Hahnville will face notable state contenders both in, out of district play

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A delayed, and bumpy, start to the 2021 season left Hahnville at an 0-2 mark, a rarity for the program. But the Tigers locked in from there, earning victories in their final six games of the regular season – and overcoming some key injuries on both sides of the ball to do so.

The Tigers will look to build on that entering head coach Daniel Luquet’s third year leading the program. The Tigers clicked both offensively and defensively heading into the playoffs, shaking off district losses to Destrehan and East St. John to start the season after Hurricane Ida eliminated pre-district play from the schedule.

This season, the Tigers figure to – finally – be able to play a full 10 games under Luquet after back-to-back delayed starts to the year. And that’s a very good thing for fans, as this year Hahnville has some big name competition on the non-district slate that should make for some interesting matchups.

Before the official season begins, Hahnville will tangle at home with Jesuit in what’s been a recent jamboree tradition, with several exhibition matchups between the teams in recent seasons. The late starts to each of the past two seasons have kept jamboree action from happening, but one can expect a physical battle as always when these teams lock up.

Once the real action begins, Hahnville kicks off the season with a marquee matchup – Newman will visit Tiger Stadium, led by Texas-committed star recruit Arch Manning. The Greenies went 7-2 last season and reached the state semifinals of Division III, scoring between 28 and 70 points in each of the teams wins. The Tigers enter year two under QB Donovan Friloux and the Tigers project to score plenty, while the Hahnville defense emerged in a big way last season – and will likely be motivated to show out against a big-name passer.

From there, Hahnville takes on two squads from the northshore of New Orleans, starting with a home date against Mandeville in Week 2. Mandeville went 3-6 a year ago and will be looking to bounce back. In Week 3, the Tigers travel to Northshore, which went 5-5 last year and ended the season with a 37-30 loss in round one against West Monroe, giving the Rebels all they could handle in a double-overtime battle.

District 7-5A play begins in Week 4, and there will be no shortage of hype as Hahnville visits Destrehan off the bat. Unlike last year, this won’t be the kickoff game to the season – DHS and Hahnville were last year’s kickoff game due to the delay caused by Ida. Hahnville will want payback against a Destrehan team that’s felled them by 35 in that 2021 meeting.

A week later, the Tigers host East St. John, historically a tough battle. ESJ has won two in a row over HHS, including an 8-3 defensive slugfest in Week 5 of the 2021 season. The Wildcats finished 3-4 last season in a year that saw their school and facilities ravaged by Ida.

Hahnville hosts Thibodaux in Week 6, a visitor that went 3-4 a year ago. Hahnville defeated THS 31-0 in 2021.

Then the Tigers run into their district bye, where another marquee non-district foe awaits. Hahnville will travel to Lutcher to face one of the state’s traditional powers. Lutcher went 9-2 last season, including a run to the 3A quarterfinals where the No. 6 seed Bulldogs lost a shootout to St. Martinville, 59-42. A month before the postseason, both teams will likely view this as a litmus test.

Week 8 sees Hahnville hit the road for a battle with H.L. Bourgeois, which went 4-4 last season and earned the No. 23 seed in the 5A playoffs. The improving Braves will look to take another step against a Tigers program that’s had their number, including last season’s 21-0 HHS victory.

Hahnville remains on the road in Week 9 as it makes the trip to face a Central Lafourche team that struggled throughout 2021, going winless. The Tigers logged a 49-13 victory over the Trojans in 2021. The regular season finale comes at home for HHS as it welcomes a Terrebonne team that, like Central, had difficulties post-storm a year ago, with some key transfers leaving THS limited. Terrebonne went 1-6 last season, including a 31-0 loss to Hahnville in last year’s Week 10.

 

Hahnville 2022 football schedule

8/25 – Jesuit (jamboree)

9/2 – Newman

9/9 – Mandeville

9/16 – at Northshore

9/23 – at Destrehan*

9/30 – East St. John*

10/7 – Thibodaux*

10/14 – at Lutcher

10/21 – at. H.L. Bourgeois*

10/28 – at Central Lafourche*

11/4 – Terrebonne*

 

*denotes district opponent

 

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