Tigers face stingy defense in journey toward playoffs

Hahnville struggled early in the first quarter against H.L. Bourgeois last week, which Tiger head coach Nick Saltaformaggio attributes to bad blocking.

The Tigers, however, overcame the shortcomings and rolled over H.L. Bourgeois, 58-8, on their way to a playoff spot.

Hahnville sophomore quarterback Austin Perrin threw three touchdowns in the victory and ran for 77 yards and a touchdown. Tiger receiver Brandon Singleton caught three touchdown passes and defensive back Jai Knight returned an interception 54 yards to add to the Tiger lead.

Hahnville’s dominance was such that Saltaformaggio said he had one of the first opportunities all season to give some of his second-string defensive players time to play in the game, beginning at the start of the fourth quarter. Though no single player stood out, he was pleased with how the younger players performed overall.

“We almost had the shutout,” Saltaformaggio said. “But sometimes that’s not as important as getting these young guys in the game.”

Bourgeois scored its first and only touchdown in the fourth quarter, followed by a successful two-point conversion.On Friday, the Tigers will look for their fourth straight win when they host Central Lafourche. Central Lafourche is 4-4 on the season and 2-3 in district play with wins over Terrebonne and H.L. Bourgeois.

Central Lafourche is averaging 24 points per game while giving up nearly 24 points per game.

Going into next week, Saltaformaggio said he’s concerned about Central Lafourche’s blitz-heavy defense. He said, however, that heavy blitzing might lead to some great offensive opportunities for the Tigers.

“The thing about blitzing the option is, if [the defense guesses] wrong, it’s going to be a big play [for the offense],” Saltaformaggio said.

Hahnville has been prolific in its last two games in generating turnovers. The Tigers have put points on the board off of interceptions and gained good field position by forcing fumbles.

This defense now faces a Central Lafourche team that, Saltaformaggio said, does not turn the ball over.“The have a very good scheme, they’re well coached,” he said.

Central Lafourche also has some playmakers on offense.Last week, Central Lafourche running back Thomas Wesley scored three rushing touchdowns and caught a score in his team’s 42-28 victory over Terrebonne. Wesley had 266 total yards in the game.

Saltaformaggio warned that the Trojans were in a similar position to Hahnville, fighting for a playoff berth in the coming postseason.

“It doesn’t matter how big or how small, how fast or how slow. I’m concerned every week,” Saltaformaggio said.Hahnville hosts Central Lafourche on Friday, Oct. 31, with kickoff at 7 p.m.


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