Running game keys Hahnville victory over West Jefferson

Hahnville rolled up more than 400 rushing yards and scored six times on the ground as it raced past visiting West Jefferson, 41-6.

Anthony Williams and Darryle Evans each scored twice to pace Hahnville. Jha'quan Jackson and Jace Meyers added scores for the Tigers (1-0), who led 28-6 at the half. 

For the second week in a row — counting its jamboree contest against Jesuit — Hahnville relentlessly pounded the defense via the run. The Tigers recorded no passing yards, but Jackson nonetheless made his presence known through his mobility, scoring the night’s first touchdown on a 39 yard run and giving the Warriors defense another dynamic threat to have to keep in check.

“That’s my kind of stat line, about 500 yards rushing and zero yards passing,” quipped Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio, ever the running game fanatic. “That (ability to run) is the kind of stuff that gets you in championship games.”

Williams led the way with 16 carries for 168 yards. He made it 14-0 later in the first quarter on a 44-yard touchdown run, then early in the second quarter it was sophomore Darryle Evans bursting for a 25-yard score to push Hahnville ahead 21-0.

Everything was clicking, Williams said.

“It was a very good start to the season,” he said. “Our line did what they had to do, our quarterback did what he had to do and our receivers blocked on the perimeter. Everyone accomplished what they had to (on their assignments).”

He said Jackson’s running ability helped create some open space for him.

“That opens it up a lot,” Williams said. “Once they start keying on him, that’s when I bust my runs. And line is still doing what they have to do and making way for him to make his own big runs.”

Hahnville led 28-0 before West Jefferson (0-1) got on the board on a Dijon Singleton touchdown reception from Wallace Lucas. But the Warriors couldn’t push further and Hahnville maintained control of the action.

“I thought they (the Hahnville defense) played great,” Saltaformaggio said. “I thought we completely shut the run down and kinda made them one dimensional. When you can do that and get pressure on quarterback, you’re gonna have a good night.”

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