Tough playoff road continuing for Tigers

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 15, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / November 15, 2000

BOUTTE – The Hahnville High School campus is located less than 25 miles from the Louisiana Superdome. But the Tigers may have the toughest roadto the Superdome for the Nokia Sugar Bowl Prep Classic of any team in the state.

Hahnville got past the first pothole last week with a 24-14 victory over Sulphur in the Class 5A bi-district playoffs. This week, the fourth-seededTigers go against a St. Augustine team that is seeded 13th and rankedfourth in the state.

A victory sends them to the winner of Evangel and Comeaux in the quarterfinals where the survivor has a possible match up with top—ranked West Monroe in the semifinals.

But there is no looking ahead. Not with a St. Augustine team that went 8-2 inthe regular season and finished second in District 10-5A. The Purple Knights’only two losses came at John Curtis, top-ranked in Class 4A, in overtime and at home against Rummel, No. 2 in Class 5A, by two points.St. Augustine is coming off a 41-15 victory over Higgins in bi-district. ThePurple Knights rolled up 375 yards in offense, 240 coming through the air.

Jason Burns completed 15 of his 20 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior Michael Franklin and sophomore Jarvis Green scored two touchdowns apiece on the ground and helped the Purple Knights rush for 135 yards.

Senior wide receiver Brandon Smith caught two touchdowns.

Higgins was able to run for 168 yards against the St. Augustine defense butwas held to 34 yards on three completions. The Hurricanes also lost twofumbles.

St. Augustine’s strength lies in its lines. Senior tackle Nathaniel Dorsey andsenior guard Paul Irons are the leaders on the offensive line. They are joinedby seniors Jay Boyd at tackle and Brian Harris at center and junior guard Lavale Washington. Junior John Doucette is the tight end and Ahkiem Jolla theother wide out.

The Purple Knights are also strong on the defensive line led by senior tackle Sylvester McGrew. He is joined by senior nose guard Percy Davis, senior endJustin Leggett and senior tackle Aaron Cowart.

The linebacking corps is also senior-laden with Corey Randolph and Earl Wilson. Brandon Spincer is the leader of the secondary along with Von Guterand Brandon Morgan. Morgan is also the team’s kicker.Hahnville gained 311 yards against Sulphur Friday, 199 coming on 37 carries.

Skyler Boyle had 117 of those yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. DawanLandry added 60 yards and a score on nine carries. He also completed 5-of-9passes for 112 yards. The Tigers defense gave up 301 yards, 215 coming onthe ground as Derrick Trahan gained 126 yards on 23 carries for the Tornadoes.

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