GALLIANO -- The South Lafourche football team got back on track Friday night during an important evening for its school.
In adding to their homecoming celebration, the Tarpons knocked off Morgan City 35-7 in a District 7-5A game.
After the Tigers took a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter after a 77-yard punt return from Mitchell Mancuso, the Tarpons scored on their next five drives, led 21-7 at halftime and led 35-7 at the end of the third quarter.
South Lafourche, who had lost five of six games, improved to 2-5 overall and to 2-2 in district and Morgan City fell to 2-5 overall and to 0-3 in district.
Tarpons quarterback Brock Bailleaux hit Jelby Cheramie with a 19-yard pass and Jesse Torres made the point after to tie it at 7 with 8:19 left in the second quarter.
South Lafourche coach Blake Forsythe said he was proud of how the Tarpons answered the first Tigers score.
"That was one of the things we focused on. We talked a lot about this week," Forsythe said. "In a lot of games this season, we played close games and one bad thing happens and we want to shut it down, so I think that's really a testament to the maturity that we've seen so far throughout the year."
After recovering a fumble at the Tigers 23-yard line, the Tarpons later found the end zone when Bailleaux scored from 2 yards out and the point after was good at the 5:47 mark of the second quarter.
Aaron Vestal later helped the Tarpons to a 21-0 lead with a 5-yard scoring run with 1:21 before halftime.
In the third quarter, the Tarpons put the game away with an 8-yard touchdown run by Cheramie and a 44-yard scoring pass from Bailleaux to Cameron Georges.
"Really, I thought we played well in all three phases," Forsythe said. "One bad play on special teams that turned into a nightmare, but I thought all three phases were really solid. I'm really proud of the kids. We really challenged this group of seniors this week and they really responded."
Tigers coach Chris Stroud said the Tigers, who play many players on both sides of the ball, simply wore down.
"Pretty much the same story all year," Stroud said. "We've played well up until a point and then we kind of snowballed and fall apart. I'm proud of the kids that fight hard. I'm very disappointed in a few kids who shut down. I'll handle that on Monday."
The Tigers were also without quarterback Devonta Grogan, the team's leading rusher and passer, who didn't play because of a thigh injury he has been battling.
Stroud said he they may have him back next week.
As for the Tarpons, Forsythe said he hoped they can carry this momentum into the rest of the season and make a late season playoff push.
"It's big," Forsythe said. "We've got three good teams coming up. We've got two more district games. Then we finish out with 5A East St. John here at home, so it's
not like the schedule gets any easier. We've got something to fight for right now. I think these kids are ready to fight for it."