METAIRIE – Terrebonne High proved to be more than an adequate replacement.
When East St. John dropped out of Alvin Kamara’s Second Annual Youth Football Camp held Saturday at the New Orleans Saints’ training facility, the Tigers were quick to accept an offer to participate.
“It’s a great event,” Terrebonne coach Gary Hill said. “Alvin Kamara gives back to the community of New Orleans and some of the things he’s done with the Saints. Our kids, when they got the invite, they were really excited and wanted to come. It wasn’t too hard for us to put it together late. I was worried about us being in shape, worried about us getting everybody here.”
The event featured 7 on 7 games, starting with each team taking part in two games in pool play before advancing to the single-elimination bracket portion of the event.
Along with Terrebonne, other participants included Karr, Holy Cross, Helen Cox, McDonogh 35, St. Augustine, Warren Easton, Kennedy, Ehret, Newman and St. James.
Hill’s worries might have seem well-placed early as the Tigers lost both of their games in pool play before catching fire in the single-elimination tournament.
After opening with a win to eliminate St. Aug in bracket play, Terrebonne went on to take a 29-15 win over St. James.
Games were played on a 40-yard field and a 24-minute running clock. Touchdowns counted for six points. Extra points, with no kicking involved, counted for one point from 5 yards out and two points from 10 yards out.
Defensive stops were worth two points and an interception counted for three points.
Terrebonne led 10-9 early before pulling away against St. James. Leading by one, the Tigers went on to add points on four-straight possessions on a pair of interceptions and two touchdowns to lead 29-9 before St. James added the game’s final touchdown.
After Terrebonne defeated McDonogh 35 in the semifinals, the Tigers advanced to the championship game against Warren Easton.
Terrebonne scored a touchdown on its opening possession and followed it up with a defensive stop to lead 8-0 before Easton rallied.
Easton was clinging to a 14-13 lead when a late interception gave the Fighting Eagles their final four-point margin of victory.
“We pulled it together and was able to compete,” Hill said. “I’m glad our kids played hard today. They made a lot of errors early but cleaned it up and competed and did a lot of great things as we got going and found our rhythm.”
Although the Tigers were a late addition, Terrebonne was always on Kamara’s radar.
“They were being considered the whole time. Somebody dropped out and Terrebonne got in and they showed up,” the Saints running back said.