In his Destrehan’s opening game Friday night, head coach Stephen Robicheaux wanted to see his team run the football to take the pressure off his first year starting quarterback, Damarius Jackson.
It did that and then some — but Jackson showed he may be every bit as capable of hitting the ground running himself.
Kyle Edwards rushed for a 60-yard touchdown, Razan Keller raced for a 98-yard touchdown, and the Wildcats scored twice on defense and special teams to earn a 38-16 victory at home over Bonnabel.
DHS led 38-0 in the game, which saw Jackson connect with Ryan Walker for a touchdown and complete several passes to an array of targets to keep the Wildcats on the move. Destrehan led 31-0 less than a minute into the second quarter and played its second team through much of the second half.
“We wanted to run the ball and talked about how that was key early for us. But then Damarius is throwing the ball lights out,” Robicheaux said. “He seems to be handling things pretty well. Obviously, we’re really happy with the win … some things to clean up, but it’s something to build on and go from there.”
Edwards got Destrehan started with a 60-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0. Will Bryant added a short field goal to push the lead to 10, before Jackson and Walker connected.
Then freshman Lynard Harris intercepted a pass and took it to the house for DHS (1-0) to make it 24-0 late in the first quarter.
“Lynard made a great play,” Robicheaux said. “He’s gonna be a really good player for us. He made a nice play on the ball and got a pick six … we scored twice (on defense and special teams) and you always like to see that.”
After Destrehan made a stop and took over at its own 2, on its first and only play of the drive the DHS line blasted open a hole and it was more than enough for Keller to do the rest, making it 31-0 on a 98 yard run.
“Oh man, I’ve gotta thank my linemen. Great hole, great blocking,” Keller said. “I saw it as soon as the ball was snapped, and I just burst through … once I got in the endzone, just felt thankful for my teammates. It was just a proud moment.”
Destrehan scored its final touchdown on a blocked punt by Dylan Gibbs and a scoop and score by Erron Bias to make it 38-0.
Jackson went 4 for 6 for 69 yards and a touchdown. Keller ran four times for 108 yards and a touchdown and Edwards finished with four carries for 75 yards. Kendall Washington Jr. rushed for 57 yards on seven carries. Jace Ollis led the DHS receivers with two catches for 47 yards.