After a big shutout victory in Week 1 on the road at Denham Springs, Hahnville knew it would have to step its game even further against a high-flying Mandeville team that scored 65 in its season opener last week.
They allowed a couple of touchdowns, but that turned out to be a inconsequential negative for the Tigers, who left Sidney Theriot Stadium with a 34-13 non-district victory in their second consecutive road game.
In all, Hahnville (2-0) allowed just 126 yards of total offense to the Skippers.
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“What makes us special (on defense) is our front-line guys,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “Our secondary also makes plays, and I think this is the second week in a row we have had at least four turnovers and a blocked punt.
“It all starts up front. Adonis (Friloux) gets a lot of the attention, and rightfully so, but (Logan) Brimmer and (Dajan) Parker and Shamarr (Moses) get in there, too. We can roll those guys because we have some depth. … We have a shot to be really good going forward.”
The Tigers created four turnovers, scoring touchdowns off two of them, and they also blocked a field-goal attempt. As a result, the Hahnville defensive line was named the Raisin’ Cane’s Player of the Game.
On the third play from scrimmage, Mandeville quarterback Devon Tott was intercepted, and the Tigers (2-0) were set up at the Skippers 20. Four plays later, Trey LaBranch ran it in from 4 yards out.
A six-play drive for Mandeville (1-1) that started in the final minute of the first quarter set up the Skippers for a long field-goal attempt. However, it was blocked, and Hahnville took over at the Mandeville 46 following a personal-foul penalty.
The Tigers cashed in with a nine-play drive that included a successful fake punt, culminating with an 8-yard end-around run by wide receiver Jerry Spencer that gave them a 14-7 lead and an advantage they never relinquished.
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“We have had a game plan in place since (before) the first game, and all of our D-linemen came up and have improved since the summer,” said Hahnville defensive lineman Adonis Friloux, who had an early sack and created havoc for the Mandeville running game all night.
“It’s not really surprising to see the effort we had, because we have been working hard for this. … We just dominated, and it felt real good to do so.”
In all, the Skippers committed four turnovers, including a controversial muffed punt. During the kick, it appeared as if a Hahnville special teams player ran into Mandeville returner Jack Henderson. A flag was thrown, and the Skippers should have been set up in excellent field position with 4:10 to go in the first half.
It was then the game officials huddled for more than 2 minutes and decided to pick up the flag. To make matters worse for Mandeville, they then said the ball bounced off a Skippers player and was recovered by Hahnville after another 5-minute conference.
It was just that kind of night for the kids in blue.
“We immediately turn the ball over on our first possession on an extremely ill-advised throw, and it turns into a touchdown,” Mandeville coach Hutch Gonzales said. “We fought back and stayed in the game, but we come out of half, get a great stop, and make another bonehead play that turns into a drive for them.
“When you play a team that is as good as they are, and a defense as good as that one, you have to play well. And you certainly can’t have four turnovers.”
The Tigers offense wasn’t rolling by any means, and in fact, running back Darryle Evans collected more than half the total yards – gaining 93 and two touchdowns on 27 carries.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Hahnville | 7 | 7 | 14 | 6 | 34
Mandeville | 7 | 0 | 0 | 6 | 13
Hahn – Trey LaBranch 4 run (Tate White kick), 8:34, 7-0
Man – Will Sheppard 14 pass from Devon Tott (Caden Costa kick), 6:52, 7-7
Hahn – Jerry Spencer 8 run (White kick), 5:53, 14-7
Hahn – Darryle Evans 1 run (White kick), 8:02, 21-7
Hahn – LaBranch 10 run (White kick), 2:00, 28-7
Man – Zahn Diaz 4 run (kick failed), 9:33, 28-13
Hahn – Evans 6 run (kick failed), 5:49, 34-13
Hahnville (184 yards total offense: 125 rushing, 59 passing)
Rushing: Darryle Evans, 27-93, 2 TDs; Drew Naquin, 5-minus-6; Trey LaBranch, 4-25, 2 TDs; Brandon Comardelle, 1-3; Troy Kendrick, 1-0.
Receiving: Evans, 1-minus-2; LaBranch, 3-14; Chance Tregle, 1-7; Kendrick, 1-25; Landon Zeringue, 1-13; Spencer, 1-2.
Passing: Naquin, 8-13, 59 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT.
Mandeville (126 yards total offense: 19 rushing, 107 passing)
Rushing: Zahn Diaz, 17-29, TD; Dereje Gaspard, 1-12; Devon Tott, 5-minus-22.
Receiving: Will Sheppard, 3-28, TD; Landon Ibieta, 3-23; Gaspard, 3-9; Gabe Hughes, 4-47.
Passing: Tott, 13-23, 107 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT.
Jim Derry is a Regional Reporter and Play-by-Play Announcer for VSN Louisiana and can be reached at email@example.com.