Destrehan’s flourishing offense will be key as district begins

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Destrehan running back Will Mathews follows his blockers for a nice gain in his team’s loss to Dutchtown.
Destrehan running back Will Mathews follows his blockers for a nice gain in his team’s loss to Dutchtown.
In back-to-back weeks, Destrehan has put together their best defensive performance of the season against West Jefferson and their best offensive performance in last week’s loss to Dutchtown.

If the Wildcats can put both of them together at the same time, they will be a very dangerous team in district play.

After upsetting West Jefferson, the Wildcats turned junior quarterback Donovan Isom loose against Dutchtown. Isom responded by rushing for 122 yards and three touchdowns while completing 22 of 34 passes for 216 yards. Destrehan also got 78 yards receiving from Rickey Jefferson

Still, those efforts weren’t enough to stop the Griffins, who won 42-21 thanks to the efforts of quarterback Mason Nickens. The Dutchtown quarterback passed for 137 yards and rushed for 80 more to pace his team to the victory.

The Dutchtown offensive line corralled Destrehan’s defense, providing plenty of room for the Griffins rushing game to flourish and Nickens enough time to pick apart the Wildcats in the passing game.

A critical moment came on the final drive of the first half after Isom drove the Wildcats down the field with under two minutes left. Trailing 21-7 with five seconds to go in the half, the Wildcats found themselves on the six-yard line and opted for a 22-yard field goal try. Cameron Walsh missed and Destrehan headed into the locker room down two scores.

In the second half the Griffins marched down the field on their first drive to bring the score to 28-7. The Wildcats faltered on the next drive and were forced to punt, but an incomplete lateral pass by Nickens was ruled a fumble and the Wildcats recovered in Griffins territory.

Isom would convert the turnover by peeling off a long run to the Griffins’ three-yard line, which he followed up on the next play with a quarterback keeper for a touchdown. Down 28-14 and with momentum on their side it looked like Destrehan had a chance at a comeback, but Dutchtown came back with another touchdown to make it 35-14.

The Griffins quick-scoring offense would prove to be too much for the Wildcats to overcome in the fourth quarter.

After playing in arguably their toughest games of the season in back-to-back weeks, the Wildcats enter what seems like a weak district this season. The five teams in the district, Bonnabel, Destrehan, East St. John, Hahnville, Higgins and John Ehret, have a combined 7-16 record so far.

The Wildcats opponent Friday night, Higgins, is 1-2 on the season with losses to O.P. Walker and Covington. Their first win came last week against Brother Martin, and while the Hurricanes have struggled this season, they finally showed signs of life on offense in their 26-7 victory.

Quarterback Rhyidh Wilson rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns while running back Theron Williams added 61 yards on the ground and two more scores. But the big surprise was the play of the Higgins defense, who had allowed 48 points in their first two games of the season.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Destrehan.

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