By Tate Roussel
The John Ehret Patriots continue to be a thorn in the side of the Hahnville Tigers.
From spring games to regular-season contests and playoff matchups, Ehret seems to find a way to tame the Tigers. On Friday night, the Patriots’ defense held Hahnville to 165 total yards in a 26-0 loss for the Tigers.
“Our offense has been struggling from the get-go,” said Mike Silva, Hahnville’s interim coach. “We spent the whole offseason planning on having Andrew Robinson as our quarterback. We’re three weeks into a different offense.”
After falling to West Monroe last week, the John Ehret Patriots (1-1) wasted no time finding the scoreboard. Senior quarterback Travis Mumphrey drove the Patriots down the field, completing five passes in the drive, including a scoring strike of 20 yards to Jordan Pickney.
Mumphrey would go on to complete 13 of 25 passes for over 100 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came in the first half.
A missed extra point gave left the Patriots with a 6-0 lead with 6:46 remaining in the first quarter.
Hahnville’s second drive of the game quickly became their second straight three-and-out. Looking to punt from the Hahnville 37-yard line, the Patriots got into the Tiger backfield to block the kick.
Initially recovered by John Ehret defender Brandon James inside the 10, a penalty had the Patriots starting their ensuing drive at the Hahnville 38-yard line.
The penalty proved to be uncostly, as an 11-play drive was finalized when Mumphrey found the end zone for his second passing score of the night, this time finding his receiver on a 14-yard toss.
The Patriots second score of the opening quarter extended their advantage to 12-0 as they missed their second extra point attempt.
Hahnville’s offense failed to respond when a lost fumble on the first play of the following drive gave John Ehret’s offense a chance to extend the lead.
Starting the drive on the Tiger 39-yard line, the Patriots needed only seven plays before Mumphrey tossed his third touchdown of the night to extend Ehret’s lead to 18-0 with 8:30 remaining in the first half.
Once again, the Tiger offense went three-and-out, and the Patriots took over on their own 28-yard line.
On the second play of the drive, Mumphrey dropped back and found a wide-open Deron Coleman, who sprinted toward the end zone with no Tiger in sight. What appeared to be Mumphey’s fourth touchdown pass of first half turned into a turnover as Coleman dropped the ball before crossing the goal line.
Another first-half turnover by the Patriots, this time an interception, gave the Tiger offense the ball inside the Ehret 34-yard line.
The Patriot defense came up with a turnover of their own, intercepting Jha’quan Jackson’s pass inside their own 20
Missed opportunities continued for the Tigers (1-1) in the second half.
On the first two drives of the second half, Hahnville’s offense failed to score from inside the John Ehret 10-yard line after failing to convert on fourth down on both occasions.
The first came with eight minutes to play in the third quarter when Jackson’s sneak attempt at the 7-yard line was stopped at the line of scrimmage.
The second occurred after the Tiger defense forced a Patriot punt from their own end zone, granting great field passion to their offense.
After advancing the ball inside the John Ehret 5-yard line on an 11-play drive, Jackson and his team were faced with fourth-and-goal. A bad snap continued the struggle for the Tigers and put an end to the conversion opportunity.
“We have to be able to take care of business when it’s tough,” said Patriot coach Marcus Scott. “We did that tonight.”
The final score for the Patriots put an end to the Tiger comeback hopes, when Damond Leonard put together back-to-back runs of over 30-yards, the second giving him his only score of the night and his team a 26-0 shutout victory after a successful two-point conversion.
Leonard finished the night with 138 yards rushing on 17 attempts.