Destrehan survives East St. John, wins on overtime touchdown


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Carson Reider celebrates with teammates after hauling in a game-winning touchdown for Destrehan.
Carson Reider celebrates with teammates after hauling in a game-winning touchdown for Destrehan.
Emotions quickly turned from agony to ecstasy for Destrehan in the closing minutes of Friday night's home district game with East St. John, a dramatic 35-34 victory in overtime for the host Wildcats.

A potential game-winning kick by Phillip Stratton sailed wide to end regulation in a 28-28 tie. But after East St. John went ahead by six in overtime, it missed a two-point conversion attempt. 

That left a window for Destrehan, which took advantage when J.R. Blood connected with Carson Rieder for a 6-yard touchdown to tie the game momentarily before Stratton stepped up and drilled the point after attempt, sealing the win and sending Destrehan's sideline into an elated frenzy. 

"It was the same play we missed on against Hahnville. We stayed after, threw 10 to 15 balls ... it was the same play. It was surreal," Blood said. "You have so many things going through your mind, but you've got to stay calm and collected."

Rieder said all the practice lent to instincts kicking in on the fateful play. 

"You don't even think, it just happens," he said. "All I knew was I had to catch it."

Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said East St. John's Javon Antonio and Jarius Monroe each had big nights crashing the box and making plays against the Destrehan running game, but that the game-ending score provided a counter to ESJ's aggressiveness. 

"We were kind of setting it up with (Rieder)," he said. "They were coming hard with (Antonio), he and (Monroe) at safety had phenominal nights coming down on John (Emery). We kinda got him to bite. Then Phillip came through with the big kick at the end and got the job done, and that was big for him."

He added he felt fortunate to leave the field with a victory. 

"We were lucky to get out of here with a win, no doubt," Robicheaux said. "Coach (Alden) Foster did a tremendous job, and they have some great athletes."

Much of the night was marred with penalties and negative plays on both sides, but it all set up another dramatic finish down the stretch of the historically heated rivalry.

East St. John (3-3, 2-1) trailed 21-20 with just under eight minutes left when Kyle Henderson hauled in a touchdown reception to give his team a 28-21 lead (after a two-point conversion was successful).

Destrehan (4-2, 2-1) fired back after a 38-yard Blood to Quincy Brown pass set DHS up deep in ESJ territory. Emery capped the drive with a 4-yard score to tie things up.

DHS made a stop and drove down in 9 plays to the ESJ 7 yard line with 10 seconds left to play, but Stratton’s kick was wide and the teams went to overtime.

Dasmain Crosby’s 3rd and 14 pass to Javon Antonio for a touchdown led off the O.T. period —and went down as one of the more spectacular plays of the game — but in the end it was Blood and Rieder connecting to seal the victory. 

"This game is played though adversity," Blood said. "You have ups, you have downs, and you have to keep moving. The most important thing is the next play."

Emery finished the night with 197 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Blood passed for 138 yards and two touchdowns, while Amauchechukwu Nnaji-Collins scored on a fumble recovery for DHS. 




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