The Nick Saltaformaggio coaching era at Hahnville started off with a bang as the Tigers dominated the Salmen Spartans in the season opener.
Hahnville put on an impressive performance from the very first play of the game, a stuff on the kickoff forcing Salmen to start from their own three-yard line.
In fact, Hahnville did not punt for the entire first half and after quickly stopping Salmen’s first drive, began a series of touchdowns starting with a one-yard dive by senior A-back Bradley Aucoin, which was followed by another scoring series spurred by a spectacular one handed grab by senior wide receiver Brandon Singleton for 39-yards that led to a 16-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Mike Neal on the next play.
Junior B-back Devonte’ Cravin got off to a great start with a 53-yard run to end the first quarter and came back out with a 27-yard touchdown run to begin the second quarter and bring the score to 21-0.
However, Hahnville hit a snag when they received the first of several penalties on the night to negate a long punt return by Singleton. Despite the miscue A-back Norquell Flowers peeled off a 32-yard run to set up another short dive by Aucoin for a touchdown to make the score 27-0.
Another long punt return by Singleton and a kickoff return for a touchdown by A-back Rickey Preston would also be called back on penalties against the Tigers later in the game. Also, with little over a minute left in the first half back-to-back penalties on Hahnville’s defense, including a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct call, led to a 16-yard passing by Salmen’s senior quarterback Ray Crochet to put the Spartans on the board 27-7.
To start off the second half Preston picked up a 27-yard run and then dove over his offensive line for a one-yard touchdown and followed it up with a two-point conversion to make the score 35-7, which would be Hahnville's last score of the night.
Salmen tried to mount a comeback relying on Crochet’s quick release throwing action, which led to several short completions and a 39-yard touchdown strike in the top of the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 35-14. Meanwhile, Hahnville played the entire fourth quarter with their second team offense, led by sophomore quarterback Austin Perrin, running off the clock.
Although Hahnville’s defense played well overall, stuffing Salmen’s run offense early on and holding them to several three and outs, they ended up allowing Crochet several completions and a few big passing plays. In addition, Hahnville’s pass rush was mostly ineffective and only successful in breaking up a few of Crochet’s passes. However, senior cornerback Jamonte Williams would pick up an interception in the end zone to ice the game with less than two minutes left in the contest.
Hahnville next faces Rummel at home on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.