Wildcats need to match physical play of 8-3 Ruston
|Photo by Jonathan Menard|
Destrehan quarterback Wynrick Smothers ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead his team to a 29-7 win over Jesuit.
The win moved the Wildcats past the first round and into a showdown with 15th seeded Ruston, who Destrehan will face at home on Friday.
Destrehan took an early lead against Jesuit thanks to the quickness of quarterback Wynrick Smothers, who continually escaped pressure by scampering out of the pocket. Smothers eventually scored on a 1-yard run to give Destrehan a 7-0 first quarter lead.
In the second quarter, Smothers relied on his arm to fire a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kyron King, which put the Wildcats on top 14-0 heading into the half.
In the second half, Jesuit running back and Tulane commitment Payton Jason scored on a 5-yard run to bring Jesuit to within a touchdown. However, Smothers scored again on a 15-yard run of his own shortly after, which put his team on top 20-7.
The Wildcat defense then added two points before the end of the quarter, recording a safety to stretch the Destrehan lead to 22-7, and running back Marshall Charles put an exclamation point on the Destrehan win in the fourth quarter, slashing through defenders for a 3-yard touchdown that wrapped up the scoring.
“I thought it was a sloppy performance,” Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “We didn't play well and Jesuit moved the ball on us a little better than I thought they would.
“Offensively, we dropped some passes, but I thought we did eventually settle down. You are always happy anytime you are able to pick up a win.”
Though those dropped passes kept the offense from establishing much of a rhythm, the Wildcats still rolled up 387 total yards of offense with 229 of those coming through the air.
However, the Wildcats didn't take too much time to think about the mistakes they made in the first round. Instead, Robicheaux says they came back to practice with focus and intensity.
“Practice has been great and the team has been really focused,” he said. “We got some injured guys back, which we’re excited about. We need to be focused because Ruston is a very good football team.”
Ruston is 8-3 on the year, with key wins against Southwood, Pace, Denham Springs and Huntington. Of their three losses, one of them came against No. 1 ranked West Monroe.
The Bearcats lost that game 31-8.
Ruston has a very powerful offense that is always capable of putting a lot of points on the board. The Bearcats have scored more than 50 points twice this season and have gone over the 40-point mark two more times. The defense isn’t too bad either and is only giving up around 10 points per game.
“Ruston plays very physical football and they come out of a good district with West Monroe,” Robicheaux said. “They are very fast on defense, which could give us some trouble. Offensively, they have a good offensive line with the biggest tackle we have had to face so far this season.”
For his team to move into the third round, Robicheaux says they will have to match Ruston's intensity.
“We are just going to have to play physical football and be ready for them,” he said.
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