Hahnville back on the road, aims for third straight win

Hahnville tackle Jarian Shelby

It’ll be the second of three consecutive games on the road for Hahnville, which will attempt to win its third straight game Friday as it travels to face H.L. Bourgeois in District 7-5A competition Friday night.

Thus far this season, Bourgeois is 2-3 overall, with a 1-3 mark in district play. Last week, it fell decisively to Terrebonne by a 49-13 score. The week prior saw the Braves capture their second win of the season, besting Central Lafourche 34-6. Bourgeois’ other losses came to East St. John and Destrehan, while it defeated Ellender in Week 1 for its first victory.

Jordan Rainey leads the Braves at quarterback, triggering a versatile offense that mixes several formations into the gameplan each week.

Running back Javon Pharagood is one of the team’s top weapons, as are receivers Demarcus Singleton and Quan Harris.  Harris is a standout at defensive back as well for the Braves – against Central Lafourche, he recorded a fumble recovery and hauled in a score from Rainey. In that game, Rainey passed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, and held Central to just 54 yards of total offense.

“What makes them difficult is they bounce in and out of double slot, into I formation and  into spread (formations) without having to change personnel. That’s what makes them difficult,” said Hahnville head coach Daniel Luquet.

A Bourgeois defense that suffocated the Trojans plays a lot of man to man coverage, an aggressive approach that could lead to big plays, but will also be heavily tested by Hahnville’s strong receiving corps – Troy Kendrick, Corey Lorio and Dakota Williams have each established themselves as dangerous downfield weapons.

“With us, if you play us man to man, we’ve got the receivers to make big plays and get the ball downfield,” Luquet said.

Last season, Hahnville bested Bourgeois 35-7 to move to 8-0 on the season.

For Hahnville (4-1, 3-1), this week’s schedule is back to normal – knock on wood. The Tigers saw their matchup last week with Central Lafourche pushed back a day, from Friday night to an 11 a.m. start on Saturday afternoon. It marked the second time Hahnville played a game suddenly rescheduled due to storm-related concerns, the first coming in Week 2 where the Tigers faced Terrebonne on a Wednesday.

While prep teams tend to enjoy the comforts of playing at home – and on Friday nights, for that matter – Hahnville head coach Daniel Luquet said this is a group quickly learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

“This year has been anything but common,” said Luquet. “So we talk about this a lot, because of that we have to be uncommon as football players and as a football team. Last year, we had to do something similar when we played H.L. Bourgeois on a Saturday because of a storm. You have to be able to face the adversity and find a way to go with the flow and get it done.”

 

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