For the second time this season, Destrehan needed to put together a bounce-back performance following a loss, and for the second time this season, that’s exactly what the Wildcats did.
This time, it was a suffocating defensive effort that equated to a victory for the Wildcats, who pitched a shutout through three and a half quarters at Thibodaux before eventually earning a 24-6 win in District 7-5A action.
“Our defense was on field most of night,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “Their quarterback (Damarcus Mitchell), he's a load at 6'3, 240 pounds of solid muscle. But our kids were to hit him a little bit and get him worn out in the second half. Our pass rush was there all night and they kept coming at him.”
After an early field goal, Destrehan took a 10-0 lead on a touchdown run by John Emery that was set up by a J.R. Blood to C.B. Anderson connection. Macon Clark came through on defense in the third quarter when the senior safety intercepted a Mitchell pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown to open things up for DHS (3-2, 1-1).
“He made a big play when we needed it,” Robicheaux said. “It's a 10-0 ballgame in the third quarter and he made a real big play … he jumped on an out route and took it back for the score, a great play by him to get it done. It gave us some breathing room.”
Destrehan went up 24-0 after a long Emery run set up Kyle Edwards to punch it in and make it 24-0.
Robicheaux said his players' response in a traditionally tough road environment at Thibodaux (1-4, 1-1) coming off of an emotional loss to Hahnville was encouraging.
“Thibodaux's lost some close games, but they're a big, physical team that's played a lot of strong competition,” Robicheaux said. “Our kids hung in there, played real well and got it done tonight.”