Early mistakes and missed scoring opportunities proved to be too much for Hahnville as the Tigers lost to Brother Martin 37-20 Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.
Trailing 20-0 at halftime, the Tigers fought back to within in 10 points at 23-13 with 10:48 left in the game before a flurry of quick points in the final two minutes helped to account for the 37-20 final.
“Our kids fought hard and they didn’t leave anything on the field and I couldn’t be prouder of the way we played the second half,” said Mike Silva, Hahnville’s interim head football coach.
Brother Martin (2-1) extended its halftime lead to 23-0 on a 30-yard Jack Landry field goal at the 4:46 mark of the third quarter before the Tigers began to rally.
Sophomore quarterback Drew Naquin tossed touchdown passes of 70 yards to Jerry Spencer and 14 yards to Jha’quan Jackson to make it 23-13 early in the fourth quarter.
That would prove to be as close as the Tigers (1-2) would get.
“With about five or six minutes to go in the fourth quarter, we drive to their 30 down 23-13 with a chance to make it a closer game and we get a penalty that puts us behind the chains and we were never able to recover from it,” Silva said.
Naquin, who was 11 of 24 passing for 165 yards with two touchdowns and one interception had some jitters early in the game, losing three fumbles.
“We had a couple of chances to get on the board early. We played with a sophomore quarterback tonight and he fumbled three snaps in the first half. Two were in big, clutch situations on a third-and-1 and a fourth-and-1 and we didn’t get anything out of it. One time we were inside their 20 and chance to score and we come away with nothing,” said Silva.
A 1-yard run by Christopher Smith gave Brother Martin a 7-0 lead after one quarter.
Brother Martin scored twice in the second quarter on a 10-yard run by Davonn Moore and an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Martin to L.J. Gilyot to take its 20-point halftime lead.
With Brother Martin leading 23-13, the teams combined for three touchdowns in the final 1:31 of the game.
A 43-yard interception return for a touchdown by Moore made it 30-13.
With 26 seconds left in the game, Brother Martin’s Nicholas Turner returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown to make it 37-13.
Hahnville’s Dominique Curley returned the ensuing kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown to account for the 37-20 final.
Brandon Comardelle rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries for the Tigers. Spencer ended with four catches for 121 yards and touchdown, while Jackson had three catches for 36 yards and a score.
Martin was 13 of 23 for 198 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception for Brother Martin. Smith topped the Crusaders on the ground with 48 yards on 17 carries while Gilyot finished with five catches for 91 yards.