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Normally-reliable kicking game hurts Hahnville in loss to Ehret

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  • September 09, 2017 - 3:45am

File photosAnthony "Pooka" Williams had another big outing with 176 yards rushing but it came in a losing cause as Hahnville fell to John Ehret 46-41 Friday night.

A normally reliable aspect of Hahnville’s team let the Tigers down in a big way in a 46-41 loss to John Ehret on Friday night at Hoss Memtsas Stadium in Harvey.

“If somebody told me we were going to lose a football game because of our kicking game, I would have laughed at him because we really, really work hard on our kicking game. Our kicking game let us down big-time,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said.

A glaring example came at the start of the second half.

Hahnville (1-1) managed a 21-19 halftime lead but it was quickly erased when Deron Coleman returned the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards for a touchdown.

Coleman also had a 75-yard return to set up another Patriots score.

“We tried to squib a couple of kicks and we couldn’t even do that right. We kicked it right to them. Our kicking game was really, really bad and it allowed them to have a short field the entire night,” said Saltaformaggio.

After Coleman’s kickoff return to open the second half gave Ehret a 26-21 lead, the Patriots extended their advantage on a 3-yard run by quarterback Travis Mumphrey for a 32-21 edge. Hahnville countered with a 3-yard run by Tigers quarterback Jha’Quan Jackson to make it 32-27.

Continuing a game-long pattern of trading scores, Ehret running back Terrell Brown, who rushed for 129 yards in the game, scored on a 10-yard run to make the score 39-27 entering the fourth quarter.

Jackson, who ran for 151 yards, scored on a 5-yard run to inch Hahnville to within five points at 39-34 less than a minute into the fourth quarter.

Brown countered with a 9-yard run to make it 46-34 with 7:32 left in the game.

Anthony “Pooka” Williams, who rushed for 176 yards, scored on an 11-yard run to make it 46-41 with 7:11 remaining in the contest.

Hahnville had a chance to pull ahead in the final two minutes but the Jackson was stopped on fourth-and-1. The Patriots managed to convert on fourth-and-1 on their final possession to run out the clock.

“The fourth-down play to keep the drive alive we didn’t get the ball to Anthony,” Saltaformaggio said. “We should have gotten the ball to Anthony. It’s just a learning process for all of us as we go forward with the season.”

Despite the loss, Saltaformaggio said the Tigers now know they can play with a team the caliber of Ehret.

“As crazy as it sounds in a loss, we belong with those guys. I just felt like our kids really, really competed against an excellent, excellent football team and we had a chance to win at the end,” the Hahnville coach said.

Ehret (2-0) rolled up 427 yards of total offense and Hahnville 380. Of the Tigers’ total, 344 came on the ground.

The Tigers again got little out of their passing game as Jackson was 2 of 6 for 36 yards.

“We have a wide receiver playing quarterback. He is getting better but on the flipside, we played John Ehret High School and we ran for 350 yards. We completed a couple of passes that got us some first downs and that’s how we are going to be. When you are running for 350, 400, 450 yards, I’ll take that every week,” Saltaformaggio said.

The only score in the first quarter came on a 22-yard run by Williams to give Hahnville a 7-0 lead.

Ehret scored three times on the second quarter – on a 28-yard pass from Mumphrey to Lorinzo Penn, and 18-yard run by Brown and a 75-yard run by Jamaal Houston. Houston’s touchdown run, which gave the Patriots a 19-12 lead, came after he scooped up a fumble by Brown.

Hahnville countered with two touchdowns in the second quarter. Williams had a 9-yard scoring run and Jackson scored from a yard out. Jackson’s touchdown with 27 seconds remaining gave the Tigers a 21-19 edge at the break.

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