Destrehan scored four unanswered touchdowns to open play at Wildcat Stadium Friday night, setting the tone in a 42-18 victory over visiting Slidell. John Emery scored three touchdowns, all in the first half, to lead Destrehan to a win in the season's opening week. Emery scored rushing touchdowns of 70 and 2 yards in length on the ground and hauled in a 55-yard reception for a touchdown.
Slidell (0-1) threatened to take an early lead after quarterback Jacob Guidry connected with Tito Simmons for a 34 yard gain on the night’s opening play from scrimmage. But Destrehan’s defense came up big, forcing a fumble recovered by Dontrell Smith inside the DHS redzone.
The teams traded punts before Emery made his first explosive play of the night, finding open field on a 70-yard touchdown to push DHS (1-0) ahead 7-0 with a little less than eight minutes left in the opening quarter.
The Wildcats next embarked on a more methodical scoring drive, marching 80 yards in 10 plays, capping things on a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Kyle Edwards. That score was set up by a 55 yard Emery run that he nearly took the distance.
“We ran the ball real well,” said Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux. “John had some big carries. Edwards had a great night. He’s gonna be special. He’s a little sophomore that runs the ball extremely hard. They give us a strong 1-2 punch, and way our offensive line played, it gives us a great chance to produce on offense.”
A big special teams play put Destrehan in business when Macon Clark blocked a punt, setting the Wildcats up inside Slidell’s 5 yard line. Emery punched in in from two yards out to make it 21-0.
For Clark, it continued a strong start to his senior season — the blocked punt came a week after he recorded an interception return for a touchdown in jamboree play against Lutcher.
“He’s gonna play way beyond Destrehan,” Robicheaux said. “He’s always around the ball. He had the pick last week … he makes big plays and that’s what great players do. We saw some new things on film and he executed and did a tremendous job. That was a big play for us to put us ahead by three scores.”
Destrehan made it 28-0 in the second quarter on a J.R. Blood screen pass to Emery that went for a 55-yard score.
Slidell scored on the ensuing kickoff return, but Destrehan added scores on a touchdown pass from Blood to Quinton Torbor and a run by Ed’juan Green.