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Thibodaux flies by Braves, 49-6


Thibodaux's Jaquan Chenier rumbles for yardage on Friday night against H.L Bourgeois in Houma. The Tigers won. (Photo by Jim Cenac/Correspondent)


Thibodaux High coach Chris Dugas told his team before the game that it would need to score early and often to defeat its opponent, the H.L. Bourgeois Braves, because of how hard the Braves would come out and fight.

And that's exactly what the Thibodaux Tigers did.

Four first quarter touchdowns gave the Tigers a big lead early which they held on to the rest of the way in their 49-6 victory over the Braves in District 7-5A action at a sloppy Tom B. Smith Stadium field on Friday night in Houma.

"When you have a team like (H.L.) Bourgeois, they're kind of like a snake backed into a corner," Dugas said. "At 0-4, they're going to come out and fight because they need to get one. We needed to weather the storm early against these guys because they are going to come out hard and fight at the beginning. I was pleased with our performance on both sides of the ball. I knew it would be a rough night with these wet conditions. I'm glad we were able to overcome that and put some points on the board."

Jaquan Chenier (7 rushes, 77 yards, TD) started the scoring for Thibodaux (3-2 overall, 1-1 district) on 1-yard touchdown run with 9:18 left in the first quarter. Victor Bimah's extra point was good and the Tigers led 7-0.

After a three-and-out on the next possession, the Braves punted to Jason Richard who broke through the coverage and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown. The extra point gave Thibodaux a 14-0 lead.

Richard extended the Tigers lead to 21-0 on a 63-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Peyton Bonvillain with 6:08 to go in the first period.

H.L. Bourgeois (0-5 overall, 0-1 district) struck back when Tylone Johnson found room up the middle and scampered 74 yards for a touchdown. The failed 2-point conversion made it 21-6 with left in the first.

Bonvillain (12 rushes, 159 yards, 3 TD) capped the opening quarter scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:09 to go and Thibodaux led 28-6.

Thibodaux led 35-6 after a Bonvillain 24-yard touchdown run with 5:02 left in the second quarter.

After a Marquis Garman interception, the Tigers took over at the Braves' 47-yard line with 1:22 left in the half.

Thibodaux marched down the field and quarterback Trey Leblanc found Devaughn Brown in the end zone with seven seconds left to take a 42-6 halftime lead.

Leblanc filled in for Donta Johnson, who usually teams up with Bonvillain as the Thibodaux quarterback duo.

Johnson sat out this game with an ankle sprain he suffered in the second quarter of Thibodaux's loss to Hahnville last week.

Coach Dugas talked about his quarterback duo for this game.

"Peyton and Trey both did a great job," Dugas said. "Peyton was dynamic running the football along with making some good throws as well. Trey is more of our true passer and he also made some good throws. We were happy to see both of those guys perform really well tonight."

The lone touchdown of the second half came in the third quarter on Bonvillain's third rushing touchdown. His 63-yard scoring play made it 49-6 in favor of Thibodaux and the score would remain.

Thibodaux had 516 total yards (345 rushing, 171 passing) of offense, with 333 yards coming in the first half.

H.L. Bourgeois had 238 yards of offense (166 rushing, 72 passing). Tylone Johnson led the way with 92 yards on seven carries and three catches for 28 yards. "It's just tough. They did everything right. I did everything wrong as a coach. It's my fault," H.L. Bourgeois coach Daron Franklin said. "But we'll get better. I want my kids to understand that we're in one of the toughest districts in the state. Coaching-wise, we tried to do some things but maybe we just don't have enough experience to adjust and adapt. We've got to find a way to prepare better and tackle better. We'll bounce back though and put the effort we need to represent this school and this community."