Last year, Terrebonne put a hurting on Hahnville, scoring a 41-0 win over their River Parish foes.
This year, Hahnville came to Houma and returned the favor, scoring a hard-fought, come-from-behind win over the local Class 5A power.
Hahnville beat Terrebonne 34-27 on Friday night, overcoming an early 19-0 deficit to secure their fourth-straight win to the season.
Terrebonne coach Gary Hill said he was disappointed in the result, but added that he thought Friday night was the first time this season that the Tigers played with four quarters of district-level intensity.
“I thought we played pretty well. I thought our effort was consistent — as consistent as it’s been all season,” Hill said. “We made some mistakes and they took advantage. Hahnville is a really good football team. I think if we keep playing with that same kind of fire, we’re going to have great things happen to our team.”
Terrebonne came out of the gates smoking early on. For a minute, it looked like Terrebonne would rout Hahnville for a second-straight year.
The Houma-based Tigers struck first when senior quarterback Jakhi Douglas hit Jaylin Lucas on a 56-yard touchdown to go up 6-0.
After a Hahnville fumble, Terrebonne got the ball in opposing territory and they took advantage when Douglas and Lucas connected again for a touchdown to make it 12-0.
Special teams plagued Terrebonne throughout the game and helped Hahnville get the win. The Tigers missed both of their early extra points.
After falling behind 12-0, Hahnville got some momentum, pushing the ball deep into Terrebonne territory. But they couldn’t score, turning over the ball on downs at Terrebonne’s 2-yard-line late in the first quarter.
Then Jakhi Douglas showed why he’s one of the best players in the state of Louisiana.
While in shotgun, Douglas took the snap, faked a handoff, then ran forward. He got past the line of scrimmage, into the linebackers and then in the secondary. It was a foot race down the field and Douglas turned on the jets and accelerated — 98 yards for a touchdown to put Terrebonne up 19-0.
Hill said Douglas had an extra pep in his step on Friday. Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio called Douglas a one of a kind talent.
“He’s a special player,” Saltaformaggio said. “We had our hands full throughout the game.”
But Hahnville kept battling and turned the wave of momentum around.
The special teams bug bit Terrebonne late in the first half when Hahnville blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone to make the score 19-6 — an advantage which held until halftime.
Hill said the Tigers have to get better in the third phase of the game going forward.
“We can’t keep having negative plays in special teams,” Hill said. “We struggled in our kicking game and we had a kick blocked that turned into a touchdown. Those plays really hurt you. You just can’t give up those types of things.”
In the second half, Hahnville kept battling, scoring two third-quarter touchdowns to take a 20-19 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame, Terrebonne made a strong case for victory when they intercepted a pass and turned a short field into points on a touchdown run by Douglas. After a 2-point conversion, Terrebonne led 27-20 in the fourth quarter.
But Hahnville showed championship moxie after falling behind. They tied the game when quarterback Andrew Naquin hit Darryle Evans on a screen to tie the game at 27 with 7 minutes to play.
Terrebonne had the ball with a chance to re-take the lead, but faltered when quarterback Ryan Williams threw an interception.
With possession again, Hahnville took control for good on a short touchdown from Evans.
Terrebonne had a final stab at it late, but couldn’t convert, sealing the win for Hahnville.
GATORS SCORE WIN AT PATTERSON
After losing to Terrebonne last week, the South Terrebonne football team got back on the winning track on Friday night.
The Gators beat Patterson 35-20, improving to 3-1 on the season.
Quarterback Christian Arceneaux was big in the win for the Gators, generating four touchdowns in the win — two with his arm and two with his legs.
The Gators had to work to secure the win.
The score was tied at 7 at the end of the first quarter, and South Terrebonne led 14-7 at halftime.
In the second half, the Gators kept the lead, thanks to their power running game and timely defense.
Jamala Ricks had more than 150 all-purpose yards and Lance Pellegrin snagged two game-changing interceptions.
The Gators will have one more pre-district tuneup on Friday night when they take on E.D. White.
E.D. White lost to St. Charles Catholic on Friday night.