Special teams miscues doom Hahnville to home loss

Special teams miscues doom Hahnville to home loss

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Special teams miscues doom Hahnville to home loss

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Thibodaux breaks through the line to block a field-goal attempt by Hahnville kicker Matt Boyer just before halftime. Andy Brown returned the block for a touchdown in Thibodaux's 19-16 win. (Photo/Hahnville High School)

Thibodaux breaks through the line to block a field-goal attempt by Hahnville kicker Matt Boyer just before halftime. Andy Brown returned the block for a touchdown in Thibodaux’s 19-16 win. (Photo/Hahnville High School)

BOUTTE, LA — The Hahnville Tigers, fresh off their road upset of the Landry-Walker Chargin’ Bucs, fell at home to the Thibodaux Tigers, with the visitors stealing a 19-16 win in the District 7-5A opener for both teams.

Hahnville (2-2, 0-1) fell victim to a combination of untimely penalties on offense, turnovers, and shortcomings in the kicking game. Their only consistent option in the offense was junior running back Devonte’ Cravin, who had 10 carries for 77 yards.

Hahnville has struggled with the kicking game this year, including a missed field goal in the Week 2 triple-overtime loss against Rummel that could have scored the Tigers the win. But no one could have seen Friday’s turning point coming.

Kicking to cut the Thibodaux lead to 13-10 just before halftime, Hahnville kicker Matt Boyer had a 25-yard field goal blocked and returned for a score by Thibodaux’s Andy Brown, instead giving Thibodaux a 19-7 lead at halftime.

Hahnville clawed its way back into the game after the break, but things went from bad to worse when replacement kicker Dalton Melancon clanged a potential game-tying 30-yard kick off the uprights with just 29 seconds left in the game.

Thibodaux (4-0, 1-0) started off the game with a long drive into the Hahnville red zone, led by the running of quarterback Peyton Bonvillain, who finished with 13 carries for 82 yards. But on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line, Thibodaux opted to go for it, and running back JaQuan Chenier (20 carries, 56 yards, 1 touchdown) was promptly stuffed, giving Hahnville the ball.

On the ensuing possession, though, Hahnville running back Norquell Flowers fumbled the ball on his own 19-yard line, giving Bonvillain a short field to work with. The senior took advantage, throwing a seven-yard touchdown pass to Elray Duncan to open the scoring. Bonvillain would finish 5-for-8 with 79 yards through the air.

After a fumble by Chenier, the teams traded rushing touchdowns, with Hahnville’s Rickey Preston scoring on a seven-yard pitch and Chenier following with a six-yard touchdown rush.

Both teams took to the air in the fourth quarter. Bonvillain scrambled in the end zone, avoided a couple of sacks, and completed a 50-yard rocket to Ronald Lemon, while Hahnville sophomore Austin Perrin—who went 6-for-16 for 87 yards playing in place of the injured Mike Neal—completed a 39-yard pass to Preston and tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Georgia Tech commit Brandon Singleton.

After that touchdown, kickoff specialist Aaron Bourgeois set up the game-tying opportunity with a beautiful onside kick, which was recovered by Hahnville defensive back Chris Marshall. But Melancon’s missed field goal sealed the win for the visiting Tigers.

Thibodaux will host the H.L. Bourgeois Braves (1-3, 0-1) next Friday, while Hahnville will face off against the rival Destrehan Wildcats (4-0, 1-0), one of the elite teams in the state of Louisiana, in the Battle on the River.

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