Hahnville, Destrehan seek bounceback performances

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 22, 2010

BOUTTE — For Hahnville, the road gets no easier.

The Tigers don’t have the luxury of dwelling on its 42-28 loss at Lutcher on Friday night, certainly not with a clash with O. Perry Walker looming this Friday. The Chargers are 3-0 with victories over Clark, Helen Cox and most recently, a 26-20 win over Brother Martin.

Hahnville coach Lou Valdin said he expects a fight.

“The biggest thing is just their talent level. It’s tremendous,” said Valdin. “They’ve got a great wide receiver (Raymond Jackson), a really good running back (Tulane commitment Robert Kelly), and the best defensive lineman in America (Defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, an LSU commitment).”

One concern for Hahnville (2-1) is the status of quarterback Brian Ensminger, the Tigers’ offensive centerpiece. The team may be without him on Friday after he twisted his ankle against Lutcher.

“We don’t know if he’ll play,” said Valdin. “We’re preparing as if he won’t right now.”

In his stead would be sophomore Easton Melancon. But Valdin said that if it comes to it, not much will change: the team will continue to run its offense as it has over the first three weeks.

“This is football. You put the next guy in and keep on going,” said Valdin.

Ensminger finished the Lutcher game 6-for-16 with 83 yards and a touchdown pass. Melancon came on in relief, completing 6-of-12 passes for 55 yards.

Running back Ahmad White comes off of a big game against Lutcher—he rushed for 174 yards on 27 carries and added a pair of touchdowns.

DHS LOOKS TO REBOUND – The Wildcats fell to 1-2 Friday night after losing at home to Karr, 25-10. It will attempt to even its record out on Friday at home against John Ehret.

The Wildcats led 10-0 at one point in the first half, but as was the case in its season opening loss to Helen Cox, special teams miscues sparked the opposition. Karr blocked three punts en route to taking control of the game.

Destrehan scored on Daniel Cimeno’s 23-yard field goal and Rickey Jefferson’s 92-yard run in the first half.

Like Destrehan, Ehret has played a tough opening schedule and stands at 1-2. The Patriots lost to Hahnville (31-27) and defeated South Plaquemines (8-0) over the first two weeks before falling 33-21 to Slidell on Friday.