Behind four Kohen Granier touchdown passes and a strong second-half defensive effort, Destrehan defeated host Hahnville Friday night, 48-23.
DHS (4-0) led 35-20 at halftime, but held Hahnville to three second half points to salt away the victory.
“We came in, focused mostly on their running game, they’d done well running it all year,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “They hurt us on a few things throwing the ball … in the second half, I thought we came out and settled down a little bit, played better and held them to three points after halftime. You score 48 you should be happy. It was Hahnville and Destrehan, and you knew it would be a war. And I’ll tell you what, it truly was.”
All four of Granier’s touchdown passes came in the first half. He finished with 289 yards passing, finding John Williams for two touchdowns and Justin Jefferson and Mike Young for one each. Each receiver topped the 100 yard mark, Williams hauling in six catches for 123 yards and Young five receptions for 105 yards.
Karon Taylor and Kristian Mosley each scored rushing touchdowns for Destrehan.
For Hahnville (2-2), Devonte Cravin scored two touchdowns, both on receptions from Mike Neal. Anthony Williams also scored on a 48-yard touchdown run. Neal finished the game with 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Williams caught seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.
It is the Wildcats’ fourth straight win over Hahnville.
Destrehan scored on the opening possession of the game, finding paydirt in five plays, Taylor scoring on a 2-yard run to make it 7-0.
The Wildcats struck again after recovering a muffed punt by Hahnville at the Tigers’ 11. Granier dialed up Williams for a 9-yard score to make it 14-0.
Hahnville answered, converting a fourth down and scoring on Neal’s fourth and 7 pass to Cravin, making it 14-6 with 2:50 left in the first quarter—the extra point attempt failed.
DHS answered immediately on Granier’s 32-yard touchdown pass to Mike Young on the first play of the second quarter. But after a neat interception by DHS’ Kendall Anderson, Anthony Williams ripped off a 48-yard touchdown run to make it 21-13.
The Wildcats countered again, this time on Granier’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Jefferson to make it 28-13 with 8:17 left in the first half. Hahnville answered on Neal’s 2-yard pass to Cravin for a score. But Destrehan scored with 59 seconds before halftime on a Granier pass to Williams from 9 yards out.
Hahnville booted a field goal on its first drive of the second half, but it couldn’t slow Destrehan from there. Kristian Mosley and Chad Serrano each scored rushing touchdowns in the second half to round out Destrehan’s scoring.
“We never had a chance to stop them,” said Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio, with a wry smile. “I don’t think we knew how. It is what it is. They’re the best team in our parish. That’s how far we’ve got to go. We have to go 25 more points. We were in this boat last year, 2-2, but with those guys still coming up. We’re 2-2 with those guys behind us. I keep telling them the magic number is seven. We’ve got to find a way to win five of the ones coming up.”