Hahnville looks for first win in district opener against Bonnabel
Hahnville’s defense struggled once again last week against McDonogh 35, but the unit can redeem itself by leading the Tigers to a win in their district opener on Friday.
Though pressing hard for a win against McDonogh 35, the Tigers fell short in a 29-21 defeat to bring about another precedent in Valdin’s career.
The Tigers (0-4) continue to turn the ball over this season. However, last week they had one fewer turnover than McDonogh, who had five in all including a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Hahnville.
"This is the first time I ever remember winning the turnover ratio and scoring a touchdown on defense and losing," Valdin said.
Valdin said there were a few reasons behind the loss.
"We turned the ball over and gave up big plays," he said. "They capitalized when we turned the ball over and we failed to capitalize when they turned the ball over."
Valdin also said Hahnville’s opponents have found the key to stopping their offense.
"St. Augustine basically came up with a blueprint to shut us down. You put people on the line and press like lunatics and we are going to have to overcome that," Valdin said.
During the McDonogh loss, Valdin said his offensive line under performed as well.
"Their defensive line basically took it to us. We were unable to run the ball," Valdin said. "(Quarterback Easton) Melancon was sacked numerous times."
In the end, Valdin said even though they lost their first four games he believes those losses may have sufficiently prepared his team for district play.
"I think playing these four tough games is going to make us tougher and better," Valdin said. "We didn’t win them but we played good competition and played hard and I think this is going to make us better against our district."
Last year the Tigers were in a similar slump as they entered district play with a 1-3 record, but turned around their season by finishing off with a 5-1 record and as district co-champions.
The Tigers are hoping to turn around their losing streak as they face off against Bonnabel (3-1), their first district opponent of the year, on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Bonnabel is coming off of their first loss of the year after losing 38-10 to St. Thomas Aquinas in Hammond.
In that game the Bruins turned the ball over five times and had two fumbles returned for touchdowns.
Valdin said despite Bonnabel’s recent slip he expects a very good team to show up Thursday night.
"They are very similar to the teams we’ve been playing," Valdin said. "They’ve got shotgun, they’ve got athletes on offense and they have one defensive lineman who is really, really good."
To try and give their offense a better chance, Valdin said he has also made some adjustments over the past few weeks.
"We put in a couple of new plays and are coming in with some new personnel groupings," Valdin said.
In the end, Valdin said the Tigers will have to focus on not beating themselves before they can beat any opponent.
"We are not good enough to overcome mistakes," he said.
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