The Terrebonne Tigers put the state on notice Friday night beating archrival nemesis Hahnville 41-0 in their first game of district play. The Tigers improve to 5-0 on the season giving the program only their second win versus Hahnville since 1983.
The three headed monster of Terrebonne (Ja’Khi Douglas, Chaz Ward, Keshawn James) gave a really good Hahnville defense fits all night long. James finished the game with 87 yards rushing & 1 touchdown pass, Douglas found the end zone three different ways (punt return, rushing, receiving), & Ward led the attack on the ground with 141 yards rushing to go with 3 touchdowns. What makes this group so dynamic is the versatility of James & Douglas. Both can play multiple positions on either side of the ball. Defensive coordinators will have their hands full trying to game plan for (James, Douglas, Ward) on Friday nights, & there might not be a more talented 1-2-3 punch in 5A than these three. One word that comes to mind when you watch these three play is, “SPECIAL”.
Terrebonne’s defense might have been just as if not more impressive than the offense. Terrebonne held Hahnville’s offense to 132 yards of total offense & forced 4 turnovers on the night. Senior linebacker Dillon Babin was big time wreaking havoc all night finishing the game with a block punt, 1 sack, 3 TFLs, & 9 tackles. The Terrebonne defense as a whole was stingy showing that they are one of the better defenses in 5A.
One of the best high school football rivalries in the state did not disappoint once again this year. Destrehan came into the game as the favorite, but Hahnville gave the Wildcats all they could handle on Friday night in front of a packed crowd. Destrehan started the game off strong going up 14-0 with touchdown passes from Harold Blood Jr. to John Emery on a 54 yard screen pass & a 30 yard pass to Carson Rieder.
Hahnville stormed back & scored 15 unanswered points to give the Tigers a 15-14 lead in the third quarter after a 6 yard touchdown run by Jace Meyers. Destrehan quarterback Harold Blood Jr. would come up big by connecting with *Mississippi St. commit* Quinton Torbor for a 36 yard touchdown pass to put the Wildcats back up 20-15 after the failed two point conversion. Destrehan cornerback Dontrell Smith *Southeastern commit* played a vital role in the game coming up with two key interceptions & a fumble recovery to help the Wildcats hold on to win the game 28-15. John Emery *Georgia commit* was box office as usual for the Wildcats finishing the game with 182 all-purpose yards & 2 touchdowns. Emery was named MVP of the game & credited his offensive line for his stellar performance.
East Ascension handed Thibodaux High their first loss on the season with a convincing 35-0 win on the road. The Spartans were very impressive on both sides of the ball all night. The offensive & defensive line of the Spartans was the difference in the game holding a high powered Thibodaux offense to just 169 yards of total offense, while the Spartans accumulated over 300 yards of offense on the night.
The fifth ranked team for class 5A showed their balance being able to run & throw the ball effectively all night long against the Tigers. East Ascension quarterback Jason Wakefield was very efficient on the night completing 10 of 15 of his passes for 174 yards & a touchdown. Wide receiver Steven McBride showed his big play capabilities scoring on a 18 yard run & again on a 31 yard touchdown catch that was called back because of a holding penalty. But the difference in the game was the rushing attack that was led by Evan Copeland. The senior running back rushed for 118 yards that included a 41 yard touchdown run on the night.
East Ascension now improves to 3-0 on the season & will host Cecilia on Friday night for their homecoming. Thibodaux falls to 2-1 & will host H.L Bourgeois.
When it comes to high school rivalries, Edna Karr & Landry Walker is the epitome of what a true rivalry represents. The Cougars have owned the Charging Buccaneers the previous two seasons & this year’s matchup was no different winning in convincing fashion 40-0.
The Cougars started fast taking the opening kickoff back 73 yards for a touchdown by freshman Aaron Anderson. The defense is what set the tone for the Cougars early holding the Charging Buccaneers to under a 100 yards of total offense in the first half. Junior rush end Josh Randall was impressive all night with 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, & a bevy of quarterback pressures. The Cougar’s team speed on defense is what made things tough all night for the Charging Buccaneers holding talented running back Chad Alexander under a 100 yards for the game.
First year starting quarterback Leonard Kelly was impressive on Friday night executing coach Brice Brown’s offense to perfection. Kelly connected with Dylan Hill on a 33 yard touchdown pass & a dart to Michael Corner for a 6 yard touchdown pass. Running back Ronnie Jackson stole the show with an impressive performance rushing for 246 yards & 2 touchdowns on 20 carries. Jackson punished defenders countless times & also showed some breakaway speed pulling away from the defense on a few runs. The 1-2 punch with running backs Ronnie Jackson & Ahmad Antoine took a toll on the Charging Buccaneers defense all night long. Even though the Cougars won in convincing fashion against archrival Landry Walker, I think their best football still lies ahead going forward.
Terrebonne took care of business in week 1 of the regular season with a 29-7 win over archrival Ellender. After being down 7-6 for much of the first half, the Tigers got a clutch touchdown by running back Chaz Ward right before the half to put his team up 13-7.
The talented Terrebonne team displayed that they have a number of players that they can get production from on any given night. Senior T.J Ruffin was terrific on both sides of the ball scoring on a 12 yard touchdown run & catching a big interception in the fourth quarter. Ruffin showed his versatility all game lining up at receiver & running back giving the Tigers an added dimension teams will have to prepare for all season. Senior running back Chaz Ward finished the game with 82 yards & 2 touchdowns. Ward was a load to tackle all night & he gave the Ellender defense fits every time he got to the second level.
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