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Hahnville Tigers have productive outing in 49-7 win at Pearl River

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  • October 05, 2017 - 11:41pm

File photosAnthony Williams made the most of his limited playing time Thursday, rushing for 80 yards on eight carries with two touchdowns in a win over Pearl River.

Anthony “Pooka” Williams managed to find the end zone twice in limited action while the Hahnville passing game showed a little bit of life in the Tigers’ 49-7 non-district victory Friday night at Pearl River.

Williams managed to score twice while rushing for 80 yards on only eight attempts as the Tigers were able to rest their star running.

“We went out with a game plan of letting him play the first two series and then we shut him down. It was good because we were able to get some other guys some carries that needed that game kind of experience. We had five or six guys run the football,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said.

Meanwhile, Hahnville quarterback Jha’Quan Jackson was 3 of 4 passing for 52 yards with two touchdowns. As a team, the Tigers passed for 64 yards. Jackson also ran the ball twice for 22 yards and a touchdown.

“It was just stuff we needed to work on,” Saltaformaggio said of the passing game. “When you run the ball like we run it, the play-action pass stuff is there and it always will be big because people are crowding the line of scrimmage.”

The Tigers amassed 354 yards of total offense, including 290 rushing and 64 passing. Hahnville’s defense limited Pearl River to 212 yards, including 165 rushing and 47 passing.

After a tough slate of opponents and physical battles to open the season, the Tigers were able to rest not only Williams while giving playing time to younger players against Pearl River.

“We have really, really been battle tested. I was kind of questioning myself about the early schedule that we played but looking at it, we’ve come out of it somewhat healthy – we lost Logan Robert for the year, which is devastating because he is our best defender – but other than that, we are healthy. We were able to heal some wounds and get ready for these final four district games,” Saltaformaggio.

Hahnville (4-2) scored twice in each of the first two quarters to build a 28-0 halftime lead.

A 13-yard run by Jackson less than four minutes into the game and a Thomas Rasco conversion gave Hahnville a quick 7-0 lead.

Williams added the next two scores on a 2-yard run late in the first quarter and a 30-yard sprint at the 6:29 mark, of the second quarter for a 21-0 Hahnville lead and the running back’s night was done.

A 4-yard pass from Jackson to Brandon Johnson with 3:39 left in the second quarter gave Hahnville its 28-0 halftime lead. The score was the first touchdown pass of the season for the Tigers.

Hahnville added two more touchdowns in the third quarter to extend its lead to 42-0. Jackson tossed 9 yards to Michael Gray and Termon Nash scored on a 9-yard run for the Tigers.

Pearl River (4-2) avoided the shutout with a 2-yard run by quarterback Justin Dean with 6:38 left in the game against Tiger backups.

“We were playing everybody. It was almost kind of comical on the sideline because we were shuffling kids out by downs and it looked like a merry-go-round with the numbers going in and out of the game. Those kids don’t get an often to get out there on the playing field. Most of their time is spent on Wednesday nights in jayvee games. When you can get those guys in, it makes you better for the future. It makes you better for the immediate future because those kids are hungry when they get a little taste of it,” Saltaformaggio said.

Dean also was 4 of 7 passing for 47 yards while Courtney Moore topped Pearl River in rushing with 95 yards on 20 carries.

Hahnville closed out the scoring on a 50-yard run by Brandon Comardelle with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

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