Three first-half touchdowns from Terrebonne High quarterback Ja’khi Douglas propelled the Tigers to a 49-7 District 7-5A victory over archrival H.L. Bourgeois on Friday night.
Douglas accounted for 169 total offensive yards and four scores – two rushing, one passing and one receiving – while Tigers defense had four sacks at Thomas B. Smith Memorial Stadium.
"We played well. We had some penalties and mistakes that got three touchdowns called back, but we played hard," Tigers coach Gary Hill said. "H.L. was physical. They came to make it a rivalry. We just had to do what we’ve been doing all year and wear people down."
"We preached all week about being the more disciplined team to have a shot," Braves coach Ryan Fournier said. "Terrebonne has some great players. It snowballed on us towards the end. I’m extremely proud of my team. They played hard for four quarters. Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way."
Terrebonne (9-0 overall, 5-0 in district) got on the scoreboard on its second possession. After Chaz Ward (19 carries, 171 yards, 2 TDs) rumbled for a 23-yard gain, Douglas scampered up the middle on a 28-yard touchdown. Dylan Cruse made the PAT for a 7-0 first quarter lead.
H.L. Bourgeois (2-7 overall, 1-4 district) initial second quarter drive consumed 13 plays and was kept alive by fake punt. William Babin took the punt snap and galloped 26 yards to the Tigers 19-yard line.
Braves quarterback Jordan Rainey (11-of-21, 71 yards, TD) capped the drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to D’Keyvion Sanders. Rodney Bouvier made the PAT, tying the game 7-7 at the 6:16 mark.
Douglas would find the end zone on the final two Tigers possessions of the half. First Keshawn James hit him in stride on a 32-yard touchdown pass. Then on the quarterback keeper, Douglas plowed 14 yards for a score, giving Terrebonne a 21-7 halftime lead.
"When we got the ball, we didn’t do anything with it early on," Hill said. "Once we got going with some momentum, we were able to move the football. We ran the ball well up front. They have a great defensive front. We just did a great job of attacking them."
"We executed well, had some things go our way in the first half," Fournier said. "They did us some favors and kept us on the field a couple of times with penalties. They made adjustments at halftime, and we didn’t execute as well in the second half."
The Tigers defense only allowed three Braves first downs in the second half. They also got two sacks from William Robinson and one each from Cullen Butler and Adrian Dixon.
The Terrebonne offense added four scores in the fourth quarter. Ward sprinted around left end for an 8-yard touchdown. The point after snap was high, but D’Jon Scott scooped up the ball and darted into the end zone for a two-point conversion.
After Dixon recovered a Rainey fumble at the Tigers 25-yard line, Terrebonne capitalized with Ward juking five Braves defenders en route to a 14-yard touchdown run.
Then Douglas tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Scott, and Kwan Allen bulldozed 1 yard for a touchdown to end the scoring.
"The defense has played well all year. They did a great job of changing the momentum of the game," Hill said. "They have a young quarterback who played good. He completed a lot of passes and trying to keep us off balance. We did a great job containing everything."
"Ja’khi is a special player, and I have so much respect for him. He and Chaz Ward, that offense is loaded," Fournier said. "Obviously, Ja’khi is the guy that makes it all go. As a football fan, he’s fun to watch. It’s hard to keep a player like that down for an entire game."
H.L. Bourgeois is hosting Hahnville in Week 10, while Terrebonne travels to Destrehan with the District 7-5A title at stake.
"A lot of people thought we wouldn’t get here, didn’t think we’d be in this position," Hill said. "For us to get to this point is a great accomplishment for our team. We still have goals to achieve. We’re going to go there and represent our school and our area as best we can."