For the second straight week, Hahnville went into triple overtime.
They didn’t let this one slip away.
Hahnville stopped Landry-Walker on fourth down from the 4-yard line to escape Behrman Stadium with a thrilling and controversial 45-39 victory.
Hahnville, ranked No. 5 in the New Orleans Advocate Large School Super 10, bounced back after last week’s triple-overtime loss to Rummel.
“This is why I took the coaching job at Hahnville, to coach in games like this,” first-year Tigers coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “What can you say. It goes to the end in these kind of battles. We just got one more defensive stand than they did.”
Landry-Walker, ranked No. 3 in The Super 10, fell short in its bid to beat the Tigers in overtime for a second straight season after winning 13-7 in 2013.
“It was an outstanding game and went back and forth, and unfortunately we fell on the short side,” said Landry-Walker coach Emanuel Powell.
The controversy came in the third overtime, when Hahnville backup quarterback was headed into the end zone and fumbled A Landry-Walker defender came out of the pile with the ball in his hand, but the referees ruled it a Tigers’ touchdown.
“The good Lord takes care of fools, and I’m a fool,” Saltaformaggio said. “He was shining on me there.”
Powell wasn’t happy about the play.
“Everybody around here knows it was a fumble, and then to give them a touchdown on top of it,” Powell said. “The referees took it away from us…. Hahnville played a helluva game. It’s unfortunate we fell on the short side of the stick.”
The teams traded touchdowns in the first two overtimes after the game ended tied 27-27.
But neither team could make their PAT.
Hahnville missed a pair of kicks and Landry-Walker had one kick blocked and had a pass fall incomplete on the other.
The game didn’t appear headed to overtime early as Hahnville (2-1) raced out to a 20-7 lead.
After going three-and-out on its opening possession, Hahnville punted and backed Landry-Walker to its own 1-yard line.
Landry-Walker responded on its first play when Li’ Jon Cordier connected with Carver transfer Romalas Walker for a 99-yard touchdown pass.
But the Tigers responded right away.
Devonte Cravin returned the ensuing kickoff 67 yards to the Landry-Walker 18-yard line. Drew Dunn scored two plays later on a 13 yard run up the middle. The Tigers scored on their next two possessions as well, padding their lead to 20-7.
The first came after a Charging Buccaneers fumble on the kickoff.
Hahnville quarterback Mike Neal connected with Jamonte Williams for a 19-yard touchdown.
On the next possession, speedster Ricky Preston blasted up the middle and outran the Landry-Walker defense for a 72-yard score.
Landry-Walker closed the gap early in the second quarter on Tevin Bush’s 1-yard run, but Hahnville answered again. This time the Tigers put together a 12-play, 66 yard drive that was capped by Neal’s 1-yard plunge.
Landry-Walker sophomore Keytaon Thompson took over at quarterback in the second half and rallied the Charging Buccaneers.
He scored on a 28-yard run and Javon Conner scored on a 9-yard run with 6:10 left to tie it at 27.
The Charging Buccaneers had a chance to take the lead late in regulation, but Hahnville’s Drew Fvare came up with a big sack to push the Buccaneers back.
Perrin scored two TDs in overtime for the Tigers.
“He is a baller,” Saltaformaggio said. “He is a gamer. It was just a great night of high school football.”