REPLAY: With twins facing off, Hahnville edges De La Salle, 14-13

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BOUTTE – When it was done, after dozens of players and coaches shook hands, twin brothers Cole and Jude Milford embraced.

Cole Milford, the De La Salle quarterback, and Jude Milford, the Hahnville linebacker, went toe-to-toe along with their teammates for 48 minutes before a missed field goal on the final play of the game allowed Jude Milford and the Tigers to walk away with a 14-13 victory Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

Their parents, Rebecca and Brad, arrived about an hour before the game wearing white shirts, their last name on the front and their sons’ jersey numbers and school logos on each sleeve.

The twins spent the last week mostly apart, with Jude Milford staying with a teammate.

“My brother’s my best friend,” Cole Milford said. “I always knew he had my back on game day. We’re the ones hyping each other up. I had to find another outlet to hype me up to play against him.

“It was almost like college came early. It was a blessing, but I was kind of angry about it at the same time.”

Jude Milford had been held out of contact in practice this week with a shoulder injury, so conditioning may have been a factor for him Friday.

“Other than that, I loved every second of (this week),” he said.

When Jude Milford tackled his brother in the first quarter, it was the first time he’s ever had the chance to do so. “It was pretty fun,” Jude said.

Myles Sider’s 5-yard touchdown run was the only score of the first half as De La Salle forced three Hahnville turnovers for a 7-0 lead at halftime.

The Tigers scored on two of their first three possessions of the second half – on a 23-yard pass from Donovan Friloux to Troy Kendrick and a 1-yard run by K’Jon Smith – to take a 14-7 lead with 7:51 remaining.

Smith’s tie-breaking score came at the end of a 17-play, 70-yard drive that took 7:26, but it took De La Salle just three plays to answer.

Jace Bienemy got behind the Hahnville secondary for a 73-yard touchdown pass from Cole Milford to pull the Cavaliers within a point, but after a high snap on the PAT, De’Ante LeBranch tried to run for the conversion and came up short.

The Cavaliers got a final chance when they forced a fumble and took over at their 35 with 4:09 to play.

Cole Milford hadn’t had much success running in the first 44 minutes, but he rushed for 38 yards on the final drive as De La Salle moved to the Hahnville 10.

“We knew we were tiring them out,” said Cole Milford, who accounted for 117 of his 156 total yards in the final eight minutes. “We got the ball down and ran the ball very well.”

Gabe Capasso came on for the game-winner from 27 yards, but it was wide right, giving the Tigers the victory.

“They’re growing and learning,” said Hahnville coach Daniel Luquet, whose team overcame a minus-4 turnover margin to win. “This is going to help us moving forward.”

After a rocky first half, Friloux finished with 67 yards rushing, 63 of those in the second half, and completed 13 of 29 passes for 133 yards. Kendrick caught seven passes for 85 yards.

The win lifted Hahnville back to .500 on the season and sent Jude Milford back home with bragging rights.

“The week was finally here, and now it’s over,” Cole Milford said. “Now we’ll go home, hang out, play Madden, do brother stuff.”

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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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