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Tarpons claim second 7-5A win in five days

South Lafourche quarterback Dominick Fillinich (46) makes a pass during Friday's District 7-5A game in Mathews. (Photo by Brandon Queen/Correspondent)

MATHEWS — It is a rarity in high school football for a varsity team to play twice in one week, but South Lafourche did just that posting District 7-5A wins over Terrebonne on Monday and Central Lafourche on Friday night in Mathews.

Amid sloppy conditions, the Tarpons grinded out a 35-14 victory thanks in large part to turning a pair of poor snaps to the punter and two fumbles into 22 of their 35 points.

Although it wasn't a thing of beauty, South Lafourche coach Dennis Skains said he was proud of his guys four "gutting it out."

For the game, the Tarpons only held a 214-to-195 edge in total yards.

South Lafourche's game against Terrebonne on Monday was originally scheduled for last Friday, but had to be pushed back due to the threat of Tropical Storm Karen.

"We needed a win," Skains said of his squad that improved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in District 7-5A action. "It is extremely important from a power point standpoint to get this one. We don't have much room for a mistake right now. We definitely have some things we need to clean up on, but we'll take it."

South Lafourche jumped on the board first after Davey Cheramie scooped up a blocked punt and ran it in 35 yards for a score to make it 6-0 following a failed extra point try by Cy Griffin.

Not to be outdone, Central Lafourche's Thomas Wesley returned the ensuing Tarpons kick 99 yards for a touchdown to put the Trojans ahead 7-6 after a successful Brader Dufrene extra point attempt.

On its next possession, South Lafourche put together a six-play drive stretching 51 yards to reach the end zone. Capping off the drive was a 14-yard completion from Dominick Fillinich to Harvey Allen that made it 13-7 with 3:55 remaining in the first quarter.

After forcing a three-and-out, South Lafourche benefitted from another bad snap over the head of the punter. This time the snap went through the end zone for a touchback to make the score 15-7.

Following another scoop and score by Cheramie, South Lafourche found itself in front 22-7 with 10:58 left to play in the half.

After taking advantage of another fumble and turning it into points on shortened field, the Tarpons stretched their lead to 28-7.

Central Lafourche (3-3, 1-2) found an answer in the form of a 76-yard drive late in the first half to make the score 28-14. The key play of the possession was a 60-yard run by Da'Quan Gray that helped set up a 1-yard keeper by quarterback Chandler Richard with 1:26 showing on the clock.

The final score came on a Fillinich 23-yard strike to Allen with 3:32 remaining in the third quarter to give South Lafourche its 21-point winning margin.