Nick Saltaformaggio will not forget his first game back on the sidelines after serving a four-game suspension – for all the wrong reasons.
Hahnville trailed only 7-0 at halftime but several early mistakes to open the second half snowballed into a 41-0 loss to Terrebonne in District 7-5A play Friday night in Thibodaux. The game, originally schedule to be played in Houma, was moved to Thibodaux High because of poor field conditions at Tom B. Smith Stadium.
“Like I told the guys, ‘I will not lie to you guys. We are not a good football team right now.’ We just have to find a way to get better,” Saltaformaggio said. “It will come through hard work. It will come through commitment. It will come through going through these hard times.
“It’s obviously the first time I’ve seen it up close after watching it on film. Whatever a bad football team does, we do. We miss tackles. We miss assignments. We don’t block very well. We don’t have any explosive plays. We are turning the ball over. We get kicks blocked. It just on and on and on and on.”
The game remained scoreless until the final five seconds of the second quarter when an 11-yard pass from Keshawn James to Ja’Khi Douglas gave Terrebonne (5-0 overall, 1-0 in district) a 7-0 lead at halftime.
Then came the second-half onslaught.
A 23-yard run by Chaz Ward made it 13-0 early in the second half. Ward added a 3-yard score to make it 19-0 after three quarters.
Ward scored his third touchdown of the night early in the fourth quarter on a 32-yard run to make it 26-0.
Hahnville (1-4 overall, 0-2 in district) mistakes continually gave Terrebonne a short field and the Terrebonne Parish-based Tigers made the most of their opportunities.
A 7-yard run by Douglas to make it 33-0 was set up by a blocked punt by Terrebonne’s Dillion Babin.
The game’s final score came on a 62-yard punt return by Douglas.
Hahnville barely topped 100 yards of total offense.
“Our biggest problem is we just lack explosiveness on offense. We don’t have an explosive offensive player on our football team. That’s what has hurt us more than anything,” Saltaformaggio said.