By Evan Pelas
Both the Hahnville Tigers and the Higgins Hurricanes went into Friday knowing that their performances in this game could be the deciding factor in whether or not they make the playoffs. Each team played a physical game, but mid-game adjustments by Hahnville proved to be the difference as the Tigers went on to a 21-0 victory.
The difference on the night was the Hahnville defense, which not only held the Hurricanes scoreless, but caused six turnovers – five fumbles and an interception. It wasn’t the quantity of the turnovers the Tigers’ defense caused, but the key moments in which they occurred, killing any momentum that Higgins may have had.
“Hats off to our defense,” said Hahnville head coach Lou Valdin. “They played stellar tonight. Higgins is a good football team. They’re very physical, they’ve got a good offensive line, you know. But we played pretty hard on defense tonight. We bent a little bit but we didn’t break. And, you know, thank goodness Higgins can’t throw the ball.”
Leading the ground attack for Hahnville was Sergio Medina, who had 24 carries for 190 yards and two touchdowns. While the Tigers were very dependent on the running game throughout the night, they did have some success down the field. Quarterback Easton Melancon was 2 of 4 for 35 yards and a touchdown to wide receiver Ricky Preston.
One of the few bright spots on offense for Higgins was running back Theron Williams who had 31 carries for 193 yards. The passing game for the Hurricanes struggled all night against the stout Hahnville defense as both Rhyidh Wilson and Jordan Joseph combined for one completion for attempts for 16 yards.
“Well what we did was we were trying to stop the option game,” said Valdin when asked about defensive adjustments made during the game. “They starting running more power, so what we did was put a bigger line up in there. So we moved more defensive lineman inside and moved some linebackers outside and that kind of helped a little bit. We kind of knew where they were running. They were going to run behind (number) 73, so we made sure we kind of shifted his way, so we just put some bigger guys in the box.”