Explosive Hahnville rides first half wave to victory

Hahnville's Jerry Spencer races down the sideline in Friday night's win over Higgins.

District play begins next week for Hahnville, and the Tigers look more than ready.

Hahnville stayed unbeaten Friday night by defeating Higgins at Tiger Stadium, 49-14, on a night the Tigers’ offense scored on each of its six first half possessions.

“You know, we’ve still got some stuff to clean up, but we’re where we want to be,” said Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio. “We got to play a lot of guys in the second half, and after starting with two very physical games, to get out of this somewhat healthy and not too banged up is a big plus. And (concerning the reserves’ playing time) you never know, you might need some of these guys down the line. It’s a long, long season.”

Darryle Evans got Hahnville started with a pair of first quarter touchdown runs, one from 27 yards out and one from 12 yards away.

The Tigers (3-0) went ahead 21-0 on their first passing touchdown of the night, Chance Tregle hauling in a fastball from Drew Naquin in the back of the endzone for a 6-yard touchdown.

Trey Labranch added Hahnville’s third rushing score of the night on a 4-yard run. Then Naquin showed off his own running ability, running outside and to the pylon to make it a 35-0 advantage.

Corey Lorio missed each of the last two games with injury, but hauled in a touchdown upon his return, this one an 18-yarder from Naquin that made it 42-0 at halftime.

Hahnville’s second half score came on a touchdown run by Cole Villasenor.

Two Hahnville touchdowns in the second quarter were set up by back to back blocked punts by safety Robert Jackson.

“We saw some things on film … we knew we had some angles in our favor. I was equally happy with the ones we didn’t block, because we had two great returns,” Saltaformaggio said. “We work special teams every day, PAT, field goals and punt coverage … it shows if you work hard at something, practice it hard and your kids believe in it, you should be able to do very well in most aspects of it, and we did tonight.”

Naquin was sharp throughout his time on the field before being lifted. Saltaformaggio said the junior impressed.

“I really thought he played well. I thought he threw some nice balls and had really great command of what’s going on … if we get play like that from him every week, we’ll be in really good shape through the end of the season,” Saltaformaggio said.

It was a strong tune-up for next week’s district opener against Terrebonne, a game that carries extra meaning to Hahnville after Terrebonne felled the Tigers 41-0 last season.

“Next week is huge for us, against a team that embarrassed us last year … a team that embarrassed Hahnville football like it hasn’t been embarrassed, ever,” Saltaformaggio said. “So our kids have gotta understand who we’re playing and what it means. It’s not just a district game for us. It’s more than a district game for us. We’ll see who’s all in for us when we start practice next week.”

 

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