Da’Quan Gray’s 23-yard run with 35 seconds left in the game lifted Central Lafourche to a 20-17 victory Friday night against visiting Hahnville.
While the Trojans scored in the closing seconds to win, a litany of missed opportunities doomed the Tigers in the District 7-5A contest.
“We are down in the red zone three times and come away with nothing,” Hahnville coach Lou Valdin said. “We block a punt and we come away with no points. We got goal-to-go, we come away with no points. We get down there and we have goal-to-go and we get a holding call and we miss a field goal. That’s the story of the night.”
The loss delivered a major blow to Hahnville’s playoff chances. The Tigers fell to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in district action with HHS facing South Lafourche in the regular-season finale. Central Lafourche improved to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in district.
Trailing by three points, the Trojans drove the length of the field in the closing moments to pull out the victory.
“They only completed three passes in the game on the night and two were on that drive in long-yardage situations to get them first downs. They made the plays. Every time there was a big play to be made in the game, they made it and we didn’t. That’s the bottom line,” Valdin said.
Hahnville allowed the Trojans to rush for 252 yards in the game on 43 attempts.
“We normally are pretty good against the run. It’s surprised me. We didn’t stop them,” Valdin said.
Central Lafourche took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Gray. The Tigers countered with a 23-yard Craig Ford field goal to trail 7-3 after one quarter.
An 84-yard pass from Logan Martindale to Lynn Simmons in the second quarter gave Hahnville a 10-7 halftime edge.
The Tigers built their biggest lead of the game at 10 points when Martindale hooked up with tight end Tyler Lamers on a 7-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
Gray, who rushed for 175 yards, broke loose on a 50-yard gallop to inch the Trojans to with 17-14 in the fourth quarter before the running back came up with the game-winning score with 35 seconds remaining in the game.
Along with Gray’s 175 yards, Thomas Wesley rushed for 71 yards on 17 carries for Central Lafourche. Trojans quarterback Chandler Richard was 3 of 6 passing for 37 yards.
Hahnville finished with 90 yards rushing, 89 coming from Simmons on 22 carries. Martindale was 10 of 21 passing for 206 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers were without quarterback Dylan Keller, who reinjured his shoulder in Hahnville’s 48-6 win last week over H.L. Bourgeois.
“Central Lafourche, give them credit. They put eight and nine guys in the box and forced us to throw. They put eight or nine guys in the box and we can’t run the football. We put eight or nine guys in the box and they run the ball right down the field,” Valdin said.