MATHEWS – Central Lafourche got a couple of big plays from senior wide receiver David Robinson to change the momentum in its nondistrict win over archrival South Lafourche on Friday night.

The Trojans trailed by three points late in the third quarter when Robinson broke free on a 75-yard scoring run to give Central Lafourche a lead it would never relinquish. The Trojans forced a three and out on the Tarpons next possession and on the punt, Robinson had a block, scoop and score to put the Trojans up by double digits. South Lafourche answered on its next possession with a touchdown, but Central Lafourche running back Deon Jenkins put the game out of reach with his 49-yard touchdown run in a 36-24 victory at Trojans Stadium.

“David didn’t have a bunch of touches in the first half. He had a pulled calf (muscle). Deon had to pick up the load and we tried to mix it up a bit,” Trojans coach Keith Menard said. “Deon had a great game. David had a great game and our special teams had to win the game for us. We had great returns, good coverage and a punt block. David got a scoop and score and that was great to see.”

Behind its running game South Lafourche (1-2 overall) held an 18-15 lead to start the third quarter. The Tarpons (449 total yards, 23 first downs) tried to extend its lead but an 11-play drive stalled giving the ball to the Trojans at their 6.

Three plays later, Robinson (13 carries, 117 yards, 2 TDs) ran a sweep but instead of going outside, Robinson cut through the Tarpons defense. Robinson bounced off several tackles before finding a seam for the 75-yard touchdown run and a 22-18 lead with 4:32 in the third quarter.

South Lafourche ran only three plays on its next possession and that is when Robinson came clean from the left side and took the ball of the punter’s foot. The ball bounced backwards, but Robinson picked it up around the 15 and ran it in for a touchdown and a 29-18 lead with 2:04 showing on the third quarter clock.

Even though the Trojans (1-2 overall) trailed at halftime, Robinson said the team was still confident going into the second half.

“Every week we go in the locker room and we always say let’s change the momentum. We seem to play better in the second half. We just wanted to come out and score then get a stop and score again,” Robinson said. “I was able to pick up my team, but my team picked me up also. I just seen a hole (on the touchdown run) and I cutback. They were closing in but I saw the hole and just hit it.”

South Lafourche scored its only touchdown of the second half when Corbin Allen (27 carries, 226 yards, 2 TDs) went for a 27-yard touchdown run to make it 29-24 with 10:58 left in fourth quarter.

But three plays into Central Lafourche’s next possession, Jenkins (23 carries for 158 yards, 2 TDs) broke a couple of tackles and the Tarpons back with his 49-yard scoring run for a 36-24 lead and 10:04 left to play.

“We were playing not to lose instead of playing to win. When you do that you are walking on eggshells and it never comes out in your favor,” Tarpons coach Blake Forsythe said. “Ninety percent of the teams that give up a punt block don’t win. It is a huge momentum play and we didn’t do what it took offensively, defensively or special teams.”

The Tarpons scored on its first drive of the game on Allen’s 37-yard run. The snap on the extra point was low and holder Jelby Cheramie found Eric Thibodaux on a pass for a two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead with 10:57 in the first quarter.

South Lafourche extended its lead to 11-0 on a 27-yard field goal by Jesse Torres, but Central Lafourche (295 total yards, 14 first downs) went on a 10-play drive as Jenkins scored on a 1-yard run.

On the extra point, holder Matthew Loupe found Robinson for a two-point conversion for an 11-8 score with 7:48 left in the second quarter. The teams traded touchdowns to end the first half as South Lafourche got a 2-yard run from Jeremy Rogers and Robinson scored on a 1-yard run to make it 18-15 at halftime.