The Hahnville Tigers pulled off their second win in a row, and first at home, in a 26-16 victory over district foe East St. John Wildcats to become one of two undefeated teams–the other being Destrehan–in the district.
The game got off to a rough start for Hahnville (2-4, 2-0) who muffed a short kickoff that was recovered by the Wildcats (2-4, 1-1) deep in Tiger territory. But to set the tone for much of the night the Hahnville defense forced a fourth down and the Wildcats attempted and missed a field goal to end their first drive.
Hahnville came back with what started off as an impressive drive with tailback Sergio Medina peeling off a long run. However, the drive ended after quarterback Easton Melancon was sacked and then threw an interception on the next play.
Hahnville’s first score came on the next drive after a bad snap sailed over the East St. John punter’s head and ended up in a safety putting the Tigers ahead 2-0.
Tailback/backup quarterback Dylan Keller had an impressive 33-yard return on the ensuing kickoff and followed it up with a long gain on a quarterback keeper out of the wildcat formation. However, Hahnville was stopped after Melancon was sacked on third down and had to settle for a 39-yard field goal by kicker Craig Ford to put the score at 5-0.
Ford’s following kickoff sailed out of the end zone for a touchback and after a pivotal sack by linebacker Gabe Taylor East St. John found themselves in their second punting situation of the night. The Wildcats’ punter again had trouble with the snap and bobbled the ball before side-arming it out of bounds for an intentional grounding penalty, which gave the Tigers the ball on the two-yard line. Medina ran in a touchdown on the next play and a successful two point conversion brought the score to 11-0 to finish out the first quarter.
The second quarter brought better tidings for East St. John when quarterback Leonard Davis and running back Kadeem Vance led the Wildcats on two touchdown drives that both ended with two point conversions to give them the lead 11-16.
The Tigers struck back with a 41-yard touchdown toss from Melancon to wide receiver Rickey Preston making the score 19-16 when Kailon Catrter followed up with a catch for a successful two-point conversion.
For the rest of the night the Hahnville defense would reign.
In their bid to come back the Wildcats made numerous mistakes with Davis first throwing an interception to sophomore Hahnville cornerback Larry Boyd deep in Hahnville territory, which was followed up by another missed field goal on their next drive and then another interception by Davis that went to Hahnville cornerback Jamal Smith.
Despite their mistakes the Wildcats had one last chance at scoring when Davis ran for a key third down conversion and later in the series Hahnville was called for pass interference. However, at fourth and four on Hahnville’s six-yard line East St. John opted against another field goal try that, if successful, may have tied the game up 19-19 and wer instead stuffed by the Hahnville defense.
The Hahnville offense came back with a three and out and punted with four minutes left in the game, but the Wildcats would not come close to a scoring situation again.
In desperation the Wildcats tried a little trickery and attempted a halfback pass that fell short. Davis was sacked on third down and facing fourth and 20 he threw the ball up and Hahnville’s Smith came down with his second interception on the night which he ran back for a 65-yard touchdown to bring the final score to 26-16 after the extra point by Ford.
Hahnville next faces L.W. Higgins (2-3, 1-1) at home on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
|Hahnville cornerback Terry Boyd comes down with the first interception of the night.|