Hahnville trailed only 8-3 after one quarter before Edna Karr exploded for 19 points in the second quarter to build a 27-10 halftime lead to hand the Tigers a 41-13 home defeat.
The Cougars’ big second quarter started with Jarrell Bennett’s 80-yard touchdown run to extend Karr’s lead to 14-3. Devante Noil tossed touchdown passes of 20 yards to Rasheed Davis and 21 yards to Standish Dobard for a 27-3 lead.
“We blew some coverges,” said Hahnville coach Lou Valdin. “We lined up wrong on defense, and anytime you do that against a team like Karr, you’re going to give up big plays. Basically it just came down to the fact they were bigger and faster than us. We couldn’t catch them and they owned the line of scrimmage.”
Hahnville’s first touchdown of the season came on a 1-yard run by Lynn Simmons late in the second quarter to make the score 27-10 at halftime.
The only points of the third quarter came on a 35-yard Craig Ford field goal before Karr (1-0) scored the final two touchdowns of the game on a 50-yard run by Noil and a 3-yard run by Shawn Evans.
Noil, who accounted for four touchdowns in the game, scored on an 83-yard scamper in the first quarter and Elcee Refuge added a two-point conversion run to stake Karr to an early 8-0 lead. A 38-yard Ford field goal provided the Tigers (0-1) with their first points of the season and made the score 8-3 after one quarter.
“It’s a process,” said Valdin. “It’s a long season. We got eight more (games). We just go back to work. That’s a good football team. There’s a reason why they’re in the Superdome the last two years. That’s where we want to be right there, we got a long way to go.”
Up next for the Tigers is an encounter with Lutcher.
“I’m curious to see how we’re going to bounce back. You find out a lot about your players through a loss like this. You find out how much pride they have and how bad they want to come back and redeem themselves at home,” Valdin said.