In a back and forth battle that epitomized the word “rivalry,” Hahnville out dueled Destrehan in overtime to claim a 47-44 victory that kept the district champion Tigers perfect in league play with a 5-0 record.
After holding Destrehan to a field goal in overtime, Hahnville used their ground game to grind out a score. Senior running back Sergio Medina plunged ahead for one-yard run on 4th and goal to give his team the victory nearly four hours after the game kicked off.
Medina’s touchdown put the exclamation mark on an impressive Hahnville comeback. In fact, during the first half it looked like the Wildcats might run the Tigers out of their stadium.
Destrehan scored 20 points in the first quarter to set the stage for the shootout. Wildcat junior quarterback Donovan Isom was nearly perfect in that quarter, connecting with Rickey Jefferson for a 37-yard score and finding Derrick McGee for a 40-yard touchdown less than two minutes later to give Destrehan a 14-0 lead with 8:38 left to play in the opening quarter.
Hahnville responded with a nice drive of their own, grinding down the field with their running game to pick up a score on Medina’s two-yard run.
The Tigers held Destrehan on the next series, but Medina coughed up the ball at his own 33-yard line, which led to another Wildcat score. This time, Isom rumbled 26 yards to put his team on top 20-7.
In the second quarter, Hahnville managed to cut into the Destrehan lead with a 43-yard field goal by Craig Ford, but Destrehan came right back with another score. On 4th and 1 from their own 44, the Wildcats faked a punt with Will Mathews picking up five yards for a first down. Isom found Damien Armstrong for a 28-yard gain on the next play, with Lou Donovan Wells breaking off a 20-yard touchdown run to give Destrehan a 27-10 advantage.
Hahnville’s Ford managed to nail another field goal before the break, but the Tigers trailed 27-13 heading into the third.
That’s when the Tigers woke up.
The Hahnville defense pressured Isom on Destrehan’s first series, sacking the big quarterback to get the ball back in good field position. Tiger quarterback Easton Melancon then picked up a key first down with his legs before Medina found a seam and rode it for a 17-yard score.
With the Tigers trailing 20-27, the defense once again did its job and forced another three and out from the Wildcats. On the Tigers’ first offensive play, Medina scored his third touchdown on a 60-yard run to tie the game at 27-27 with 5:35 still to play in the third.
On Destrehan’s next series from deep in their own territory, Isom tried to pitch the ball back to Mathews, but it slipped through the running back’s hands. Hahnville defensive back Jamal Smith scooped up the football and brought it back three-yards to put his team on top 34-27.
The Wildcats would tie up the game a minute later. Isom connected with Alfred Smith for a 63-yard pass to the Hahnville 10-yard line. Isom then found Jefferson again for a 10-yard score to tie the game at 34-34.
Hahnville would threaten again in the fourth quarter after a nice drive into Wildcat territory. On 3rd and 1, Melancon picked up another key first down to keep the drive alive. Medina picked up 11 yards on two straight carries to bring the ball to the Destrehan four-yard line, and fullback Cody Morales went in for the score to give the Tigers a 41-34 lead.
Hahnville’s defense held tough once again, with Gabe Taylor and Cornelius Darensbourg sacking Isom for a 2-yard loss of third down to force the Wildcats to punt. However, on the ensuing play Hahnville punt returner Dylan Keller bobbled the ball and it was picked up by Destrehan’s Ty Granier at the 20-yard line. After the Wildcat drive stalled, a block in the back penalty on Hahnville gave Destrehan a first down on the 10-yard line. The Wildcats would use three straight runs to pick up the touchdown and tie the game at 41-41.
In overtime, Destrehan had to settle for a 30-yard field goal from Cameron Walsh. Hahnville would get the winning score on Medina’s fourth touchdown of the night.
The 91 points scored in the game set a record for the most combined points scored in this rivalry.
Hahnville, who was awarded the 23rd seed in the class 5A playoffs, will head to Covington to take on No. 10 St. Paul's on Friday at 7 p.m. Destrehan's season came to an end with the loss.