SLIDELL -- Central Lafourche had its shots, but a scoreless first half and a Slidell back named Harlan Dixon proved too much for the Trojans to overcome as Slidell took a 35-21 win on Friday night in first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
The No. 21 Trojans (6-5 overall) took the opening kickoff and went three and out.
The No. 12 Tigers took the punt and went 56 in four plays for a touchdown, with three of those plays being Dixon runs of six, 14 and 31 yards for the touchdown.
Slidell (9-2 overall) scored its next touchdown on one play.
Quarterback Jacob Guidry hit Tito Simmons on a short slant about 3 yards in front of the line.
Simmons took it from there, flying down the center of the field for the score.
The PAT was wide, and Slidell led 13-0 with 2:12 left in the first.
The Trojans defense stepped up, recovering a fumble on Slidell’s next possession.
But an 11-play, 5-minute drive produced no points.
“We had a couple of mistakes in those long drives,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “We had 33 plays in the first half, and no points. We just couldn’t finish those drives. In the second half, we kinda tweaked a couple of things, and picked up the tempo a bit, throwing the ball a bit more cause Slidell was all in on stopping the run.”
Dixon, who had gone quiet in the second quarter and first part of the third, made his presence known again, going 64 yards down to the Trojans 10.
Dixon hauled in a 12 yard Guidry pass for the score, and after the two point conversion, Slidell led 21-0 with 4:41 left in the third.
The Trojans completed a drive on their next possession, marching 67 yards in 3 minutes.
Jansen Folse had receptions of 11 and 25 yards.
Deon Jenkins took it in from the 6, and Central trailed 21-7 with 1:30 left in the third.
Trojans defensive lineman Charles Steward intercepted Guidry on the next possession, rumbling 55 yards for the pick-six, making it a one score game at 21-14 with a full quarter and 11 seconds left to go.
But Slidell took the momentum right back.
Oscar Davis took the Trojasn kickoff back 84 yards to the Central Lafourche 10.
Dixon then took it in from the 6 for his third touchdown of the game, and after a failed two-point attempt, the Tigers led 27-14 with 10:41 left.
The Trojans came back with an 80-yard, 18-play drive capped by a Jacob Barker to Jansen Folse touchdown to close the gap to 27-21 with 7:34.
Any hope of a Trojans comeback was dashed when Guidry hit a wide open Miles Brown for a 72-yard score with 4:27 left.
Dixon caught the two-point conversion for the final points of the game.