With Hahnville’s undefeated season on the line at Thibodaux, it turned to Darryle Evans.
Trailing 28-21, Evans, who rushed for 110 yards on 24 carries, scored on a 2-yard run to pull Hahnville to within one point of Thibodaux.
Instead of going for the tie, Hahnville went for the two-point conversion. A jet sweep to Jerry Spencer put Hahnville on top 29-28 lead with 3:10 left in the game.
“When you’re on the road in a championship environment you come to win and that’s what we aim to do,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said of going for the two-point conversion.
Evans scored his third touchdown of the game on a 3-yard run and an interception by Syre Lewis sealed a 36-28 win as Hahnville stayed unbeaten at 6-0 on the season.
“This team understands what it takes to be a champion,” Saltaformaggio said.
In a battle of unbeatens, Hahnville stands atop District 7-5A as it moved to 3-0 in league play.
Thibodaux dropped to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in district action.
Thibodaux took advantage of a short field to counter with a 38-yard Peyton Domangue field goal to make it 21-20 with 1:03 left in the third quarter.
Hahnville appeared to be driving to pad its lead but fortune turned quickly on the St. Charles Parish-based Tigers when Thibodaux’s Tyren Young scooped up a fumble and raced 92 yards for a touchdown.
A two-point conversion pass from quarterback Luke Alleman to Tyren Young gave Thibodaux a 28-21 lead with 9:09 left in the game and set the stage for Hahnville’s rally.
Hahnville stuck first as it took it’s opening possession 13 plays for a touchdown, capped off by a 5-yard touchdown run from Corey Lorio with 6:28 left in the first quarter.
The quick-strike Thibodaux offense would respond with three-play drive, capped off by a 59-yard touchdown pass from Alleman to Marquel Price, tying the game 7-7with 5:25 left in the first quarter.
Thibodaux would take its first lead of the game when Alleman found Darwin Davis for a 12-yard touchdown, making the score 14-7 with 8:13 left in the second quarter.
Hahnville tied the game 14-14 when Evans turned a screen pass from quarterback Drew Naquin into a 61-yard touchdown.
Aided by a conversion on third-and-20 on a pass from Alleman to Davis, Thibodaux managed a 17-14 halftime lead on a 41-yard Domangue field goal.