BOUTTE – Central Lafourche rallied late to put itself in a position to steal a District 7-5A win on the road at Hahnville High on Friday.

Trojans senior running back Deon Jenkins scored on a 5-yard run that cut Hahnville’s lead to five points with 2:28 left in the game.

But Hahnville recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt and then got a game-clinching 39-yard touchdown run from Darryle Evans with 1:36 left to pull away with a 42-30 win over the Trojans on Friday.

Evans finished with 244 yards and four touchdowns for Hahnville, which sits atop the district standings with a 7-0 record and 4-0 mark in 7-5A play.

Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said it was another intense four-quarter battle against a district opponent.

"I thought we showed resiliency again," Saltaformaggio said. "Our district is very hard. There’s no easy games in this district this year. Every game is a battle."

Central Lafourche (5-2 overall, 1-2 in district) fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter, but it never backed down and continued to fight against the Tigers.

"Our kids believed all week that we could win the football game," Trojans coach Keith Menard said. "Nobody else gave us a chance, but our kids believed and it showed (Friday night). Our kids didn’t come out here saying we couldn’t win this game. We believed we could win. We played like we could win."

Evans quickly put the Tigers ahead in the first quarter when he scrambled 41 yards for a touchdown. In the final 10 yards, Evans pushed his way past several Trojans defenders and fell into the end zone to make it 7-0 with 10:15 left in the opening quarter.

The Tigers struck again when Trey Labranch sprinted 33-yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0 with 6:48 left in the first quarter.

Central Lafourche had its best drive of the first half on its next possession. The Trojans capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Ashtrein Duncan to Jansen Folse. Duncan and Folse connected on a two-point conversion pass to make it 14-8 with 8:24 left in the second quarter.

Hahnville’s offense scored its third touchdown when Corey Lorio took a misdirection run 12-yards into the end zone for a 21-8 lead with 4:25 left in the second.

The Trojans had a chance to put points on the board in the final moments of the second quarter, but Duncan’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Alijah Hamilton as time expired.

Menard said missing out on points before halftime was a disadvantage for the Trojans.

"We feel like we could move the ball on anybody," Menard said. "Our problem was we had a couple of mental mistakes in that second quarter where we needed a touchdown after our defense got a couple of stops. We didn’t get it done. Just a couple of execution plays out there hurt us, but overall, offensively, if you can score 30 on Hahnville, we feel pretty good about it."

The Trojans got a 49-yard touchdown run from Duncan on third down to cut the lead to 21-16 with 8:35 left in the third quarter. Duncan ran in the two-point try.

But Evans gashed the Trojans again, breaking several tackles and running 31-yards for a touchdown to extend Hahnville’s lead to 28-16 with 2:54 left in the third.

After a 1-yard touchdown run from Jenkins (Folse caught two-point pass) made it 28-24 with 9:06 remaining in the fourth quarter, Hahnville took advantage of a big return on the kickoff by getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Evans to extend the lead back to 35-24 with 6:46 left to play.

The Trojans got their final touchdown on Jenkins’ 5-yard run with 2:28 left to make it 35-30 (two-point try failed), but it was the closest they would get in a back-and-forth game.

"We knew it was going to be that kind of game," Menard said. "Our o-line was mismatched all night, but I thought we did a hell of a job protecting, running the football and doing the things we needed to do. It was just a heck of a game. We knew we had to score some points. I thought we did that."

Central Lafourche finished with 340 total yards (206 rushing, 134 passing). Offensive leaders were Duncan (16-of-28, 134 yards, TD, INT), Jenkins (31 carries, 129 yards, 2 TDs), Folse (nine catches, 66 yards, TD) and Logan Wilcox (five catches, 54 yards).

"We had them on the ropes," Duncan said. "There were a couple of times we could’ve sealed the deal but we made a couple of mistakes. We have to keep it up. We can hang with any team in district." 

Saltaformaggio praised Central Lafourche’s offense for its performance on Friday.

"I’m a little disappointed in how we played defensively," Saltaformaggio said. "That’s not the way we play defensively, but a lot of it has to do with the way Central pushed us around up front. Their quarterback (Duncan) is very good. (Jenkins) is an exceptional player. It’s football in this district this year. We’re still standing. We’re 7-0 and we’ll go back to work (Saturday) and get ready for the next one."

Hahnville finished with 389 total yards (338 rushing, 51 passing). Quarterback Drew Naquin rushed for 32 yards and completed 5-of-13 passes.

Menard said the Trojans’ defense got several stops but couldn’t take advantage of it. 

"We just didn’t tackle real well. I thought (Central Lafourche defensive coordinator Shelly) Vedros and his staff put our kids in the right spots," Menard said. "It happens. Give them credit. To me this was just a great high school football game. We’ve been in two of these like this this year against Thibodaux and Hahnville. We ended up on the wrong side of both of them, but we’re going to keep battling. That’s our kids. That’s who we are. We kept battling (Friday night). We didn’t quit, so I don’t expect us to do else but come to work (today) and get ready to go for next week."