River Parish Football

News Archives in December 2017

Lack of passing game catches up with Tigers in title game loss

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Recap
  • Team:
  • Hahnville
  • Posted:
  • 12/9/17 6:37pm

NEW ORLEANS - Someone finally forced Hahnville to throw the football and someone kept Anthony “Pooka” Williams from breaking any highlight reel-type runs. That someone was Zachary and the Broncos are state champs for the second time in three years. Zachary spotted Hahnville an early 7-0 lead but built a 27-7 halftime advantage on its way to a 34-14 victory to capture the Class 5A state title Saturday night at the Superdome. &ldquo... Keep Reading

West St. John claims 1A State Championship with 20-14 win

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Recap
  • Team:
  • West St. John
  • Posted:
  • 12/7/17 6:30pm

NEW ORLEANS - Yes, defense still wins championships. In an age of high-powered scoring machines featuring spread offenses, the old adage of defense winning championships was never more on display than in West St. John’s 20-14 victory over Kentwood in the Class 1A title game Thursday afternoon in the Superdome. Offense was hard to come by as two championship-caliber defenses squared off. West St. John’s defense actually built the Rams’... Keep Reading

Offensive line leads the way for potent Hahnville rushing attack

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • Hahnville
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  • 12/7/17 7:32am

If ever an offensive line could be defined as “eclectic” it would be the group of blockers for the Hahnville Tigers in 2017. It’s not like the entire group has been together since junior high. Some have been around a long time, others are relative new to the position and they vary in experience and size. Like most offensive lines, taken individually, they might not be remarkable. Put them together as a... Keep Reading

Tenth-seeded Tigers now one win away from claiming state title

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Preview
  • Team:
  • Hahnville
  • Posted:
  • 12/6/17 8:57pm

Hahnville trailed Acadiana by 14 points on four occasions in the Tigers’ Class 5A semifinal road game last week. The third such occasion came with Hahnville trailing 21-7 to start the second half and the Tigers perhaps in need of a little divine intervention – and the special talents of Anthony “Pooka” Williams “This is how I know there is a God in Heaven,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio recalled in almost... Keep Reading

West St. John’s Iron Men getting job done on both sides of ball

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  • Feature Story
  • Team:
  • West St. John
  • Posted:
  • 12/6/17 8:24am

They may not be superheroes, but they sure are West St. John’s Iron Men. Players such as Jayuan Pierce, Kyree Thorne, Kelon Gardner and Covan Barnes are among an elite group of throwback players who see action on both sides of the football and rarely leave the game. Pierce and Thorne are primarily offensive line starters who sub on defense and Gardner and Barnes are defensive line starters who enter the game in... Keep Reading

Kentwood final challenge in WSJ’s quest for state championship

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Preview
  • Team:
  • West St. John
  • Posted:
  • 12/5/17 5:47pm

The West St. John Rams really seem to like a challenge. In order to reach Thursday’s Class 1A state championship game, West St. John had to get past a Logansport team that was the defending state champion and riding a 27-game winning streak. “We get a quality opponent like Logansport, who are on a high with a 27-game winning streak that was all those kids (Rams players) needed to hear: ‘you... Keep Reading

West St. John knocks off defending champs to advance to Superdome

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Recap
  • Team:
  • West St. John
  • Posted:
  • 12/1/17 11:51pm

Except for a 26-second span late in the first half, West St. John dominated its Class 1A semifinal game Friday night against visiting Logansport, the defending state champions. Because of that 26-second span, what appeared a likely three-touchdown lead for the Rams at halftime suddenly became a precarious 21-12 edge for West St. John at the break. That gave an even greater urgency to the opening possession of the third quarter. West St. John had... Keep Reading

Two-point conversion in overtime sends Hahnville to title game

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  • Feature Story
  • Game Recap
  • Team:
  • Hahnville
  • Posted:
  • 12/1/17 11:14pm

The legend of "Pooka" just grew exponentially. As if three straight 300+ rushing yard playoff performances hadn't already solidified Hahnville's Anthony "Pooka" Williams as the most dynamic player in the state, his heroics in the 5A State Semifinals which included 212 rushing yards, three more touchdowns (including a 99-yard kickoff return), and a walk-off game-winning two-point conversion led Hahnville into the 5A State Championship Game with a 43-42 overtime win at Acadiana. "All I was... Keep Reading