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Hahnville comes back to top Thibodaux in OT


Following an interception with 7:35 left in the game, the Thibodaux Tigers looked primed for a district-opening victory over Hahnville at home.

Unfortunately, Hahnville had other plans as it erased a double-digit deficit on its way to picking up a hard-fought 27-24 overtime win in District 7-5A.

The key play came on a 4th-and-18 at the Thibodaux 20-yard line. With 1:11 left, Logan Martindale threw a ball to the end zone that was hauled in by Ricky Preston on an amazing grab and the extra point tied the game at 24 heading into overtime.

"We've had two heartbreaking losses coming in to this one," Hahnville coach Lou Valdin said. "I'm so proud for my kids."

Thibodaux coach Chris Dugas said while Preston made a big play, his Tigers didn't.

"We had a key penalty at the end," Dugas said. "We had a chop block with less than 4 minutes left that put us behind the chains and destroyed our drive. I felt like we had a chance to run the clock out right there. That was a killer for us. We didn't finish and that's just something we have to get better at (finishing)."

After winning the toss and gaining possession to begin the overtime period, Thibodaux (2-2 overall, 0-1 in District 7-5A) was stopped on downs.

Hahnville didn't take any chances and sent in its place kicker, Craig Ford, for a 27-yard attempt.

Along with making all his extra point attempts on the evening, Ford knocked a 38-yarder through the uprights with 4:27 remaining to cut the Thibodaux lead to 27-24.

"I can't begin to tell you how good I feel for my kicker," Valdin said. "That (kick) was something he really needed for his confidence. He came up huge for us."

Holding a 21-14 lead heading in to the third quarter, Thibodaux added to its advantage thanks to an eight play, 53-yard drive that ended with Victor Bimah converting on a 30-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 10-point edge at the 4:43 mark.

The first quarter saw the Tigers marching right down the field to jump ahead 7-0 on a Donta Johnson keeper from 13 yards out.

After Hahnville (2-2, 1-0) tied the game at 7-7 on a Todge Scott 6-yard run with 7:46 remaining in the second period, Thibodaux fired back when after only four plays Jason Richard took a handoff 12 yards around right end for a score. On the first play of the drive, Johnson completed a 53-yard pass to Richard. That play helped set up the eventual touchdown run to make it 14-7.

Not to be outdone, Hahnville put together its own four play, 75-yard drive to tie things up at 14. Lynn Simmons, who finished the night with 206 yards on 27 carries, was responsible for 53 of Hahnville's total yards on the possession.

Thibodaux's final score of the half came on another 80-yard drive that ended with Richard taking it in from three yards out to make the count 21-14.

After rushing for 121 yards in the first half, Johnson was limited to just 17 yards on four carries in the final two periods due to an injury.

"He (Johnson) had a high ankle sprain, and he was just trying to gut it out for us down the stretch," Dugas said. "He gave us everything he had. We did what we could do with him and platooned other guys for him. We were OK for a little while, but like I said, we just didn't finish the game in the end."