Hahnville to see steady diet of 2020 playoff teams this season

Cameron Brown of Hahnville

Hahnville’s schedule is chock full of splashy names, promising several battles between the Tigers and other traditional powers from around Louisiana.

The Tigers will be tested early and often, including two clashes with River Parish rivals within the first four weeks – and seven consecutive games against 2020 playoff qualifiers to begin the season.

Hahnville kicks off its season at home with a battle of traditional state powers of the River Parishes, as it hosts West St. John in the season’s first week.

The Rams had a trying 2020 regular season – it played five games against a tough slate, going 1-4 – but once West St. John reached the playoffs it took down North Central 43-0, a reminder that the Rams program remains elite in Class 1A. When two River Parish teams throw down, the atmosphere is always special, and expect nothing different as these two kick the season off.

In Week 2, Hahnville gets a stern test in the form of host Mandeville, which marched to the Class 5A quarterfinals last season before falling to Acadiana. Mandeville went 8-2 in 2020 and 10-4 in 2019, and the Skippers are expected to be among 5A’s upper class once again. This very well could be a playoff preview.

Cementing the fact Hahnville head coach Daniel Luquet was not shy about testing his team in pre-district play, the third pre-district contest for Hahnville comes Week 3 at home against perennial 4A contender Landry-Walker. The Charging Bucs reached round two of the 4A playoffs last season and regularly rank among the state’s most talented teams.

Then comes the start of district play – and the start is a doozy, with a pair of premier showdowns that will likely tell the tale for Hahnville’s district championship aspirations this season.

The Tigers open District 7-5A play Week Four as it faces off with – drum roll – the archrival Destrehan Wildcats, Luquet’s alma mater and a team that reached the 5A state semifinals last year. Destrehan felled Hahnville 36-23 last season, and the Tigers will be taking aim at earning its first victory over the Wildcats since 2017. The Tigers will host the always-electrifying showdown this year.

In Week 5, Hahnville battles Thibodaux on the road. Last season the teams combined to score just shy of 100 points as HHS earned a 64-35 victory at home.

Then comes a road matchup against East St. John, which many expect to field the school’s best team in years. Expectations are high in Reserve – and always are in Boutte. This is a game that will likely carry a true postseason-like atmosphere with it, and Hahnville will no doubt enter with a chip on its shoulder, looking to avenge a lopsided loss at Joe Keller Stadium in 2020.

Hahnville gets a break from 7-5A competition in week seven, but not a break from strong competition as a very good De La Salle team visits Tiger Stadium after going 10-1 last season. The Cavaliers were a 3A quarterfinalist and have posted at least eight wins in each of the past seven seasons, one of the state’s most consistent programs.

In weeks 8 and 9, HHS will look to stay ahead of H.L. Bourgeois and Central Lafourche. The Tigers have had the respective numbers of the Braves and Trojans over the years, and last season won both games by wide margins.

In Week 10, Hahnville faces off with a team that’s emerged as one of its most fierce rivals over the past few seasons – the Terrebonne Tigers. Hahnville will travel to Terrebonne for this one. Last season, HHS edged THS in a memorable shootout in Boutte, 47-40. Two years ago, HHS rallied from an early deficit to take down Terrebonne on the road, avenging a 41-0 loss at Terrebonne from a year prior.

 

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