Destrehan prepares to visit H.L. Bourgeois this Friday night in what will be the Wildcats’ first District 7-5A battle of the season and does so after suffering a rare loss, coming at the hands of Class 3A’s top-ranked team St. James.
While Destrehan has suffered very few regular season losses in recent memory—Destrehan has lost just three times since the start of the 2013 season—head coach Stephen Robicheaux noted it wasn’t that long ago that his team was able to regroup after a loss and come back stronger. The Wildcats lost 37-35 to John Ehret in Week 3 of last season before rolling to nine wins in a row and a finish as a Class 5A semifinalist.
“St. James is a very good team, and we had a chance to win even if we didn’t play well at times,” Robicheaux said. “The bottom line for us, we can’t make the mistakes we made against a team like St. James and expect to win. That’s a team and a program that, no matter 3A, 4A or 5A, they’re in the mix and can beat a whole lot of teams.”
One big positive this week is Destrehan (3-1) should see the return of defensive tackle Noah Taliancich, a cornerstone of the defense who was sidelined with injury in last week’s game.
Destrehan will take the field as a heavy favorite against the 1-3 Braves, who fell 68-7 to East St. John last week.
Robicheaux said the focus will be on bouncing back to form after the St. James loss. Bourgeois will look to run the football and that the Wildcats will be at their best if they can slow or stop the Braves’ rushing attack, he said.
“They want to run it … they’ll come with some tight end spread, double wing stuff. Their quarterback is a very good player and he’s key to their success. He can make some big plays,” Robicheaux said.