Tigers must be ready for 2 different offenses against BHS
By Jonathan Menard - Oct 06, 2011
The Hahnville offense put together its best game of the season last Friday, rolling up 469 yards on their way to a 58-37 victory over McDonogh 35 - and head coach Lou Valdin couldn't be happier.
"I was thrilled to death," he said. "I was particularly pleased with the running game and the offensive line opened up some really big holes. That's the first time all year that our line has dominated like that."
Hahnville looked like they were building momentum a few minutes later when Ernest Thompson scored on an 11-yard run. The Tiger defense held the Roneagles at bay on their next possession and forced a punt from deep within McDonogh 35 territory. Because of a bad snap on that punt attempt, the Tigers would record a safety and take a 16-8 lead with 5:41 left in the quarter.
Hahnville running back Travis Faucheaux increased the Tiger lead to 22-8 on a 23-yard scamper and it looked like the Tigers were about to put the Roneagles away early. But McDonogh 35 scored less than a minute later on a 79-yard run by Henderson that cut the Hahnville lead to 22-16.
In the second quarter though, the Tigers started to establish themselves.
The Tigers officially put the game away in the third, recovering an onsides kick and driving 49 yards to go on top 50-24.
The Tigers (2-3) enter district play this week against undefeated Bonnabel (4-0). The Bruins have wins over Clark, West St. John, St. Thomas Aquinas and John McDonogh. They have given up only 9 points this season and return 18 starters from last year's squad.
Bonnabel uses a two-quarterback system with seniors Roy Bauer and Ryan Evans. Evans is more of a running threat who also plays receiver, running back and serves as a return specialist.
"Because they have a two-quarterback system we have to prepare for two offenses," Valdin said. "One of their quarterbacks runs a lot of option plays and play action. The other runs a lot of power stuff and throws the ball downfield."
Valdin said that his defense has given up a lot of big plays this season, but that was because the offense was struggling and the Tigers tried to be more aggressive by playing man coverage and blitzing a lot.
"Now that our offense is clicking a little bit better, we can afford to sit back and bleed slower," he said.
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