With only seconds left to go in the game and John Ehret seven yards from tying the score, the Hahnville defense held tough and forced an incomplete pass on fourth down to seal the 28-21 Tiger win on Friday night.
John Ehret took an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter, but Hahnville battled back thanks to a 48-yard run by Ernest Thompson that gave the Tigers their first lead at 7-6. Hahnville extended the lead in the second after Thompson again broke through the John Ehret defense for a 25-yard gain to the 5-yard line.
Travis Faucheaux punched it in from there to give Hahnville a 14-6 advantage.
But with only 2:14 left until the break, John Ehret used a powerful run game to drive 80-yards down the field and score. After a successful two-point conversion, Ehret tied the game at 14-14.
But the Tigers weren’t done yet.
Quarterback Easton Melancon drove Hahnville to the Ehret 20 and then found Ronny Green in the end zone to put Hahnville up 21-14.
Hahnville would extend their lead early in the fourth quarter thanks to three big runs by Thompson and a 20-yard pass from Melancon to Jaylon Bryant. Full back Mike Ford carried the ball to the 5-yard line, and Thompson bulled his way through the Ehret line a play later to give the Tigers a 28-14 lead.
But Ehret answered right back, turning a short pass into a 76-yard touchdown to cut the Tiger lead to 28-21.
Hahnville drove right back into Ehret territory, but Thompson fumbled on the 25-yard line and Ehret marched right down the field. When Ehret got to the 7-yard line, the Tiger defense sprung into action, forcing three incompletions to seal the win.
With the win, the Tigers are now tied for first place in their district with Higgins and John Ehret. All teams are 3-1. Hahnville faces Destrehan next Friday.
Destrehan 14 Higgins 18
Destrehan suffered their seventh-straight loss and remained winless in district play after falling to Higgins 18-14 Friday night.
The Wildcats looked sharp to open the game, scoring on their first drive after a 26-yard touchdown run by Kevin Smith only two minutes into the game.
But Bonnabel came right back on their first offensive series. Quarterback Roy Bauer connected with Troy Lilly for a 43-yard gain to the Destrehan 17-yard line. Though a penalty moved Bonnabel back to the 27, they would eventually score on Bauer’s 15-yard touchdown toss.
Destrehan blocked the extra point to remain in front 7-6 with 4:59 left in the first quarter.
The Wildcats increased their lead a few minutes later while facing 4th and 5 from their own 34. Smith took the handoff, ran around the left end and sped 34-yards for his second touchdown of the game. That score put the Wildcats on top 14-6 with 1:18 left in the first quarter.
The Wildcats wouldn’t score again.
In the second, Bonnabel quarterback Ryan Evans found Lilly in the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown, but the Bruins missed the extra point and Destrehan remained in the lead at 14-12.
The Bruins would take the lead for good on a freak play that occurred with only seconds left to go until halftime.
With 2 seconds on the clock, Destrehan quarterback Donovan Isom launched a deep pass to the Bonnabel 25, but the ball was caught and fumbled. Bonnabel defensive back Arthur Maulet scooped up the ball and ran 70-yards for a touchdown to put his team up 18-14.
Neither team would score in the second half.
The loss dropped Destrehan to 2-7 on the season and 0-4 in district play.