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Trojans win, while Tarpons struggle

Trojans win, while Tarpons struggle

It was Deon Jenkins left, right and up the middle on Friday night. And it was another Trojans victory.

Central Lafourche beat Franklin 56-16 on Friday night, improving to 2-0 on the season.

Jenkins had 18 carries for 204 yards and two scores in the win.

His power running and elusiveness amazed his coach, who said Jenkins is coming into his own.

For the season, the standout back now has 10 touchdowns.

“He’s an amazing player,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “His performances so far have been just incredible, but it’s not unexpected. The kid wants to do big things.”

Franklin actually struck first, moving down the field and scoring an early-game touchdown to go up 8-0. But that didn’t last.

The Trojans scored 22-straight points in the first quarter to storm out in front.

Jenkins had both of the first two touchdowns. Quarterback Ashtrein Duncan and Jansen Folse combined for the third on a long touchdown pass to go up 22-8.

In the second quarter, Jenkins struck again for two more touchdowns to go ahead 36-8. The Trojans also added a pick six before half to hold a 43-8 lead.

Menard said Jenkins gets a lot of the attention in the win, and rightfully so, but he’s most pleased with the work of the Trojans’ defense, a group which struggled in Week 1, but bounced back big on Friday.

“They’re getting better and better,” Menard said. “They’re making strides on that side and we’re happy to see them come together.”

In the second half, the Trojans started with a flurry when Folse took the opening kick of the third quarter 89 yards to the house to go up 49-8.

From there, Jenkins got another to make it 56-8 late in the third.

Franklin added a late-game score to send the game to its final margin.

Menard said one of the things he likes best about Jenkins’ run is his attitude. After the game, the halfback thanked his offensive line for their performance.

“He’s a humble kid,” Menard said. “He’s quiet. He’s just one of those guys that, when he speaks, the kids know to listen because he leads by example.”

Central Lafourche will now move to a rivalry battle with South Lafourche on Friday.

Menard said he knows spirits will be high on Friday night.

“It’s always good to play a rival. It means a little more to the kids,” Menard said. “I think the energy will be good and I’m confident we will be ready.”


Tarpons fall in defensive battle

South Lafourche had its chances on Friday against Thibodaux. The Tarpons forced five turnovers and ran several plays deep inside Thibodaux territory.

But ultimately, the Tarpons could never break through, falling flat in a 12-3 defeat.

South Lafourche coach Blake Forsythe said the play of his offense continues to be a problem.

For the second-straight game, the Tarpons have not generated 100 total yards.

“That has to get better,” Forsythe said. “There’s no other way around it. We’re young and we have a lot of new starters, but we have to overcome that and execute. There’s no other way to go but forward.”

The Tarpons didn’t go forward enough on Friday.

The defense was amazing. They surrendered an opening-quarter touchdown when Luke Alleman hit Darwin Davis on a gorgeous diving catch to go up 7-0.

After that, South Lafourche had a little success, converting a second quarter field goal from Jesse Torres to make the game 7-3.

The Tigers added a field goal of their own before halftime to go up 10-3 at halftime.

That score held until the final seconds of the game, though there was drama.

Thibodaux kept shooting itself in the foot, turning over the ball multiple times in the half.

But South Lafourche couldn’t convert, despite being in Thibodaux territory, having drives stalled with turnovers of their own or turnovers on downs.

Late, Thibodaux blocked a punt to send the ball to the back of the end zone for a safety, which sent the game to its final margin.