Hahnville hit on all cylinders Friday night as it defeated Central Lafourche 42-13 at Tiger Stadium, putting the Tigers one step closer to a potential return to the postseason.
“The last couple weeks we’ve done a good job of getting our best players the ball,” said Hahnville head coach Daniel Luquet. “We were opportunistic on defense with a pair of pick sixes … a big punt return by Kobe Louis which we’ve been working hard on. It’s about your best players making plays when their number’s called.
“I thought we tackled better, ran better tonight, and now we have to keep that going next week.”
The first quarter of this one belonged to Chase Morales.
Hahnville got started with a 46-yard reception over the middle from Ryan Gregson to Kobe Louis – Louis caught the ball between defenders and weaved his way to the Central redzone.
That set up Morales. Hahnville’s standout linebacker who found some time on the offensive side of the ball on Friday. He took a direct snap in the team’s heavy Beast formation and ran right on third down, bouncing off a tackler and finishing the run in the endzone for a 14-yard touchdown.
“He was a running back in middle school and he’s one of our best athletes,” said Luquet. “We have to find some ways of getting CJ (running back Calvin Smith) some rest. It gives him a chance to show (Morales) can do it and it just gives us another option.”
After Central Lafourche intercepted a Gregson pass, Morales jumped a route at the Central 32-yard line and raced the rest of the way for a ‘pick six’ interception for a score to push Hahnville’s lead to 14-0.
A 55-yard Calvin Smith run made it 21-0 in favor of the Tigers before the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Gregson dialed up Louis downfield for a 67-yard yard touchdown.
It was Louis again setting up a score, his punt return inside the Central 10 setting up a 6-yard Gregson run to make it 35-0.
Hahnville’s second pick six came on the effort of defensive back Matthew Bedi just as time expired before halftime, his interception and return making it a 42-0 Hahnville halftime lead.
Peyton George and Porter Zeringue added second half touchdowns for Central Lafourche (0-9, 0-5).
While Hahnville (3-5, 2-3) has had difficulty being able to get all three units – offense, defense and special teams – clicking together in the same game, Friday’s win was an example of the Tigers doing just that with a strong offense effort combined with two defensive touchdowns and a punt return setting up another.
“Putting it all together … it was a good team effort and a chance to get rolling and get some wins as we get close to the playoffs – that’s big for us,” Luquet said.