Hahnville High School will go into this Friday’s District 7-5A opener against Thibodaux without starting quarterback Mike Neal.
Neal, a junior, suffered a hairline fracture in his collarbone during the second quarter in Friday’s game against Landry-Walker.
The injury occurred on a late hit on the Hahnville sideline.
“He fought through it for the first half,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said.
Saltaformaggio said Neal is expected to miss six to eight weeks, but he expects it to be “closer to six weeks.”
Neal had rushed for 59 yards and scored one touchdown leading the Tigers’ option attack.
He also completed 11 of 23 passes for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“It’s part of the game,” Saltaformmagio said. “The hardest part is having a junior who will lose the bulk of his junior year. The thing about football is you only get a few games. To lose the bulk of your season on a late hit is tough for me to swallow. But the game goes on and good programs endure. Hopefully we win enough games to get to playoffs and get him back. I think we are good enough to be a serious contender in 5A.”
Saltaformaggio said he has confidence in backup Austin Perrin, who scored a pair of touchdowns in the second half of the game that Hahnville eventually won 45-39 in triple overtime.
“It’s a big loss because he was our starter, but it’s not as devastating because our backup Austin is really good,” Saltaformaggio said. “We’ll also play Ricky Preston some at quarterback.”
Hahnville (2-1) is ranked No. 4 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10.
Pearl River gets penalty
Pearl River will have to forfeit its 9-7 victory over Pope John Paul II in the second week of the season for using an ineligible player.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association announced the ruling Tuesday.
The athlete in question, who was not named, was ruled ineligible because of rule 1.10 in the LHSAA handbook, which is not meeting scholastic requirements.
The school was also fined $150 and first-year head coach Paul Beebe is required to attend the LHSAA’s certification class in October.
The Rebels were 1-2 on the field this season, but are now 0-3 after the forfeit.
Pearl River plays St. Patrick (Mississippi) Friday.
Keytaon Thompson’s big half
Landry-Walker sophomore quarterback Keytaon Thompson sat and watched the first half of the Charging Buccaneers’ triple overtime thriller Friday night against Hahnville.
That’s the life of playing in a two-quarterback system.
But Thompson, also a standout on the reigning 4A championship basketball team, got the nod in the second half to help Landry-Walker rally to force overtime before eventually losing 45-39.
Thompson finished with 15 carries for 134 yards and a 28-yard touchdown run. He also completed 3 of 6 passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.
“They gave us some running lanes and Keytaon was able to take advantage of that,” Landry-Walker coach Emanuel Powell said.
USA Today rankings
Three New Orleans teams held on to their spots in the USA Today Super 25 rankings that were released Tuesday.
Warren Easton is ranked No. 14 with Rummel ranked right behind them at No. 15.
John Curtis is ranked No. 20.
All three teams are 3-0 this season and ranked No. 1 in their respective classes in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association polls.
Easton, which plays at Woodlawn on Friday, is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A in the LSWA rankings.
Rummel, ranked No. 1 in 5A, plays at No. 5 Baton Rouge-Catholic.
Curtis, ranked No. 1 in 3A, hosts Karr on Friday.