Hahnville breaks Bruins’ streak; Desty loses another OT heartbreaker

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 8, 2011

BOUTTE — Hahnville figured to be the most stout test that undefeated Bonnabel had faced to date, and the Bruins a litmus test for how far a young Tigers team had come after surviving a brutal predistrict slate.

In the end, Hahnville evened its record at 3-3, upending a Bonnabel team that had outscored its previous four opponents by a combined margin of 178-9, by a score of 24-15 in the District 8-5A opener for both teams.

Ernest Thompson paved the way for Hahnville offensively, rushing for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.

Hahnville led 24-3 at one point, before Bonnabel tacked on two scores in the fourth quarter. HHS forced three turnovers.

Thompson scored the only touchdown of the first quarter on a 16-yard run. Hahnville (3-3, 1-0) took a 14-0 lead in the second when Easton Melancon found wideout Kailon Carter in the endzone from five yards away.

Daniel Velazquez (28 yards) and Craig Ford (45) traded field goals from there, and HHS led 17-3 entering the fourth. Thompson provided a 9-yard insurance score early in the fourth.

Ryan Evans connected with Troy Lilly twice in the fourth for Bonnabel (4-1, 0-1) scores, on passes of 78 and 10 yards.

HIGGINS 26, DESTREHAN 20 (O.T.) – It was another tough loss for Destrehan Friday, this time coming against new district foe Higgins, which clinched its first district win on quarterback Cedric Jackson’s 11-yard touchdown run in overtime.

The Hurricanes led 12-0 at halftime, but DHS rallied to score two consecutive touchdowns and take a 13-12 lead, largely on the back of running back Kevin Smith, who continued his strong season with a 87-yard kickoff return to begin the second half, then scored on a 13-yard run.

Jackson’s 67-yard touchdown run gave Higgins the lead back in the third quarter. But DHS tied the game on Smith’s third score of the night, a 2-yarder with just under three minutes left to make it 20 all.

DHS held firm defensively to force overtime. But the Wildcats’ Daniel Cimeno missed a field goal on Destrehan’s first, and only, overtime possession when it hit the crossbar.