With archrival Hahnville on the horizon next week, Destrehan takes aim at its sixth straight victory this Friday night as the Wildcats go on the road to take on Central Lafourche.
Destrehan (5-1, 4-0) hasn’t lost since opening week, reeling off five wins in a row, all coming by 19 points or more. The Wildcats are unbeaten in District 7-5A, and wins in the final two weeks would clinch the district championship outright.
The first of those games comes against the Trojans (0-6, 0-4), a team that’s in the midst of a heavy rebuilding season under head coach Aaron Meyer, in his first season with the team. Those struggles will change nothing about how Destrehan prepares for this matchup, said DHS head coach Marcus Scott.
“They have good players and coaches who work hard at it. No matter what the record is, we have respect for our opponent,” Scott said. “So you prepare for this week just as you’re prepare for all of them. We want to take steps to get better each and every week.”
Scotty Arcement is Central Lafourche’s top player, a running back the team bases its offense primarily around. Freshman quarterback Carson Orgeron was installed mid-season. Scott noted Arcement as a standout, and said Orgeron has proven himself capable in his work thus far.
Defensively, Central Lafourche has bounced between primarily a 3-3-5 and 4-2-5 base defensively, flooding the field with defensive backs to limit opposing pass attacks.
The Destrehan defense presents a titanic test for the Trojans – or anyone else, for that matter. Even for a unit that was renowned last season, this year’s results would have been difficult for anyone to envision: the Wildcats have allowed just seven touchdowns all season long – and only five since its Week One loss.
“They hold one another to a high standard,” Scott said. “That’s the key to it. When things aren’t going right and somebody needs to make a play, there’s no finger pointing, but they keep each other going and hold each other accountable. Every guy who steps out there knows the expectation level, and everyone who steps on the field on defense understands what the standard is. They don’t want to be the one to give up a score.”
Tyler Morton has been among players having big individual seasons on that side of the ball, but the unit as a whole has been air-tight. He’s had a knack all season for forcing turnovers, and when he gets his hands on the football, he’s always a threat to score.
That’s one reason why Morton has been the Wildcats’ primary punt returner this season – and something that makes him a remarkable player, Scott said.
“It’s what separates the good players from the special players,” Scott said. “They have a knack for getting their hands on the ball and they are a threat to score every time. He’s that type of player for us. Now, really, people are starting to not kick to him as much. It’s a compliment to him and the kids we have on punt return team.”