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Williams powers SL to third-straight win; Trojans fall to undefeated Destrehan

Williams powers SL to third-straight win; Trojans fall to undefeated Destrehan

Jake Williams runs for nearly 250 yards and 5 touchdowns. Photo by Nikki Pitre.

It was the Jake Williams show in the first half of Friday night’s game between South Lafourche and H.L. Bourgeois.

The Tarpons’ senior halfback bruised the Braves and rushed for 242 yards and five touchdowns (all in the first half) to power South Lafourche to a 47-6 halftime lead.

From there, the Tarpons’ reserves held onto the lead in a dominant 61-22 victory.

The win pushes the Tarpons above .500 for the first time in 2013 – a 4-3 record. The team is also 3-1 in Bayou District play.

“This was a good opportunity for us to bounce back from some adversity and really do some good things to get a key win,” Tarpons coach Dennis Skains said. “Give credit to H.L. Bourgeois – their new coach (Daron Franklin) is doing a good job. They really gave us fits at times with their offensive playmaking ability. But we battled, pushed through some calls that didn’t go our way and put the game away early to get the win.”

The Tarpons’ offensive starters were unstoppable against the Braves.

South Lafourche scored a touchdown in every one of its seven first-half possessions en route to the big lead.

Williams got it all started with 5:58 to go in the first quarter when he gave South Lafourche a 7-0 lead on a three-yard scoring run – a play that capped a 57-yard drive.

 After forcing a stop, the lead expanded to 13-0 when quarterback Dominick Fillinich hit Cullen Matherne on a 24-yard touchdown strike.

Williams took over the remainder of the first half, earning touchdown runs of 9, 27, 13 and 7 yards to gash the Braves’ defense into submission.

The senior halfback’s last touchdown of the game was set up by an 89-yard rush that saw Williams power through most of the Braves’ defense from one end of the field to the other.

Skains said he was happy to see Williams running freely in a critical district game. The Tarpons’ halfback missed three games earlier in the season with a bruised knee that he suffered in practice.

“He looks good, doesn’t he?” Skains said. “Last week, the field was so sloppy – he didn’t have much of a chance. But on a dry field, he got back into the groove. That was big, because we’re going to need him in this big stretch run of games we have coming up.”

The Braves scored its lone touchdown of the first half on a 20-yard pass from quarterback Todd Adkins to receiver Chris Harris.

South Lafourche’s Dominic Pitre also punched in a score in the first half to send the game to halftime with its 47-6 margin.

With the game out of reach, South Lafourche played its backups throughout most of the second half. Sophomore backup quarterback Harvey Allen put on a show in the final minutes of the game, breaking countless tackles en route to a pair of touchdown runs.

Skains said he definitely took note of Allen’s play in the mop-up duty.

“He’s gotten so much better – he’s come such a long way,” Skains said. “It just shows you how much those JV games mean. He’s been playing quarterback in those games and he’s grown and matured so much at the position. He’s fast. He’s elusive. It takes a good bit to get him on the ground. We were really happy to get him some varsity reps and to see him do so well.”

With the win, South Lafourche will now turn its attention to its Friday night homecoming meeting with Destrehan.

The Wildcats will come into Galliano with a sparkling 7-0 record. Destrehan has won all of its games by more than 20 points – including Friday night’s 37-3 drumming of Central Lafourche.

Skains said the Tarpons will need to play “very, very well” to beat the undefeated power.

“They are a great team. They are well coached. They have a lot of athletes who can make plays in space. We respect them in every way,” Skains said. “But if we want to get where we say we want to go, we have to be able to be able to compete with teams like that. We look forward to getting back to work and getting ready for that one.”

Trojans fall to undefeated Destrehan

Playing against a powerful foe like Destrehan, Central Lafourche knew it needed to be near perfect to score an upset win.

But the Trojans were anything but – committing early turnovers to set up Wildcats scores.

Once behind, Central Lafourche could never recover, falling 37-3 in Friday night’s district game.

The loss drops the Trojans to 3-4 on the season and 1-3 on the season.

Attempts to reach Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard were unsuccessful at press-time. But prior to the game, he had nothing but good things to say about Destrehan’s football team.

“They have a ton of quality athletes,” Menard said of Destrehan last week. “They are extremely well coached and they are very disciplined.”

The Trojans were behind the 8-ball from the get-go in Friday night’s game.

Destrehan got the ball first and scored early when Wil Matthews scampered into the end zone from 29 yards out – a run that put the Wildcats ahead 7-0.

Following two turnovers (one that was returned for a touchdown) and a three-and-out drive, Destrehan added 16 more points before the first quarter ended to take a 23-0 lead.

With the big advantage, Destrehan never looked back, scoring a pair of second quarter touchdowns to go to halftime with a 37-0 advantage.

From there, the Wildcats controlled the clock in a drama-free second half.

The Trojans got their lone points on a 34-yard field goal from Brader Dufrene in the third quarter.

The Trojans will return to Mathews on Friday night when they take on Terrebonne in another district game.