Destrehan ready for Terrebonne

September 12, 2007 at 3:08 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Though the previous two contests between Destrehan and St. James have been close, the Wildcat defense assured that this year's margin of victory would be more in Destrehan's favor by forcing four turnovers in their 21-7 win.

Now, that unit will look to carry over that stellar performance and lead the Wildcats to a homecoming victory over Terrebonne Friday night.

"The defense was important because St. James has a real good offense, two real good running backs, and we were concerned with that going into the game," Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux said. "I thought our defense played well, as did our offense as far as scoring when we needed to. Overall, I thought it was a good team effort."

Terrebonne also used a solid performance from both sides of the ball to bounce back from an opening season loss to Ellender with a 48-12 win over John McDonogh. In that victory, Terrebonne displayed a powerful ground attack and a preventive defense, which impressed Robicheaux.

"They ran the ball well against John McDonogh, so that's a little bit of a concern and we have to concentrate on that," he said. "Defensively, they play four-deep and I would imagine they are going to try to make us complete a lot of stuff underneath. We just have to go out and play the game and get better as a football team."

The Destrehan offense should have little trouble accomplishing that feat, especially if the unit finally gets to play a game on a dry field.

Because the Wildcats like to spread the ball around on offense, the wet conditions that have greeted the team in their first two games has hampered their success.

"We are still waiting to play on a dry field, so hopefully this week we can do that," Robicheaux said. "With the type of offense we run, the field conditions have been a little bit of a problem."

Still though, the offense did enough to pull out a victory over a tough St. James team and managed to score when they needed to.

Helping the team accomplish that was the play of quarterback Jordan Jefferson and receivers Damaris Johnson and Tim Molton.

Jefferson connected on 15 of his 29 attempts for 234 yards with two touchdowns, while Johnson had 158 yards receiving on nine catches and Molton had 56 yards on one catch. Both receivers also scored touchdowns.

"I was pleased with the way we threw the ball," Robicheaux said. "It didn't rain Friday night, but as the night got later and later, the field was in bad shape, so I was happy that we were able to move the football under those conditions. Your goal is to win them all, and right now, we've played two and won two, so obviously we are happy with that."

However, something that might prove to be an even bigger problem than a wet field are all the homecoming festivities that have taken place this week.

"Homecoming is for everybody except the football team," Robicheaux said. "It's for the fans, the administration, and the students and they do a great job of showing school spirit and it's a great event. But, it's a nightmare for the football team and the coaches because coaches don't like distractions."

What makes it even tougher is that there is only so much Robicheaux can do to keep the team focused.

"You just go into it and hope to make them realize that from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. we are preparing for Terrebonne," he said. "It's fun for the kids, but hopefully they realize that the most important event this week is the football game."

And if they are able to realize that one simple fact, the team just needs to concentrate on the fundamentals in order to secure their third victory of the season.

"We just have to continue to play and work hard," Robicheaux said. "We have to go out there and tackle, block, and pass, and do what we do during practice and hope we can get better this week."

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