Destrehan faces toughest non-district test of season

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DOMINATION. The Destrehan defense has been exceptional so far this season, with the first-string unit only allowing one touchdown in their first three games.
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DOMINATION. The Destrehan defense has been exceptional so far this season, with the first-string unit only allowing one touchdown in their first three games.
The first-team Destrehan defense has only allowed one touchdown all season long, and that dominance was on display against Higgins as they shutout a squad that was averaging 37.5 points a game and helped their team to a 20-0 win.

“Obviously, we are excited about getting a win against a good, quality opponent,” Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “They had been putting up more than 30 points a game and we were happy to get a shutout.”

But Robicheaux was not as excited about his team's performance on offense. The Wildcats fumbled the ball away three times and had an interception. Those four momentum-busting turnovers never allowed the offense to get in much of a rythym, though the unit clicked a lot more in the second half.

It seemed like Destrehan would blow away Higgins in the first quarter after Wynrick Smothers found a wide-open Brandon Armstrong for a 65-yard touchdown. Things slowed down after that big play.

An interception stalled the Wildcats’ next drive, and they didn't score again until Ryan Rome connected on a 42-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

“We made a lot of mistakes with the three fumbles and an interception,” Robicheaux said. “But we are still happy that we were able to get a big win.”

Myron Smith would stretch the lead to 17-0 with an 11-yard run in the third quarter, with Rome adding the final score on a field goal in the fourth.

Though the Wildcats were still able to pick up the win despite the four turnovers, it’s unlikely that they will be able to get away with that when they host John Ehret on Friday.

The Patriots are coming off a 9-4 season that ended with a loss in the semifinals of the 5A state playoffs. The team is 3-0 so far this year, with victories over Independence, McDonogh #35 and Archbishop Shaw. They beat Independence 27-6, then destroyed both McDonogh #35 and Archbishop Shaw by scores of 43-13 and 42-14.

“If you want to say that last year was our year, then this year should be their year,” Robicheaux said. “Their quarterback is a senior, their running back is a senior and they have one of the best receivers we will face. Their linebacker is also drawing interest from LSU.

“They are big and physical and they are going to be a team to be reckoned with this season.”

Ehret's quarterback, Rico Jones, threw four touchdowns in last weeks win over Shaw. Two of those passes, on plays of 33 and 21 yards, went to Craig Johnson. Patriot running back DeAnte' Triplett also scored once on a 6-yard run.

Their defensive unit, led by linebacker Lamin Barrow, is extremely aggressive.

“It's crazy because John Ehret attacks on defense and they come at you on every play,” Robicheaux said. “We told the team that we don't want to have any negative plays, but that's going to be hard because Ehret causes a lot of confusion.”

Robicheaux says that the key to a victory is just how much pressure his defense can apply.

“It's going to come down to defense and we are going to have to play well,” Robicheaux said. “Hopefully, our defensive line will be able to get enough pressure on their quarterback.”

Click here to view pictures from the Destrehan, Higgins game. More pictures also available here.

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