Hahnville rushed for more than 400 yards and led 42-0 in the second quarter of Friday’s home game against Central Lafourche, eventually earning a 62-27 homecoming game victory.
The Tigers scored four touchdowns of 50 yards or more, two of those by Anthony “Pooka” Williams, who needed just seven carries – and less than a half of game action – to churn out 195 yards and three touchdowns. Jha’Quan Jackson scored three times on the ground and passed for another score. He rushed for 140 yards on eight carries. HHS posted more than 500 yards of total offense.
It was Hahnville’s sixth win in a row, and the victory clinched at least a share of the District 7-5A championship for the Tigers. A win next week over H.L. Bourgeois would net HHS an unbeaten district record and outright 7-5A crown.
“We’ve been playing extremely well. You know, I made the comment to another coach on the sideline when it was 42-0 … ‘are we really this good?’ And I think maybe we are,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. (Former Hahnville and NFL star) Darius Reynaud was at the game. He came in at halftime and said, ‘Coach, this is like the old days.’ And I said, ‘that what I’ve wanted this to be.'”
Central Lafourche dropped to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in district play.
It was Jackson who set the tone for the night on the game’s very first play from scrimmage. He took the opening snap and broke loose for a 69-yard touchdown to push his team ahead 7-0.
Not to be outdone, Williams generated his own big play to put the Tigers up 14-0 on a 59-yard score later in the first quarter. He scored again with just under three minutes left in the opening quarter on a 39-yard run.
Jackson scored his second rushing touchdown of the night from 18 yards out early in the second quarter to make it 28-0. Later on in the second quarter, he found Brandon Johnson on a fade route in the endzone for a 20-yard score that made it 35-0.
The junior quarterback’s continued growth has helped vault Hahnville’s offense to a new level over the past month.
“Earlier in the year, he was an athlete playing quarterback. Now he’s a quarterback that’s an athlete,” Saltaformaggio said. “Our offensive line is very dominant, and Jha’Quan has grown into his position. Early on, people felt like if they took Anthony away, they had our number. But we knew we had weapons, and it was a matter of getting the ball to all of those weapons.”
Williams capped Hahnville’s first half scoring on a 59-yard run that made it 42-0. HHS led 42-7 at halftime.
Jackson, Termon Nash and Brandon Comardelle each scored second half rushing touchdowns for Hahnville, Comardelle’s from 65 yards away.