Anthony Williams scored three touchdowns and Hahnville rolled up 40 points or more for the fifth straight game as the Tigers romped to a 43-19 District 7-5A victory at H.L. Bourgeois Friday night. The Tigers took an early 21-3 lead in the first half thanks in part to two Williams touchdown runs and were never were truly challenged in the win, Hahnville’s fifth straight.
“We did come out focused,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “We struggled a little defensively. We went to our goalline package in the first half to stop their run game. Sometimes you’ve gotta mix and match to find a way. We scored over 40 once again … as long we’re playing good offense like this, you can win when you give up three touchdowns if you’re scoring six.”
Austin Perrin ran in a touchdown on fourth down as time expired in the first half to push Hahnville (7-2, 4-1) to a 28-6 halftime advantage.
Bourgeois (3-6, 1-4) marched down the field early in the third quarter and scored on Jeremy Authement’s 1-yard touchdown run to make it 28-12 and a potentially two-possession game. But Williams and the Hahnville special teams took care of that on the ensuing kickoff, Williams getting loose for a return score to push the lead to 36-12, effectively slamming the door.
Devonte Clark ran in a touchdown to make it a 30-point game, while Jamar Davis and Hunter LeBlanc each intercepted passes to end Braves’ drives in the second half.
Saltaformaggio said going to the goalline alignment in different spots early in the game wasn’t something the Tigers would ordinarily like to do, but the running of quarterback Jude LeCompte was creating issues early on.
“We wouldn’t have liked to have done that if we could help it,” Saltaformaggio said. “(LeCompte) is a good football player. We couldn’t handle him one bit. We had some alignment issues. But it changed things up a bit and slowed him down.”
A win next week, Saltaformaggio believes, will cement a top 10 seed in the Class 5A playoffs and potentially a slot as high as 5. The test will be a tough one—Thibodaux, which plays Destrehan on Friday night in a battle of teams unbeaten in district play.
“We’ll see what they do against Destrehan. Saw them last week against St Augustine and they’ve got some good players,” Saltaformaggio said. “I think we’re a top 10 seed already, but hoping we can jump up there pretty high with a win.”