In the aftermath of Hahnville’s triple-overtime loss to two-time defending Class 5A champion Rummel last week; first-year Tigers coach Nick Saltaformaggio said it would be a shame if his team didn’t learn from the experience.
What the Tigers learned is how to win in triple overtime. Austin Perrin scored on a 12-yard run to open the third overtime and Hahnville then stopped Landry-Walker, the second-ranked team in Class 4A, to take a 45-39 thriller Friday night in New Orleans.
Not only was it the second triple-overtime win for the Tigers in as many weeks, it also marked the second year in a row Hahnville played back-to-back overtime games. A year ago, the Tigers lost to Landry-Walker 13-7 in overtime in Week 3 before topping Thibodaux the following week 27-24 in overtime.
Against Landry-Walker on Friday, the Tigers led 27-21 until Javon Conner scored on an 8-yard run with 6:10 left in regulation to force overtime.
Perrin scored on a 1-yard run in the first overtime but the extra-point attempt failed, leaving the Tigers with a 33-27 edge. The Charging Buccaneers countered with a 9-yard pass touchdown pass by Li’Jon Cordier but Landry-Walker also missed the conversion kick to force a second overtime. Cordier finished 15 of 19 passing for 244 yards.
Landry-Walker (1-2) got the ball first in the second overtime and scored on a 4-yard run by Tevin Bush and the Charging Buccaneers again missed the extra point as Landry-Walker took a 39-33 lead.
Hahnville (2-1) answered on a 2-yard run by Perrin and another failed extra-point sent the game to a third overtime with the game tied 39-39.
After Hahnville moved ahead 45-39 in the third overtime, an unsportsmanlike penalty against the Charging Buccaneers forced Landry-Walker to begin possession at its own 25-yard line instead of the 10. On fourth down, Charging Buccaneers quarterback Keytaon Thompson fumbled, allowing the Tigers to claim the victory.
Hahnville won the game despite being outgained 486 to 268 in total yards as the Charging Buccaneers suffered two lost fumbles and had 17 penalties for 144 yards.
Landry-Walker took a 7-0 lead on a touchdown pass by Cordier before Hahnville scored three times in a span of a little more than three minutes to lead 20-7 after one quarter.
The first of many missed extra points in the game following Hahnville’s first score left the Tigers trailing 7-6. A Charging Buccaneers fumble on the ensuing kickoff gave the ball right back to Hahnville. A 19-yard pass from Mike Neal to Devonte’ Cravin gave the Tigers a 13-7 edge. Ricky Preston, who rushed for 111 yards in the game, broke loose on a 72-yard scamper to make it 20-7.
The teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter. A 4-yard run by Bush was countered by a 1-yard run by Neal as the Tigers took a 27-13 lead at halftime.
Landry-Walker inched closer at 27-21 on a 29-yard gallop by Thompson in the third quarter before forcing overtime on Connor’s 8-yard run with 6:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. Thompson led all rushers with 135 yards.