Destrehan uses ground game to stomp Terrebonne in district opener

Alfred Smith
Alfred Smith returns a kickoff 55 yards to set up a Destrehan score.

Destrehan running back Will Matthews ran wild against Terrebonne, scoring three touchdowns in the first half to lead the Wildcats to a 42-17 win in their district opener.

Though the Wildcats (4-0) ended up blowing Terrebonne away, the Tigers actually took an early lead in the first quarter after blocking a Destrehan field goal and returning it 87 yards for the score.

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The Wildcats struck back in the next series, which was set up by a 55-yard kickoff return by Alfred Smith. Destrehan quarterback Marquise Darensbourg found Kirk Merritt for a 14-yard gain, but the Wildcats faltered for the next few plays. Facing a 4th and 7 from the Terrebonne 29, Darensbourg avoided the rush and found Matthews open in the middle of the field. Matthews rumbled 29 yards for the score to tie the game at 7-7.

Terrebonne retook the lead to start the second quarter on a 22-yard field goal, but Destrehan began to put the game away on their next drive.

Matthews gained 24 yards to the Terrebonne 30, and Karon Taylor rushed for 19 yards to bring the ball to the 11-yard line. On the next play, Darensbourg scrambled for the touchdown to give Destrehan a 14-10 lead with 9:46 left until half.

Destrehan’s defense got into the scoring act a minute later when Austin Dickerson, who recorded two interceptions last week against Dutchtown, returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown.

After the Wildcat defense manhandled the Terrebonne offense, Matthews increased the Destrehan lead to 28-10 on a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Two minutes later, Matthews sped past the Terrebonne defense for a 53-yard score to give the Wildcats a 35-10 lead heading into the break.

On Terrebonne’s first possession of the second half, Wildcat cornerback Alvin Joseph intercepted Brett Bergeron’s pass and returned it to the 24. Darensbourg scored his second touchdown of the night two plays later on a 15-yard run to give the Wildcats a 42-10 lead.

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