Hahnville found some offense, particularly with its running game, allowing the Tigers to snap a four-game losing streak with a 33-7 non-district win Friday night over visiting Pearl River in Boutte.
“It just kind of validates the hard work we have been doing,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “That’s the big thing for us. Kids are kids, and although we have a lot of really good ones, they were just struggling with what was going on the last month. For us to get that win, just kind of validates our hard work.”
“We have a lot that we want to accomplish,” Saltaformaggio continued. “To keep them working hard, you have to give them something to feel good about. In sports, it’s about winning games and we were able to get one tonight and we go back to work and get ready for Thibodaux and try to put two together.”
Hahnville (2-4) rushed for 329 yards. Brandon Comardelle led the way with 209 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
“He was really, really good,” Saltaformaggio said of Comardelle. “He hit the perimeter and we blocked the perimeter pretty good tonight, which we hadn’t been doing a very good job of during the course of the year. When you are able to block the perimeter and you can spring a kid that’s got speed, you will get big runs, and that’s what we were able to do.”
The Tigers spread the carries and yards around. Dominique Curley rushed for 62 yards on seven attempts and scored a touchdowns. Jace Myers had 42 yards on five carries while scoring two touchdowns.
“Since we lost Darryle Evans early in the year, we are kind of a running back by committee football team. Even though Brandon is our bell cow, he’s a kid that needs to rest a little bit and not take that big pounding. We are fortunate with Curley and Meyers that they can come in and give us some good runs. Jace is more of an inside runner and Curley is another kid that can get to the perimeter,” Saltaformaggio said.
A 19-yard touchdown run by Comardelle with 32 seconds left in the first quarter and a 3-yard scoring run by Curley at the 2:10 mark of the second quarter staked the Tigers to a 14-0 halftime lead.
Comardelle scored less than two minutes into the second half as Hahnville extended its advantage to 21-0.
Hahnville scored twice more in the fourth quarter on a pair of touchdown runs by Myers to lead 33-0 with eight minutes still remaining in the game.
Pearl River (5-1) avoided the shutout when Cornelius Warren scored a touchdown with 3:32 remaining in the game. Warren finished with 140 yards on 31 carries.
Passing was not a factor for either team. Hahnville’s Drew Naquin was 3 of 6 passing for 41 yards while Pearl River’s Justin Dean was 1 of 8 for 14 yards.
Building the big league, Saltaformaggio said, allowed the Tigers to see game action against the Rebels.
“That was good that we were able to play a bunch of kids. Even though we are not the oldest guys around, to get those guys game experience bodes well for us in the future,” the Hahnville coach said.