FRANKLIN — With less than two minutes ticked off the clock, Hanson Memorial and Delcambre combined for 13 points on 135 yards rushing.
The pace slowed from that point on and the Panthers picked up their first win, 47-18, over its former district foe.
Collin Broussard started the game for Hanson with a 75 yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Just three plays later Delcambre’s Jade Dore answered with a 60-yard run for an early 7-6 lead.
The Panthers (1-3) scored 20 unanswered points before Tiger quarterback Drake Rodriguez found Chase Businelle for an 80-yard touchdown pass to cut the halftime lead to 20-12.
“The bottom line is, they were more physical than us tonight,” HMS coach Richard Sandusky said. “We didn’t get the job done up front. That’s something we’ve done the first three games, we got the job done up front on both sides of the ball. Tonight, that just didn’t happen. Delcambre is a good football team and by no means did we take them for granted being 0-3. They were in all three ballgames that they’ve played and turnovers have hurt them.”
After the long Businelle touchdown, Delcambre rattled off 27 straight points to all but put the game away.
Hanson (3-1) had its chances as the Panthers had 10 fumbles and lost two of them.
“We played a lot harder this week,” DHS coach Darcy Delcambre said. “Our kids have been playing hard, but we ran with a little bit more authority out there. We’ve got to stop putting the ball on the ground. Take those seven or eight tonight and add it to the 14 in the last two ball games. You can’t do that and win.”
The teams combined for more than 650 yards on the ground, making for a smash mouth style in wet conditions that led to a combined 13 fumbles with four resulting in turnovers.
“This is the first true, real physical football team that we’ve played,” Sandusky said. “They took it to us. Hats off to them. That’s the good thing about football in the middle of the season, you get another one. We’re going to get back to work on Saturday and move on. We still feel good about this football team — we’re 3-1 and we still have a good football team on our hands right here.”
Collin Broussard led the Tigers with 127 yards on six carries with a touchdown, Haden Judice had 71 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown, and Chase Businelle hauled in three passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Delcambre’s top runner was Dore with 192 yards on 13 carries for two touchdowns and Ashton Eastin had 93 yards on 10 carries for a touchdown.
“It is (nice to get the first win),” Delcambre said. “We felt like we could play this well, we just finally had things bounce our way. Of course, I have to give credit to the kids and the coaches, the coaches have been hard on them the past couple weeks so it was good to get this win.”
Delcambre will host Ascension Episcopal next week and Hanson Memorial will travel to face Basile.