VILLE PLATTE – Most of the year the play of the Sacred Heart Trojan offensive unit has been getting all of the headlines. After all, the Trojans came into week nine averaging 37.8 points per game and had scored 40 points or more in five of the eight previous contests.
However, it was the defensive unit that shined brightest here Thursday night, as Sacred Heart held the Hanson Tigers to a paltry 74 yards of total offense, 69 of which came on one play, in a 32-7 non-district win. To underscore the dominance of the Trojan defense, the Tigers were only able to garner five total yards of rushing all night.
With the win, Sacred Heart improves to 6-2 on the year and will finish out the regular season next Friday as they travel to Opelousas to take on the Westminster Crusaders in a District 5-1A game.
“The defense played lights out tonight,” stated Sacred Heart head coach Josh Harper. “This is one of the first weeks that we can honestly say that the defense came out and had a purpose. We challenged the defense this week to come out and step up their game considering that we had been giving up 24 points a game. But, I thought they stepped up to that challenge in a big way.”
On the very first drive of the game, it looked like the gauntlet was thrown down with a vengeance by the Trojan defensive unit, when Sacred Heart stuffed Hanson for a minus six yards on the Tiger’s opening two plays. However, on third and 16 from the Hanson 31-yard line, the Tigers found a way to take advantage of the over aggressive play of the Trojan defense.
Utilizing a sweep pass, running back Stephan Rosamond pulled up and threw a perfect strike to wide out Jacob Srigley who had found himself behind the Trojan defensive backs. Srigley hauled in the pass and out raced the Sacred Heart defenders for a 69-yard touchdown reception. The extra point was good and the Tigers led 7-0 with only 1:27 seconds gone in the first quarter.