Hahnville rushed for 378 yards and seven touchdowns to crush Natchitoches Central 61-14 Friday night in bidistrict playoff action at Tiger Stadium in Boutte.
With its sixth straight win, Hahnville (8-3) advances to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. The Tigers will travel to Haughton next Friday, a first-round winner over Ouachita Parish.
Hahnville took advantage of a favorable matchup against a young Natchitoches Central defense. The Chiefs held opponents to less than 27 points only once season.
In addition to their offensive success, the Tigers added touchdowns in the other phases, with special teams and defensive touchdowns in the first half.
“We thought we were going to be a real good team coming into this tournament,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “Our kids are playing really, really well, and we’re getting healthy at the right time. It’s sudden death every week. We’ve been preparing ourselves for this, and we’re just excited to be playing another week.”
Junior Devonte’ Cravin rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns, and two of Bradley Aucoin’s four carries resulted in touchdowns. Five Tiger running backs had 40 or more yards rushing.
In the first half, Hahnville took advantage of miscues by the Chiefs’ special teams. The Tigers took a 28-0 lead in the first quarter despite running only 12 offensive plays.
After a bad punt snap and poor punt by the visitors early in the first quarter, Hahnville ended up with possession on the Natchitoches Central side of the field. Quarterback Austin Perrin connected with Waylon LeBlanc on a 38-yard pass, and two plays later, Aucoin scored the first points of the game on a 4-yard run.
After Hahnville forced a 3-and-out by the Chiefs, Brandon Singleton, a Georgia Tech commit, returned a punt 82 yards for Tigers to extend the lead to 14-0.
Hahnville held the visitors once again and, after a short punt, the Tigers were back in business at the Chief 44-yard line. Quarterback Mike Neal ran twice for 48 yards, the second one a 21-yard scamper to paydirt.
Before the first quarter ended, Cravin ran 59 yards to set up his first touchdown on a 1-yard TD plunge. Norquell Flowers’ 35-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter for Hahnville was sandwiched around Natchitoches Central’s only two scores of the game.
Correion Mosby scored on a 12-yard run for the Chiefs, and quarterback Austin Guy tossed a 11-yard pass to Darian Raymond.
The Tigers came up with their defensive touchdown in the final seconds of the first half. Stephen Cloud forced a Guy fumble as the Chief QB attempted to pass deep in his own territory and Travon Honor recovered in the end zone.
Hahnville put the game away in the second half with rushing touchdowns by Cravin and Aucoin in the third quarter and by Dylan Crockett in the fourth quarter.
Of its 44 offensive snaps, Hahnville ran the ball 39 times.
“We felt like we could run block them and it just came through for us,” said Saltaformaggio, who won his 100th career game. “It’s just one of those things. Next week, we might have to throw it 25 times. As long as we have one more point than our opponent, I’m happy.”