Trojans roll past Tarpons in rivalry tilt
Senior halfback Deon Jenkins just keeps on running wild.
And the Central Lafourche football team just keeps on winning ballgames in impressive, decisive fashion.
The Trojans beat South Lafourche 41-13 on Friday night on the powerful legs of their superstar senior back and also stingy defense.
Jenkins carried for 280 yards and four scores in the win.
For the season, he has 14 touchdowns and is quickly approaching 1,000 yards — and that’s in just three games.
“It’s been amazing to see,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “And what makes it even better is that the kid has a great attitude and he’s handling the success he’s earned so well. He’s doing a great job and our offensive line is opening up those holes he’s running through. We’re just working to keep getting better each week.”
Jenkins ran wild against a stingy South Lafourche defense that’s been very good this season.
The Trojans scored on their first offensive possession, marching down the field on a touchdown drive capped by Jenkins’ first touchdown run.
After a defensive stop, the Trojans got the ball and marched again. This time, Jenkins marched 41 yards for a score to make the score 13-0 midway through the first quarter.
Menard said he was proud of Jenkins and his offensive line in the win, but he was also proud of his defense for stopping South Lafourche’s triple option offense.
The Tarpons struggled early, which allowed the Trojans to storm out to the early lead.
“With what they do, you have to play assignment football,” Menard said. “And I thought for the most part, we did a good job holding our assignments and doing the things that we were coached to do. Those guys are younger, but they’re getting better. I thought they took another step forward.”
In the second quarter, the Trojans showed their ability to pass the ball when quarterback Ashtrein Duncan hit Jansen Folse on a slant for a touchdown to make the score 19-0.
Jenkins ended the half with his biggest blow — an 86-yard touchdown on a draw play, which made the score 27-0 at halftime.
In the second half, South Lafourche answered the bell offensively — even if they didn’t challenge victory.
The Tarpons drove the ball down the field three times and score two touchdowns — their first two touchdowns of the season.
The Tarpons got to the 1-yard-line and punched it in on a 1-yard touchdown run by Francois Terrebonne to make the score 27-7.
Early in the fourth quarter, Jenkins added another to make the game 34-7, but then the Tarpons struck again with a 9-yard touchdown run from Derin Doucet to make the score 34-13.
South Lafourche coach Blake Forsythe said he was happy with the way the Tarpons’ triple option attack clicked on Friday night.
South Lafourche gained 220 total yards in the game. Before that game, they had just more than 100 total yards all season.
They got into the red zone four times. Forsythe said the Tarpons’ biggest enemy was themselves.
“Our biggest problems were putting the ball on the ground or silly penalties,” Forsythe said. “But I thought we got better. I’m proud of our kids. Our non-district schedule is brutal, but we’re working hard and getting better every week. Our kids just keep fighting.”
In the final minutes, the Trojans scored again on a touchdown pass from Duncan to Folse to send the game to its final margin.
This is the first time in school history that Central Lafourche beats South Lafourche four-straight years.
The Tarpons historically have dominated the annual rivalry matchup.
BRAVES SCORE HARD-FOUGHT WIN
H.L. Bourgeois desperately needed a win on Friday night.
And they got one in the final seconds to inch past a cross-town rival.
The Braves trailed Ellender 42-37 late in the game and seemed headed toward their third-straight loss to start the season.
But the Braves forced a safety with two minutes left to trim the deficit to 42-39, then got the ball back with less than two minutes left with a chance to win.
Quarterback Jordan Rainey made several plays, including converting a fourth and long with the game on the line.
The big blow came with 47 seconds left when Rainey his Tyrese Starks on a long touchdown to re-take the lead and secure a 46-42 win.
The Patriots had the ball late with a chance, but couldn’t score, securing the Braves’ first win of the season.
“What a ballgame,” Braves coach Ryan Fournier said. “It was one of those back and forth games. Both teams had leads and we were just able to make the last play. I was so proud of the kids. They kept working and kept battling.”
TIGERS WIN A THRILLER
Thibodaux turned the ball over a dozen times in its first two games, but still found a way to win.
On Friday, they picked a good time to play their first relatively clean game of the season.
The Tigers beat McDonogh 35 30-29 on Friday, rallying from a 12-point second half deficit to secure the win.
The Tigers trailed 29-17 in the third quarter, then made the rally with big play offense, dominant defense and quality special teams.
Kicker Peyton Domangue was huge in the win banging home three field goals, including a 42-yarder, which ended up being the game winner.
The Tigers are now 3-0 on the season in the win.
“We finally didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot,” Thibodaux coach Chris Dugas said. “We played a cleaner game and I thought our offense, defense and special teams all played pretty well against a really talented football team.”
LOCAL 5A SCOREBOARD
H.L. Bourgeois 46, Ellender 42
Central Lafourche 41, South Lafourche 13
Destrehan 27, St. Paul’s 6
East St. John 57, Sophie B. Wright 9
Hahnville 49, Higgins 14
Terrebonne 46, South Terrebonne 7
Thibodaux 30, McDonogh 35 29