The Hahnville Tigers broke their four game losing streak in a 20-19 win over the Bonnabel Bruins in their first district game of the year to improve to 1-4.
The Bonnabel Bruins (3-2) had only lost one game entering the competition and were regarded by Hahnville Head Coach Lou Valdin to be a team that Hahnville could not make mistakes against and still win. However, despite having two turnovers returned for touchdowns the Tigers were still able to pull out a close victory.
The Tigers pounded the Bruins on the ground all night and racked up over 300 yards in rushing mostly on the legs of senior Sergio Medina who was switched from starting middle linebacker to tailback for the game. Medina had 166 yards on the night and scored a touchdown on the opening drive. Senior fullback Cody Morales also added 113 yards in the rushing attack. Senior running back Lynn Simmons did not play.
“We took the ball on the opening drive and took it right down the field and pushed it in,” Valdin said.
The Bruins responded with a breakaway rushing touchdown, their only big offensive play of the night, to narrow the score to 7-6.
The Tigers offense again took the field and tragedy struck when Bonnabel scored off a Morales fumble to bring the score to 7-13.
However, it did not take long for Hahnville to strike back. Coming off of a few long runs by Medina and Moarles, quarterback Easton Melancon threw a 15-yard strike to senior wide receiver Kailon Carter to take the lead again at 14-13.
On the next series the Hahnville defense stepped up and caused and recovered a fumble in Bruins territory.
However, in the second quarter quarterback Easton Melancon had a pass tipped and the ball fell into the hands of a speedy Bonnabel defensive back Darius Dixon who took it in for a long touchdown to make the score 14-19.
The Tigers bounced back in the second half off of solid defensive play that garnered a number of tackles for loss and a few sacks. Senior Gabe Taylor racked up tackles in the double digits on the night, assisted in a sack and had a fumble recovery. Juvon Murray kept up his dominance on the defensive line and snagged a couple of sacks as well.
Based on the tough play of their defense the offense was given a lot of time on the field in the second half. On the final scoring drive of the game the Tigers had a couple of penalties go their way and found themselves on the Bruins one yard line where, after two tries, they scored on a quarterback keeper by Melacon bringing the score to 20-19.
The Tigers drove down the field at the end of the second half and got within field goal range on a fourth down, but junior kicker Craig Ford pushed the ball to the left just outside of the uprights on a 35-yard field goal attempt.
For the remainder of the fourth the Tigers’ defense stuffed Bonnabel and their offense rushed the ball and ran the clock down. Morales had a big pickup when he made an all-important first down to dragging multiple Bonnabel defenders with him along the way to put the game out of reach.
The Tigers ended the game in victory formation with Melancon downing the ball before leaping the air in celebration.
The Tigers next face off against East St. John at home on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
Valdin said during the East St. John game the Tigers will be showing support for the Wounded Warriors Project.
“This Friday night is senior salute and we are doing Wounded Warrior Project awareness,” Valdion said. “The coaches are going to have camouflage hats on and the players are going to have a camouflage H on their helmet.”
|Tailback Sergio Medina runs the ball behind the lead block of fullback Cody Morles. Both had over 100 yards rushing on the night.|