Hahnville rushed for 425 yards in taking a 41-6 season-opening win Friday night over visiting West Jefferson.
“It’s kind of a Coach Salt stat line – 425 yards on the ground and nothing in the air. Needless to say, I am pretty happy,” Tigers coach Nick Saltaformaggio said.
The rushing yardage was spread around as running back Anthony Williams ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, quarterback Jha’Quan Jackson added 103 yards and a touchdown, with sophomore running back Daryle Evans chipping in 95 yards and two touchdowns.
“What was good tonight is that we found us another football player in Daryle Evans,” Saltaformggio said. “It’s allowing us to get some of the carries off of Anthony. We were actually able to rest Anthony some during the course of the game. Darryl Evans is becoming a weapon for us and when you are able to find that kind of depth, it really makes live for a football coach easier.”
“There were times last week when people thought we were going to be just a two-man team – and I thought we were going to be a two-man team. Darryl stepped up and we also had a nice run by another sophomore, Brandon Comardelle, later in the game,” the Hahnville coach added.
Defensively, the Tigers held West Jefferson to 18 yards on 27 carries and only 120 passing.
“They have tremendous skilled kids. They are long and athletic at receiver so it was kind of a tough matchup for us because we are not particularly tall in the secondary but our kids held up well,” Saltaformaggio said.
Hahnville scored touchdowns in each of the first two quarters to jump out to a 28-0 lead.
A 39-yard touchdown run by Jackson at the 8:53 mark of the opening quarter and a 43-yard score by Williams with 5:45 showing gave the Tigers a 14-0 advantage.
Evans added touchdown runs of 25 and 9 yards in the second quarter to give Hahnville it’s 28-0 lead.
The Buccaneers made it 28-6 right before halftime on a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Wallace Lucas to DiJon Singleton.
Williams added an 11-yard run in the third quarter while Jayce Myers scored from 6 yards out in the fourth quarter for the 41-6 final.
The Tigers didn’t throw because they didn’t have to as Jackson was 0 of 2 through the air.
The strong running attack and lack of passing worked against West Jefferson, but the Tigers will have to pass the ball as the season progresses, according to Saltaformaggio.
“That kind of concerns me,” the Hahnville coach said. “We know the next couple of weeks we are not going to run for 425 yards against the three teams we play. I hope we do. If we do that, I will be a pretty happy camper. We know there will be points in the season where people will load up the box and try to defend the run. The strength of our football team is our offensive line and so long as those guys can keep grinding those holes for us, we will keep running the ball but we have to find some passing identity.”