By Kamel Benyahia
Hahnville’s defense kept the Tigers in the game the end against Landry-Walker, and then some.
A defensive battle for four quarters ended with the score 7-7 in regulation and sent the contest into overtime.
The Charging Buccaneers got the ball first in overtime and promptly scored on a 15-yard run up the middle by Quintin McDonald for a 13-7 lead.
Hahnville (1-2) failed to answer when quarterback Logan Martindale’s pass was intercepted by Anthony Milton, preserving the six-point victory for Landry-Walker.
Earlier in the game, Milton caught a pass from Malcolm Wilson on a fake punt to keep a drive alive.
“Special teams was sloppy, offense was sloppy, we played good defense,” Hahnville coach Lou Valdin said. “Special teams killed us and offense killed us. We could not run the football, could not throw the football and could not protect the quarterback.”
Landry-Walker’s fake punt kept its opening drive alive as the Charging Buccaneers reached the Hahnville 9-yard line before fumbling the ball away.
Hahnville mounted a drive in the second quarter, eventually facing fourth-and-1 from the Landry-Walker 12. Lynn Simmons was stopped for no gain as the Tigers turned the ball over on downs.
A failed fake punt attempt set up Hahnville’s only score of the game. An incomplete pass by the Charging Buccaneers on the fake gave the Tigers the ball at the Landry-Walker 9-yard line.
Hahnville capitalized when Logan Martindale tossed 7 yards to tight end Tyler Lamers and Craig Ford added the extra point for a 7-0 Tigers lead with 11 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Martindale started at quarterback in place of Dylan Keller, who missed the game with an injured shoulder.
Landry-Walker answered to tie the game with 7:05 left in the fourth quarter. Hahnville gave Landry-Walker good field position after a short punt from its own 18-yard line. Li’Jon Carter scored on a 1-yard sneak and Milton to tie the game.
Hahnville had a chance to win the game in regulation in the final two minutes. Ford missed a field goal attempt, but a roughing-the-kicker penalty gave him another shot. His second attempt missed from 26 yards to eventually send the game to overtime.
The roughing penalty was one of 15 called against Landry-Walker for 95 yards.