The only thing to stop Central Lafourche High School’s offense in the first half against South Terrebonne wasn’t the Gators defense.
It was time expiring on the clock.
The Trojans answered an early score by South Terrebonne with touchdowns on three straight possessions for a 16-point halftime. The Trojans picked up where they left off in the first half with a touchdown on their opening possession of the second half leading to a 30-21 win over the Gators in the first game of the Thibodaux High Jamboree at Tiger Stadium on Friday.
While he was pleased with his offense, Trojans coach Keith Menard praised his defense in holding the Gators in check for most of the game.
“I thought defensively, when we had our starters in there, we played really well. Then we played some younger kids just to give them playing time,” Menard said. “We expected our defense to be better and we have a lot of kids back. Offensively, I thought we played well and (quarterback) Ashtrien (Duncan) made some good throws and we had some big catches. We didn’t want to use Deon (Jenkins) a lot but he runs one in and we throw him a screen and he makes a big play. He is explosive and he is a heck of a runner. There are always things to work on but overall, pretty please.”
South Terrebonne did break into the scoring column first after taking the opening kickoff and putting together a 7-play 77-yard drive. Jamala Ricks ended the drive with a 3-yard scoring run for a 7-0 lead with 12:03 showing.
The Trojans answered on their first possession with a 23-yard touchdown run by Jenkins and didn’t stop answering thanks to some big plays in their passing game.
On the Trojans next possession, Duncan (185 passing yards, 2 TDs) found Aaron Delaune on a 54 yard hook up for a score and a 16-7 lead. The Trojans twice converted two-point plays from a swinging gate after their first two touchdowns.
Central Lafourche ended the first half scoring as Duncan and Folse connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass to make it 23-7 with 1:36 left in the first half.
South Terrebonne did move the ball deep into Trojans territory, but a quarterback Michael Gautreaux fumbled while scrambling to end the threat leaving it 23-7 at the half.
“We got good work in and we stayed healthy, so we are happy with that. We gave up too many big plays on defense in the first half. We did better in the second half, but we have to learn to finish drives,” Gators coach Richard Curlin said. “But we will watch (the film) and learn from it.”
The Trojans final score was set up by a 56-yard romp by Jenkins on a screen pass down to the Gators 9. On the next play, Jenkins powered in the end zone for a 30-7 lead with 12:11 left in the game.
South Terrebonne scored twice in the final seven minutes as Colby Chelette scored on a 2-yard run and Peyton Parr caught an 8-yard scoring pass from Christian Arceneaux for the 30-21 final.
THIBODAUX 38, ELLENDER 0
A couple of special teams’ mistakes by Ellender paved the way for Thibodaux to take an early 14-0 lead and the Tigers never looked back in a 38-0 win in the second game of the Thibodaux High Jamboree at Tiger Stadium on Friday.
Thibodaux took advantage of a 3-yard punt to score on one play as quarterback Luke Alleman connected with Kyren Lacy for a 45-yard touchdown pass. On the Patriots second possession, the punter mishandled the snap and after the ball was kicked around, Darius Walter recovered in the end zone for a 14-0 lead and 8:04 showing on the clock.
“I like some things on both sides of the ball, and we have to work on our run game. But the passing game was good, and we got it to Kyren and Maurquel (Price). Also, Feronte (Miller) did a good job running the ball after we pulled Rimond Thompson with a little thigh bruise,” Thibodaux coach Chris Dugas said. “We’ve got some things to fix on special teams and we gave up some things in the run defense. We didn’t run a whole lot of offense, but we had three turnovers in the first half. So, when you can create turnovers and come out on the plus side you got to feel great about what we are doing.”
After an interception by Walter, the Tigers went up 21-0 when Alleman and Lacy hooked up again on a 29-yard scoring strike. Ellender ran only four plays on the Tigers side of the field in the game and had its final drive of the first half end with an interception by Price.
In the second half, Thibodaux extended its lead to 28-0 on a 9-yard run by Alleman and the Tigers stretched it to 35-0 when Miller picked up a bad snap and scrambled for 64 yards and a score with 7:24 left in the game.
Thibodaux ended the scoring on a 25-yard field goal from Peyton Domangue for a 38-0 final.
“We weren’t ready to play. Thibodaux has a lot of athletes and Coach Dugas does a good job. We are low on numbers and very young,” Ellender coach David McCormick said. “I only have 21 returning players but Thibodaux came out and made us look like we weren’t ready. We need to use this as a wake-up call and we just have to re-focus and special teams killed us. A team like Thibodaux you can give them points.”