Hahnville trailed 7-0 but dominated the rest of the way Friday night in its home opener, toppling Patterson 38-7.
“We got our offense rocking in the second half,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “Our four running backs, they’re each very good, and tonight they were each ready to go get it. Defensively, we held them without a first down for a stretch, I think, of a quarter and a half. So I’m pretty happy with the complete effort.”
Patterson took a quick 7-0 lead after Sirbastian Crovetto’s14-yard touchdown pass to Nehemiah Augustus midway through the first quarter.
From that point on, it was all Hahnville. Thomas Rasco’s 28-yard field goal put HHS on the board with 45 seconds left in the first quarter.
With 7:37 left in the first half, the Tigers found the momentum play it needed to take the lead, and control of the game, when Mike Neal dialed up Michael Gray for an 81-yard touchdown strike to make it a 10-7 Tigers advantage.
Just before halftime, Neal threw another long touchdown pass, this one to Anthony Williams, who scored from 61 yards out to make it 17-7 at the half.
“He gave us the spark we needed,” Saltaformaggio said. “He’s Brandon Singleton’s cousin, so you know he’s got good bloodlines.”
On Hahnville’s first play of the third quarter, Davante Clark dropped a decisive hammer on the Lumberjacks, breaking a 57-yard touchdown run to make it 24-7, 18 seconds into the second half. Hahnville scored two more third quarter touchdowns, on a 3-yard run by Williams and a 49-yard Neal to Comardelle pass.
Devonte Clark rushed for 71 yards on seven carries while Drew Dunn rushed for 70 yards on 14 carries to lead Hahnville. Anthony Williams totaled 90 yards combined rushing and receiving on 12 touches. Neal completed 4 of 9 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns.
Hahnville outgained Patterson 411-237 in total yardage. The Tigers did not commit a turnover on the night.
To see the photo gallery from the night’s action, visit https://www.heraldguide.com/siphotos/2015/09/11/hhs-vs-phs.