It was an absolute shootout at Tiger Stadium Friday night.
Hahnville and visiting Terrebonne went back and forth all night long in their District 7-5A showdown, but the Tigers made just a few more big plays in a 52-35 victory.
Anthony Williams scored four touchdowns – one on a punt return late that all but sealed the victory – while Jha'quan Jackson scored twice and Daryle Evans scored another touchdown.
It was the first loss of the season for Terrebonne (4-1, 0-1).
“We needed to get it,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “They were the fourth ranked power point team in the state. I think we were 39th coming in, so we need to get these wins. We got a lot of points tonight.
“They’re gonna win more games. That’s the best Terrebonne team I’ve seen since I’ve been here. Their quarterback is excellent, he keeps plays alive. That’s a good football team.”
That said, neither team could contain the other's running game, something that clearly left Saltaformaggio greatly concerned in the game's aftermath.
“It was ugly,” he said. “You don't win a lot of games playing defense like we did tonight. Our offense really carried us. Terrebonne's got good skill kids … but we tackled very, very poorly tonight.”
Hahnville led 21-20 at halftime and came out the locker room in the third quarter hot, with Williams getting loose on a 61-yard touchdown run to make it 28-20 with 10:22 left in the quarter.
After a HHS defensive stop, Thomas Rasco added three more to Hahnville's total on a 26-yard field goal to give his team some breathing room at 31-20.
Terrebonne answered on a 15-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ja'hki Douglas, who keyed the THS offense all night. That made it 31-28 with 10 minutes left in the final period.
A strong Jamel Byrd kickoff return – Terrebonne kicked away from Williams all night – set HHS up at the Terrebonne 48. Williams rushed for a 33 yard touchdown to make it a 10-point game again.
Terrebonne was backed up against its own goalline on the ensuing possession, and an apparent defensive touchdown by Hahnville's Dylan DeJean on a fumble recovery in the endzone was waved off. The points quickly were added back to the scoreboard when Williams returned a THS punt for a touchdown to make it 45-28.
Each team added a touchdown from there to round out the scoring.
Douglas rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two more to pace Terrebonne. Keshawn James also rushed for a touchdown.