In a tightly contested defensive struggle that saw plenty of turnovers on both sides, Hahnville opened its season with a 24-14 win over Woodlawn on Friday night at Panther Stadium.
The Tigers were far from perfect. Hahnville turned the ball over four times and allowed nearly 150 rushing yards in the second half, but the defense forced enough key stops and the offense did just enough.
“We had chance to make it an easier game but the turnovers hurt us,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “But to come on the road against a quality opponent, a playoff team from last year, and get a win was important for us.”
Hahnville opened the game by driving right down the field and scoring on a Drew Dunn 9-yard touchdown run, but the Tigers didn’t reach the end zone again until just under the 6-minute mark of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Mike Neal was nearly sacked but evaded the pressure and fired an 18-yard touchdown pass to Dunn.
“It seemed like the pass was going to break down but Mike did a great job keeping the play alive and made a great ball to Drew,” Saltaformaggio said. “That’s what it takes to win these games.”
Defense kept the Panthers in the game. They played well enough to nearly negate five turnovers on offense, two important special-teams mistakes and eight penalties.
PARKVIEW BAPTIST 33, CATHOLIC-BR 26: Everything Reginald Hayes touched seemed to turn to gold for Parkview Baptist on Friday. So on fourth-and-goal at the 1 in a tie game in the fourth quarter, why not let the quarterback have another touch?
Hayes plunged in on a 1-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown with 5:50 left — his fifth touchdown of the game — lifting Parkview Baptist.
Hayes rushed for 120 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries and completed 6 of 7 passes for 71 yards and another touchdown for the Eagles, the No. 3-ranked team in Class 3A, who clawed back from a 19-6 first quarter deficit to take down the Class 5A Bears.
Indeed, it was vintage Parkview. The Eagles dominated on offense, rolling up 334 rushing yards with its vaunted wishbone offense. Parkview rolled up 405 yards to 262 for Catholic, the No. 8-ranked team in 5A.
Kaylin White, who rushed for 138 yards on 16 carries, consistently punishing Catholic with big gains on the same counter play.
Still, the game was decided in the final minutes. Catholic faced a fourth-and-3 at the Parkview 19, driving to tie the game, but quarterback Ian Brian was stopped a yard short of converting the first down on a fourth-down keeper with 1:08 left.
HAYNES 9, POPE JOHN PAUL II 3: Haynes Academy scored early and got a stout defensive performance late en route to its season opening victory over Pope John Paul II at Joe Yenni Stadium.
Malik Bailey finished with 17 carries for 100 yards.
He capped a 71-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run with 5:28 remaining in the first quarter.
All throughout, Haynes’ defensive front four of Darnell Johnson, Stephen Mackey, Amaury Regnard and Lars Jensen limited Pope John Paul’s rushing attack. The Jaguars ran 33 plays in the first half and were held to 52 yards.