Hahnville rolled to its fourth straight win Friday night as it rolled past Central Lafourche for a 49-24 victory at Tiger Stadium.
Central Lafourche was largely playing for its playoff hopes and the Trojans came out with intensity. Quarterback Jake Allemand kept the Trojans on the move for much of the night, but Hahnville turned to its running game to ultimately keep control of the action.
“Hats off to Central Lafourche,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “I thought the design of their passing game, they did a really great job with it. I knew all week, looking at film, because of the things they do passing the ball, we’d give up some yards and scores. But I felt if we were the more physical team, we’d come out of it with the win.”
Central took an early 6-0 lead on Allemand’s touchdown pass to David Robinson Jr.
“They hit a lot in the intermediate game,” Saltaformaggio said. “They passed about 45 times. A lot of 8-10-12 yarders. Those guys run very good routes and those receivers have good hands.”
Hahnville (6-2, 3-1) fired back on its ensuing possession, driving down to the 2-yard line and scoring on a run by Austin Perrin. That drive was highlighted by a long run by Devonte Clark.
Central Lafourche (4-4, 0-4) drove down the field again and set up for a field goal attempt, but missed to give the ball back to Hahnville just before the end of the first quarter.
Anthony Williams took over from there, scoring a pair of second quarter touchdowns to extend Hahnville’s lead to 21-6.
Perrin connected with Jamel Byrd for a 36-yard touchdown passing play to make it 28-6 at halftime.
Central Lafourche fought back within 10 in the second half, but Williams’ third touchdown of the night made it a three score game again, 35-18. Hahnville controlled the action from there to put away the win.
Michael Gray capped the night for the Tigers by returning a kick for a score — though Saltaformaggio admitted it wasn’t by design.
“We had our hands team out there. We didn’t have a return on,” he said with a chuckle. “He had a little trouble fielding it, but he got loose. It was the prettiest ugly play ever.”
The Tigers haven’t lost a regular season game after the season’s midpoint in any of Saltaformaggio’s three seasons with the team, the Tigers a perfect 13-0 in Weeks 6-10 during that span.
“It was a big win for our seniors. Our sixth of the year, which means no matter what happens from here on, you go out a winner. That said, our goals are bigger. We’ve got plenty ahead of us. The way we’re playing, I think we’ll be a team people have to take note of in the playoffs.”
Hahnville will hit the road next week to face off with H.L. Bourgeois. The teams will face off on Thursday night.