Mandeville loss…

Mandeville gains just 126 total yards in loss to Hahnville

BY JIM DERRY | STAFF WRITER SEP 14, 2019 – 2:06 AM

Heading into their home opener, Mandeville was fired up after a 65-point performance to start the season on the road at Poplarville (Miss.). They knew Week 2 would be much tougher against one of the state’s top front lines in Hahnville.

They likely had no idea exactly how tough it would be.

Held to 126 total yards, including just 19 on the ground, the Skippers were stymied in a 34-13 loss on Friday at Sidney Theriot Stadium.

Mandeville (1-1) also coughed it up four times and had a field-goal attempt blocked.

“We immediately turn the ball over on our first possession on an extremely ill-advised throw, and it turns into a touchdown,” Mandeville coach Hutch Gonzales said. “We fought back and stayed in the game, but we come out of half, get a great stop, and make another bonehead play that turns into a drive for them.

“When you play a team that is as good as they are, and a defense as good as that one, you have to play well. And you certainly can’t have four turnovers.”

Following a Devon Tott interception on the third play from scrimmage, Hahnville (2-0) scored on a 20-yard touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead 3:26 into the game. The Skippers got right back into it on the ensuing drive, as Tott found Will Sheppard on a 14-yard scoring pass to tie the score.

However, Sheppard only caught one more pass after that, Tott, who tossed eight touchdown passes in Week 1, was sacked four times on the night and threw two interceptions.

“They have a couple of D-I’s and that’s nice for them,” Tott said. “Their defense was showing many different coverages, and doing different things than (they saw on film). They really took (Sheppard) out of the game. It was very frustrating, but we’ll pick it back up next week.”

The Skippers final non-district game will come at home next week in a meeting against Hannan, which lost 49-8 to Teurlings Catholic on Friday in their home opener.

Against the Tigers, Tott and his fellow Skippers did their best to get back in it and came within 28-13 with 9:33 remaining on a 4-yard touchdown run by Zahn Diaz. However, Hahnville came right back down the field to put it away, as Darryle Evans scored his second touchdown of the night – this one from 6 yards out for the night’s final points with 5:49 to go.

Diaz gained 29 yards on 17 carries and had eight of those rush attempts go for either zero or negative yards. Tott finished 13-of-23 for 107 yards.

“We’d have times when Zahn would go for 5 or 6 yards, but then it would be minus-1 or zero,” Gonzales said. “They made it tough to run the ball up front, so we had to put it in the air a little more than we wanted to, and it just didn’t work out.

“Our defense played well. The scoreboard was not indicative of the physicality of the game or the flow. Our defense really rose to the occasion, being put in several bad positions. … It’s coach speak, but this one is over. By 9 a.m. (Saturday) we will put this one behind us and we won’t talk about it any more.”

The only player on the field who really did anything that might catch one’s eye was Evans, who had more than half of the Tigers’ offensive output. He gained 93 yards on 27 carries with two scores. The rest of the Hahnville offense gained 91 yards, and junior quarterback Drew Naquin was 8-of-13 for 59 yards with an interception.

CONTACT JIM DERRY AT JDERRY@STTAMMANYFARMER.NET.

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