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Improved passing makes HHS more dynamic in 41-13 win

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  • October 14, 2017 - 10:26am

File photosHahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said he is hoping his team is getting more dynamic after topping 100 yards passing Friday in the Tigers' win at Thibodaux.

Hahnville seems to be clicking in all the right areas going into the stretch drive of the 2017 season.

HHS topped 40 points in a game for the fifth time this season, continued to run the ball and threw it a little while not allowed Thibodaux to score until the second half in taking a 41-13 road in District 7-5A action Friday night.

Running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams rushed for 140 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns while quarterback Jha’Quan Jackson rushed for 69 yards in two scores.

“They have gotten us where we are right now and I don’t see any reason not to keep riding that horse,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said of his prolific running duo.

Jackson was 3 of 5 passing for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

“We really didn’t have to pass the ball. The balls we threw were balls we weren’t completing earlier in the year. It was good to see us start to complete those balls. It will make us more dynamic,” said Saltaformaggio.

Hahnville improved to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in district play. Coupled with East St. John’s 36-28 win over Terrebonne, a showdown is in the making for next Friday’s game between Hahnville and East St. John in Reserve. The Wildcats are 4-3 overall and 2-1 in district play.

“We feel good with where we are right now. We know next week is a big game and if we can win next week, it will put us in the driver’s seat the last two weeks. Hahnville hasn’t won a district championship since 2012. We have an opportunity that if we finish the season out, not only will we be the district champions but we will have a really, really nice seed for the state playoffs,” Saltaformaggio said.

Against Thibodaux, the St. Charles Parish-based Tigers allowed THS quarterback Demarcus Mitchell to rush for 140 yards but he was limited to seven completions in 24 passing attempts for 93 yards.

“We knew he was going to be a run threat. A lot of his yards were quarterback scramble-type plays,” Saltaformaggio said of Mitchell. “We felt like if we could make him run the ball and not let any of the other running backs hurt us and get him in passing situations and slow the rush down to where he had to throw it, we would be in pretty good shape. That’s pretty much the way it played out. The long runs he had on us were quarterback scrambles on third and long. To his credit, they were able to keep drives alive because of his feet but we never let him throw the deep ball downfield and we didn’t let any of the other running backs get on track.”

Thibodaux dropped to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in district play.

The Lafourche Parish-based Tigers opened the game with a drive in which they converted on three-straight third-down conversions but came away with no points when Hahnville blocked a field-goal attempt.

“We ended up blocking a field goal and it was huge momentum swing for us and then we were able to get the ball go down and score. The quarter ran out and we just took control in the second quarter,” Saltaformaggio said.

A 40-yard run by Jackson gave Hahnville a 7-0 lead after one quarter before exploding for 20 in the second quarter to pull away for a 27-0 halftime lead.

Jackson had an 8-yard touchdown run and tossed scoring passes of 61 yards to Daryle Evans and 29 yards to tight end Noah Zeringue to give Hahnville its halftime lead.

Hahnville extended its lead to 34-0 on a 48-yard run before Thibodaux came up with its first score of the game with 1:20 left in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Derrick Sullivan to make it 34-7.

An 18-yard run by Williams with 38 seconds left in the third quarter made it 41-7 before Thibodaux came up with the only score in the fourth quarter on a 14-yard run by Saharold Holmes with 9:42 left in the game.

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.

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