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Current season looking like 1996 for Tigers

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 28, 1998

BOUTTE – For Hahnville Tiger fans, 1998 is looking all too familiar to 1996.

That season, the Tigers lost six games by 15 points or less on their way to a 3-7 record.

This year has been even more heartbreaking in Tiger Stadium. Hahnville isoff to a 1-6 start overall and is winless in five District 6-5A games.

Other than a 24-0 loss to district-leading Destrehan, each of the losses have come by seven or fewer points. The last two games have each beendecided by one point.

In the 1996 season, Hahnville bounced back to win its final two games.

The Tigers will look to repeat that as they travel to Galliano this week to play South Lafourche.

Injuries have played a toll on the Tigers this year. Hahnville has lost itstop running back, Raphael Joseph, and one of its top linebackers, Erik Donnaud, for the season.

Another key player transferred before the season. The Tigers areinexperienced with a sophomore playing at quarterback (Dawan Landry) and running back (Charles Taylor) and freshmen at running back (Anthony Kenner) and wide receiver (Mark Young).

Landry has helped the Tigers move the ball better since his first start at Destrehan in Week Five of the season. Against East St. John Friday, Landrycompleted 10 of his 18 passes for 94 yards. The Wildcats were able tohold down Hahnville’s rushing attack, however, holding the Tigers to 57 yards on 31 carries. Taylor led the Tigers with 35 yards on 18 carries.The offense will look to move against a South Lafourche defense that held Destrehan to 27 yards in the first half Friday before giving up over 200 yards after halftime in a 21-7 loss to the Wildcats. South Lafourchecomes into the game with a 3-4 overall record and a 2-3 mark in district play.

The Tarpons are led by its rushing attack that gained 239 yards against Destrehan. Vic King led the way with 137 yards and two touchdowns on 25attempts. Earlier this season, the senior running back had a 252-yard,three-touchdown performance against Fortier.

Sterling Mack started at quarterback for South Lafourche Friday but was ineffective, completing one of his four passes for four yards. He was alsointercepted once. Senior defensive tackle Michael Caray leads the Tarpondefense.

A year ago, Hahnville rolled past the Tarpons, 31-7, to clinch third place in the district. Antoine Williams passed for two touchdowns and Josephadded 100 yards rushing.

Hahnville hosts Terrebonne next week in the season finale while South Lafourche hosts Central Lafourche.

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