Destrehan man-handled H.L. Bourgeois in their spring game on May 14, getting four scores from their offense while limiting the Braves to only one. But while the defense put up a good performance, Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux really liked what he saw from his offense.
|Destrehan running back Kevin Smith picks up some yardage against H.L. Bourgeois last Friday. The Wildcats unveiled a fast-paced offense that was missing for most of last year. The defense was impressive as well, holding H.L. Bourgeois to only one touchdow
"One thing that impressed me was the tempo of our offense this spring," he said. "The players were running to the huddle and everything moved at a fast pace. The kids really responded well to it."
Destrehan had an off-season offensive coordinator change when Chris Stroud took over the position after serving as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator the previous season. Robicheaux said Stroud has brought a lot of intensity to the offense, and it shows.
Destrehan quarterback Taylor Dunn completed 10 of his first 11 passes during the spring game, while Wildcat running back Kevin Smith had several nice carries.
"Coach Stroud did a really good job of mixing up the run and pass and we were able to move the football because of that," Robicheaux said. "Taylor Dunn and Kevin Smith played real well."
Defensively, the Wildcats held H.L. Bourgeois to only four first downs.
"Marrick Charles and Bryan Singleton looked good on the defensive line and we were able to limit some of what H.L. Bourgeois tried to do on offense," Robicheaux said.
In fact, the Braves lone score came on a 64-yard run. And while H.L. Bourgeois threw the ball 28 times, quarterback Tyler Doiron was only able to complete half of them.
"Our defense put up a good effort and we were able to see what we needed to see for next year," Robicheaux said.
While the Wildcats did have a lot of question marks heading into the game due to last season's 5-6 record, Robicheaux felt that most of them were answered after the game.
"We still have a ways to go, but I was excited about what I saw Friday night," he said. "We have some positions to fill for next season, which left us with some questions. But the guys who stepped into those positions on Friday looked good."