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Trojans knock off Braves, get first win of season

H.L. Bourgeois quarterback Todd Adkins (17) tries to avoid a sack by Central Lafourche's Devin Brown on Friday in Houma. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)

Central Lafourche athletic director Travis Douglas presented first-year Trojans football coach John Callahan with a very special gift after Friday's District 7-5A game against H.L. Bourgeois.

Following Central Lafourche's 37-26 win over H.L. Bourgeois at Tom B. Smith Stadium, Douglas tossed the official game ball to Callahan in honor of the coach's first win with the school, and the Trojans' players responded by cheering loudly as Callahan raised the ball to the sky.

Callahan said it was a special honor to celebrate the victory with his coaches and players, especially after the Trojans (1-2 overall, 1-0 in District 7-5A) suffered two tough losses to Patterson and Brother Martin to open the season.

"It's a great feeling," Callahan said. "It was a tough game, but we were able to pull it out. There was a lot of contributors in this game. A lot of guys made plays on both sides of the ball. When we really needed to make plays late in the game, we did."

Central Lafourche, using its wishbone-based offense, gashed the Braves defense for 397 rushing yards. Senior running back Bryson Davis led the Trojans attack with 116 yards on four carries and a game-clinching 78-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, while sophomore Thomas Wesley added 115 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns for Central Lafourche.

"We're a running team," Callahan said. "We're basically a team that's going to run the football. We go into the game expecting that we are going to be successful by the run. We had a pretty good night on the ground."

Central Lafourche also held off a late H.L. Bourgeois comeback attempt in the fourth quarter. The Braves, who celebrated Homecoming on Friday, had chances to cut into the lead, but the Trojans defense got off the field and allowed only six points in the fourth quarter.

With the Trojans leading 30-26 late, Davis' big 78-yard touchdown run with 4:28 left was difference maker that put the Trojans on top for good.

"I knew it was crunch time," Davis said. "We knew they were down by four, and I knew we needed a big run. I felt like I had to step up and give us a big one, and we got it. This was a big win. We're going to carry this over to next week and try to get another big win at home. It was a great way to jumpstart district off right. We got us a close win, and I think it's going to be a great season from here on out."

H.L. Bourgeois' offense wasted little time getting going on its first drive. After a 39-yard pass from quarterback Jake Broggi (15-of-32, 203 yards) to receiver Chris Harris, Braves running back Markice Bogen scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to put the home team ahead 6-0 with 9:42 left in the opening quarter. H.L. Bourgeois (2-2 overall, 0-1 in district) missed the two-point conversion attempt.

Central Lafourche moved the ball down the field on its first drive and scored on a 22-yard quarterback keeper run from Luke Falgout (13 carries, 61 yards rushing; 0-for-4 passing). Brader Dufrene's extra point put the Trojans ahead 7-6 with 5:21 left in the first quarter.

Central Lafourche's lead didn't last long. On the ensuing kickoff, H.L. Bourgeois returner Tylone Johnson found a hole along the home sidelines and sprinted 95-yards for the touchdown. The two point attempt failed, but the Braves led 12-7 with 5:14 left in the first.

H.L. Bourgeois, which finished with 233 total yards (203 passing, 30 rushing, two turnovers on interceptions), recovered two fumbles deep in Central Lafourche territory in the first half, but they failed to score both times.

"We didn't take care of business early on," H.L. Bourgeois coach Ben Powell said. "We had a chance to put them away and go up by a couple of scores after that first turnover. We didn't take care of business there. We've got to take care of business early in the game instead of trying to rally late. If you take care of business early, then you won't have to try to get the late game coalrigmebacks."

The Trojans responded with three big scoring drives that put it up at halftime.

The first came when Wesley capped a 7-play, 72-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown run. Dufrene's extra point gave the Trojans a 14-12 advantage with 1:31 left in the first quarter.

The second big score came when Dufrene made a 30-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-12 with 6:07 left in the second quarter.

Central Lafourche scored again right before halftime, getting a 7-yard touchdown run from Wesley, his second of the game, to make it 23-12 with 40 seconds remaining before halftime.

H.L. Bourgeois, which has lost 18 straight games to district opponents since 2009, struggled to slow down the Trojans' running attack.

"We're not doing a very good job defensively of tackling, and we're not being physical enough up front," Powell said. "We were getting beat at the point of attack, and there are guys that need to be making tackles."

In the third quarter, H.L. Bourgeois got another big play on special teams when Bogen blocked a punt attempt from Dufrene, which Jordyn Humphries recovered at the Trojans' 28.

The Braves capped the drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak from Todd Adkins, who then completed a two-point conversion pass to Johnson to cut the lead to 23-20 with 5:08 left in the third quarter.

A H.L. Bourgeois special teams mistake in the third quarter set up the Trojans' next score.

Central Lafourche's Dorian Parker recovered a muffed punt from H.L. Bourgeois' Harold Johnson, setting up the Trojans at the Braves' 10.

On the next play, Parker (14 carries, 89 yards) took a pitch from Falgout and sprinted 10-yards for the touchdown, making it 30-20 Central Lafourche with 16 seconds left in the third quarter.

H.L. Bourgeois quickly answered in the fourth quarter, getting a 21-yard touchdown pass from Broggi to Harris. The two-point attempt failed, but the Braves cut the lead to 30-26 with 9:10 left in the game.

The Braves had two more drives into Trojans' territory later in the fourth quarter, but they turned the ball over on downs on both possessions.

Central Lafourche defensive back Rashad Sims, who grabbed two interceptions, said it was important for the Trojans to seal the win with big stops on defense.

"It feels great," Sims said. "We've been working for this since the football season ended last year. We had a bad season last year. We had it in our mind that we were going to win this year. It's a great start to district."