Matt Oubre has seen his players work, improve and progress towards a breakthrough over the past few seasons.
Maybe that moment has come. Hahnville is enjoying his best start in some time on the football pitch, as the Tigers went 4-0-1 unbeaten to kick off the 2021-22 campaign before finally falling twice Friday night against the Jesuits, 6-0 and Tuesday night in a tough 1-0 battle against New Iberia.
Despite the two losses to tough opponents, Oubre sees something different about this squad, a team that mixes a strong group of veteran leaders with a roster full of talented underclasses.
“We have three seniors who are really leading the way and doing a great job for us,” Oubre said. “We’re heavy on the juniors and sophomores… I think the most important thing this year is that when we start to substitute, there’s really no drop in our game.”
Oubre said the summer season has been strong and the experience has been invaluable – the players have better understood the system and have entered the current season with increased focus.
“It’s a big reason why we were able to play at a higher level than in the past,” he said.
Seniors Ethan Maher and Chad Breaux are among the leaders of the team. Second-year midfielder Daniel Bowman made his mark as a Tigers midfielder, and junior Sage Hines is another star.
“(Maher) has already scored some big goals for us,” Oubre said. “Chad is playing more of a defensive role and it has just been a rock for us. Both guys really stepped up their leadership, both verbally and through their game. ”
Bowman was out for two games, Oubre said, noting he was missed. The Tigers are playing a game of ball control, possession, and he’s key to it.
One area where the team must continue to improve, Oubre noted, is their ability to finish and score. Hahnville hasn’t struggled to generate scoring opportunities, but converting more of those opportunities into scores could mean the difference between a good and a great season.
“I don’t think it will be long,” he said. “It’s a matter of how many chances we can create and then can we finish one more than the other team. It doesn’t have to be pretty. You just need one more goal.
The Tigers won their fourth victory of the year against Higgins, 3-0. Hines, Brendan Kenney and Maher each scored goals in the victory.
In a victory over ED White, 2-0. Evan Oubre and Jackson Nelson each scored goals at home. Owen Fontenot attended each.
Meanwhile, in the team’s 2-0 victory over Lutcher, Fontenot and Oubre scored the goals. Maher’s goal made the difference in a 1-0 win over Ponchatoula, with Breaux helping in the score.