The success of a Spring Game apparently is in the eyes of the beholder.
Hahnville committed mistakes that led to points for St. Augustine while the Purple Knights also added some big plays on offense as the Tigers fell 35-21 Tuesday in Boutte.
The coach of the team that made more mistakes looked to keep the game in perspective.
“You never want to make more out of it that what it is,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “Two years ago we got destroyed by D’Iberville and we went to the state championship game. Last year, we were great in spring and went 5-6.
“Spring is what it is. I saw some things I liked. Obviously, getting Darryle Evans back (from a 2018 injury) is giant. Trey Lebranch is going to be an exceptional talent. We played without some really good players today. We lost arguably our best offensive linemen three days ago. He broke his hand. Robert Jackson is one of the better safeties in the area and he didn’t play. We played a lot of kids. It’s spring football. Nobody won or lost the state championship today.”
The coach of the winning team didn’t seem too pleased with his team’s effort.
“I thought we left a lot of plays out there on the field. We have to play smarter. We have to play harder. We have to be more physical. We are not really where we want to be but we are working on it,” St. Augustine coach Nathaniel Jones said.
The scrimmage opened with the teams working on the kicking game and then second-unit and third-unit teams got in some work. The Spring Game concluded with two 15-minute halves featuring the first teamers.
The first mistake and big play came on the initial play of the game when St. Augustine defensive back Edward Gilds returned an errant throw by Hahnville quarterback Drew Naquin back for a touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead for the Purple Knights.
Hahnville quickly tied things up on a 44-yard touchdown run by Evans.
St. Augustine faced fourth down on its first offensive series and decided to go for it on fourth down near midfield. Instead of merely picking up a first down, the Purple Knights scored on a touchdown toss from quarterback Kendell Sampson Jr. to Khi Mathieu.
Following a short halftime break, the game resumed for a fresh 15 minutes and picked up from where the first ended.
On the first play of the second half, a fumble by Naquin was recovered by St. Aug’s Jabaz Myles and returned deep into Hahnville territory.
Wanted to have a chance for a full drive, the Purple Knights took possession back in their own territory following the fumble return.
Several plays later, a 13-yard Sampson touchdown pass made it 21-7.
St. Augustine made it 28-7 on a 30-yard toss from Sampson to Taiwan Berryhill before Hahnville answered on a 2-yard run by Evans to make it 28-14 with 4:53 left in the game.
Trailing 35-14, Hahnville scored on the final play of the game on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Naquin to Corey Lorio.
On the defensive side for Hahnville, defensive linemen Logan Brimmer and Adonis Friloux has several nice plays, including a sack by Brimmer.