CENTERVILLE — District 7-A rivals Hanson and Centerville got an early start on the season as the two teams played in the Centerville Taco Bell Jamboree Thursday evening.
Hanson played Covenant Christian of Houma in the opening game while host Centerville took on District 7-A rival Central Catholic in the nightcap.
In the opener, Hanson trailed by two touchdowns, rallied to tie the score in the second half but eventually fell to the Lions 27-13. Centerville fell to Central 26-0 in the second game. The game finished too late for a report to be filed.
Hanson coach Chris Sanders had mixed emotions about his Tigers in the first game. Sanders was disappointed his team fell behind, happy they tied the game and disappointed that they allowed Covenant to pull away late.
“I told our guys our focus was not very good at the beginning of the game,” said Sanders, starting his second year at his alma mater. “But we rebounded after halftime, fought our way back, made a couple of plays, tied the game up and then lost focus again.
“We couldn’t maintain focus for a full half of a football game, which doesn’t bode well for us when we have to play four quarters. We have to fix that before we can fix any of the X’s and O’s stuff.”
Covenant scored twice in the first half. On the opening kickoff, Covenant’s Channing Hollaway went right through the Hanson defense and finished 65 yards later in the end zone for the touchdown.
The Lions led 6-0 after the PAT was missed.
Hanson started well. The Tigers’ opening drive covered 48 yards with runs and passes from senior quarterback Stephen Rosamond but a failed fourth down conversion gave the ball back to the Lions, who went 65 yards in seven plays and finished with a five-yard scoring run from Anthony Ruffin. With the point after, Covenant led 13-0. Neither teams scored the rest of the first half.
The fireworks came in the second half.
Hanson punted after three plays but the Lions’ muffed the catch and the Tigers recovered the ball before promptly throwing an interception.
After a Covenant punt, Hanson got on the board with a drive that ended with a 12-yard Rosamond run for a score to cut the lead to 13-6. The point after was try blocked by the Lions.
On the ensuing kickoff, Hanson’s Braden Loustalot stripped the ball from the Covenant returner and ran it back 45 yards for a score. Lawson St. Blanc’s point after tied the game at 13-all.
And then on the ensuing kickoff, Covenant’s Anthony Ruffin caught the kick and ran through the Hanson defense 65 yards for a score and after the 2-point conversion the Lions led 21-13.
Covenant added another score late in the game for the final margin.
“We sputtered on offense,” Sanders said. “We didn’t do the little things well. We had some missed blocks, some missed blocking schemes, bad snaps, some good snaps that we fumbled.
“You name the mistake, we made it. We need to be better than we showed tonight. There were times when we looked fairly decent and other time we didn’t.”
Sanders finished by saying that his team needs to work on everything before next Friday’s season opener at St. Edmund in Eunice. Centerville opens the season at home against Northwood-Lena.