District champion Hahnville Tigers – it’s a sweet sound to the ears of Nick Saltaformaggio.
“It’s great. I told the kids, ‘you worked hard for four years to get here,’” the Hahnville coach said after the Tigers’ 49-0 win over visiting H.L. Bourgeois on Friday night. “We got here four years ago and got this freshman group in and they stayed together. We kept getting closer and closer and closer and this year we broke through. It’s kind of where you want to be when that first senior group you inherited as freshmen come through.
“It’s a good night to be a Hahnville Tiger.”
Hahnville went through District 7-5A play undefeated at 6-0 while moving to 8-2 overall. The struggling Braves closed the season winless in the district play and 1-9 overall.
The Tigers scored 21 second-quarter points to lead 28-0 at halftime on the way to the triumph.
Hahnville won easily and was able to rest many of its top players in the process. Running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams had 11 carries and still managed to rush for 124 yards and three touchdowns.
“He will be pretty fresh going into the playoffs. He’s only had 18 carries the last two weeks,” Saltaformaggio said of Williams.
Termon Nash made the most of his opportunity, rushing four times for 40 and while also scoring three touchdowns.
“He’s really been coming on the last couple of weeks. We’ve tried not to give ‘Pooka’ so many carries and Termon has really come on and had some tremendous games for us,” said Saltaformaggio.
A 23-yard run by Williams gave Hahnville a 7-0 lead after one quarter.
Williams added a touchdown run of 26 yards in the second quarter while Nash scored on runs of 13 and 5 yards to give Hahnville its 28-0 halftime lead.
A 15-yard run by Williams to open the second half and a 13-yard score by Nash made it 42-0 after three quarters.
Hahnville, which had five backs rush for at least 40 yards in the game, closed out the scoring on a 6-yard run by Brandon Comardelle less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers’ defense held HLB to two first downs in the game, none in the opening half.
“When you play defense like that and you can run the ball and you can be sound in the kicking game, you have a chance to make a lot of hay in this tournament and that’s where we are,” Saltaformaggio said.