Assumption High’s comeback attempt against Terrebonne High came a little too late during Friday’s nondistrict game.
The Mustangs trailed by 18 points at halftime, but they used a 21-point fourth quarter to pull within five points of Terrebonne with 1:40 left.
But Terrebonne’s Treveon Johnson recovered an onside kick late to preserve the Tigers’ 38-33 win over the Mustangs on homecoming night at Thomas B. Smith Memorial Stadium in Houma.
The Tigers (3-0 overall) led 7-0 after the first quarter, 24-6 at halftime and 24-12 at the end of the third quarter.
Assumption (1-2 overall) tried to battle back, but the score was just too much to overcome. It is the second straight year that Terrebonne has started the year 3-0.
“It got ugly at the end for us, but we played great for three quarters and put ourselves in that position," Terrebonne coach Gary Hill said. “If we learn to finish that fourth quarter, I think we’re going to be OK throughout the season. We played hard. We played great early. To be 3-0 with a team that’s as young as we are and what was kind of predicted for them, I’m very pleased with them. The kids have worked hard. They are getting everything they deserve. I couldn't be more proud of them.”
Before their late charge, it was a night of miscues for the Mustangs, who finished with more total yards than Terrebonne (337-328) but committed four turnovers (three interceptions and a lost fumble) and had a punt attempt blocked.
“We just dug ourselves too deep of a hole early on,” Assumption coach Anthony Paine said. “We came out flat with no enthusiasm or excitement and they took it to us early on. We didn’t respond until late in the game and decided to start playing but it was just too little too late.”
The Tigers (208 passing, 120 rushing yards) got big plays all night, but none stood out more than sophomore quarterback Jakhi Douglas and senior receiver/defensive back Brennon Guidry.
Douglas completed 16-of-21 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns. Douglas’ touchdowns all came in the first half to put the Tigers up 21-0 early. Douglas threw touchdowns of 1-yard to D’Jon Scott, 22 yards to Treveon Johnson and 15-yards to Guidry.
Hill said it was fun watching all of Terrebonne’s offensive weapons at work early.
“It was great utilizing all our weapons. We just go from one to the next,” Hill said. “It makes it hard for people to defend it. Those things open up our offense. These kids have worked their tails off and they’ve done a great job for us. I couldn’t be happier for them.”
Douglas (seven carries, 68 yards rushing) also played as a defensive back and intercepted a pass from Assumption quarterback Tijah Parker (14-of-29, 215 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs). He was ready to make plays all over the field Friday.
“Coach always told us to jump on them early. That’s what we did,” Douglas said. “When the coaches need us to go in, we’re going to go out there and do what we’ve got to do. If they need a pick, we’re going to get a pick. If they need a tackle, we’re going to get a tackle.”
Guidry also helped on both sides of the ball by catching six passes for 111 yards and a score and grabbing an interception during the second half on defense.
“It feels good to come out on homecoming and put up a win like we did (Friday) night,” Guidry said.
In the second quarter, Assumption (192 passing, 145 rushing) scored its first touchdown on a 7-yard run from Zyshawn Richard, but Terrebonne kicker Mauro Ramirez nailed a 28-yard field goal as time expired to make it 24-6 Tigers at halftime.
Parker hit receiver Brad Hill Jr. (three catches, 102 yards) on a 70-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-12 with 7:05 left in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Terrebonne scored two quick touchdowns on a 5-yard run from KeShawn James and a 1-yard run from Chaz Ward. The Tigers also had an interception from linebacker Cullen Boudreaux, a 16-yard pass on a high snap over the punter from Ramirez to Mason Turner for a first down, a blocked punt from Dillon Babin and recovery from Jace Gatlin and an onside kick recovery from Turner.
Assumption ended the game late with a 26-yard run from Ernest Adams (97 yards on 16 carries), a 7-yard touchdown pass from Parker to Richard and a 2-yard touchdown run from Philquante Johnson that end the game’s scoring.
Guidry said the Tigers were happy to win the game, but wished for a cleaner finish.
“We've just got to finish,” Guidry said. “We've just got to keep it rolling. It was getting sloppy towards the fourth quarter. We allowed a couple of points. I think we were just tired. We just got to keep it rolling like the first half.”
Terrebonne will hit the road next week to play nondistrict opponent Patterson in an attempt to move to 4-0.
“We’re the only team undefeated in our district,” Douglas said. “We’re just going to try to keep that going.”
Assumption will open District 7-4A play at E.D. White Catholic next week and Paine said his team will have to get to work.
“The season is not going to wait. It’s going to keep grinding,” Paine said. “We’ve got to come to work each day with that mindset that right now we are young and immature in a lot of positions. I don’t think we know how to handle it. Until that happens, we are going to keep getting these disappointing results.”