kept battling and we found a way to win. We thought they were going to take the knee there and wrap it up. But they didn’t. We got the turnover we needed, then took it down the field. It’s just a testament to the kids. They didn’t quit. They kept fighting and they found a way to get the win.”
The last-second heroics helped the Trojans overcome a tough night against a fast, athletic Rams team that was hungry for its first win.
Central Lafourche didn’t score in the first half on offense, getting their only points on defense via a safety, which sent the game to halftime with the Rams on top 6-2.
In the second half, the Trojans found a little rhythm, generating a pair of touchdowns to go up 15-6 early in the third quarter.
But Carver kept competing. The Rams got two-straight touchdowns of their own, the last coming with 2:19 in regulation on a touchdown pass to Ronnie Gray to go ahead 18-15.
That lead looked like it was going to stick after the Trojans turned over the ball on downs, handing it back to the Rams, who didn’t need to run any offense at all to secure the win.
But the coaching error caused a fumble and gave Central Lafourche extra life, which it took advantage of.
On the final drive, quarterback Jacob Barker hit several passes down the field to put the team in position for the heroics from Jenkins, who had another big game.
“I told the kids I was so proud of how hard they battled,” Menard said. “We’ve lost so many one-score games here. We’ve lost so many games that have come down to the wire. But for this group to rise to the occasion and find a way to get this one on our side, it’s just a good feeling. But we told them to stay focused and stay humble. It’s a good win, but we didn’t win the Super Bowl. We still have a ways to go.”
Tarpons struggle at Thibodaux
South Lafourche struggled mightily offensively in Week 1 against De La Salle, so much so that coach Blake Forsythe said after the game that he thought his team was scared of the Cavaliers.
After a 35-10 loss at Thibodaux in Week 2, the coach’s comments weren’t any more flattering.
The Tarpons struggled again in their second game, falling behind early and never recovering, surrendering several big plays to a Tigers team that took full advantage in the win.
Forsythe said his team is lacking leadership, especially offensively. The Tarpons haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in their first eight quarters of the season.
“Right now, we need leaders,” Forsythe said. “We can’t count to three on offense. Our quarterback, Brock Bailleaux, is trying his best and we have a couple of other guys who are trying to step up. But we are 11 individuals in our offense and in our system. Until we all move as one cohesive unit, it’s not going to work. And we just don’t have that chemistry right now.”
The Tarpons had chances.
The Tigers turned over the ball several times in the game, including one early-game mishap which gave the Tarpons the ball deep in Tigers territory.
But South Lafourche never generated enough sustained offense to make the mishaps hurt. The Tarpons got just a field goal from kicker Jesse Torres in the first half, falling behind 28-3 at halftime.
In the second half, both teams traded scores with the Tarpons touchdown coming on a muffed snap on a punt, which sailed into Thibodaux’s end zone and was recovered by Shane Billiot.
The second half of Friday’s game was delayed about 15 minutes after law enforcement authorities took the field to inform officials of a faulty fuse box on the visiting side of the stadium, which started to smoke.
The box was turned off, which took off one of the light beds on the visiting side of the field.
Both coaches agreed to resume the game, which was played without further interruption once stopped.
The Tarpons will host the Trojans on Friday night.
Posted on Mon, September 10, 2018
by The Lafourche Gazette