- Feature Story
- Game Recap
- RPF Staff
- September 30, 2017 - 4:32am
When Hahnville rushed for 425 yards in a 41-6 season-opening win over West Jefferson in which HHS had no yards through the air, even Nick Saltaformaggio was wondering just how many times his team could continue to put up those kind of rushing numbers will little or no passing yards.
Well, Hahnville just continues to run the ball for video game-like numbers despite the lack of a passing attack.
The latest case in point was the 511 rushing yards Hahnville produced Friday night against visiting Terrebonne as Anthony “Pooka” Williams again led the way with 287 yards and four touchdowns in HHS’ 52-35 victory.
“It helps to have Anthony but the unsung guys are our offensive front,” Saltaformaggio said. “They really are playing at a very high level. They are excellent athletes for being big guys. Pooka is going to run and get his yards because he is just different than everybody else in the state. Jha’Quan (Jackson) gets a bunch of yards. Daryle Evans comes in and pops a great run. Michael Gray picks up some yards running it.
“We’re still trying to throw it. Our sprint-out pass game becomes quarterback runs because Jha’Quan is such a threat with his feet. As long as we can do it, we will keep doing it. People keep telling me you will have to throw it but we haven’t had to throw, yet.”
Williams added a punt return for a score to go with his four rushing touchdowns on 26 carries while Jackson finished with 173 yards and a touchdown.
The Terrebonne Parish-based Tigers were no slouches when it came to running the ball. Ja’khi Douglas rushed for 124 yards, Keshawn James 122 and Chaz Ward 95 in a back-and-forth scoring affair until Hahnville pulled away in the second half.
“Ja’khi Douglas, Keshawn James and Chaz Ward, I knew looking at them on film they were really, really good. There is no denying their skill. They punched us right back,” Saltaformaggio said.
The teams traded scores throughout the first half with Hahnville eventually taking a 21-20 lead at halftime.
Hahnville’s first half scores came on touchdown runs of 14 and 4 yards by Williams and a 72-yard sprint by Jackson. Terrebonne countered with touchdown runs by Douglas and James along with a touchdown pass.
Hahnville gained a bit of distance by scoring the only points of the third quarter on a 61-yard run by Williams and a 26-yad Thomas Rasco field goal to lead 31-20.
A 10-yard run by Douglas with 10 minutes left in the game, plus a two-point conversion, allowed Terrebonne to close the gap to three points at 31-28.
Hahnville built a lead of 17 points on two different occasions, adding its final score on a 29-yard run by Evans with 39 seconds left in the game HHS outscored Terrebonne 31-15 in the second half.
“I was concerned about how good their skilled kids were and I needed to be. They lived up to their billing. This is a very good Terrebonne team,” Saltaformaggio said.