It wasn’t the smoothest of rides for Destrehan Friday night, literally nor figuratively.
The Wildcats’ travel plans to head to Walker were detoured by a major fire that caused delay and re-routing on Interstate 12. And once Destrehan arrived, Walker emptied its bag of tricks and then some to give their top-10 ranked foe all it could handle for three quarters of play.
But in the end, Walker couldn’t keep pace with the visiting Wildcats, who emerged with a 48-21 victory in a wild contest.
Walker recovered an onside kick and a pooch kick to steal possessions on its first two kickoffs of the night, while coach Chad Mahaffey’s team also scored touchdowns on a halfback pass and a double pass. Destrehan turned it over four times and had a kick blocked.
And still won by 27.
“We kind of calmed down,” said Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux. “I thought our defense played well in the second half. We went up there and overcame a lot of adversity, overcame some mistakes and turnovers and still won a game. We definitely have to get back to work and clean some things up. That said, the kids made plays when we needed them.”
One of the game’s pivotal moves came when Destrehan (2-0) called upon its star wide receiver, Quincy Brown, to play on the defensive side of the ball at cornerback—specifically, to slow down Brian Thomas, Walker’s own do-it-all stud receiver. That decision paid dividends when in the second half Brown was able to limit Thomas from making the kind of explosive plays he had made early on—and when Brown intercepted a pass by Walker’s Ethan McMasters with seven minutes left to all but put things away.
Robicheaux said Brown works periodically on defense during the practice week in case the Wildcats were to ever need the 6-foot-3 senior’s skills there — such was the case at Walker, where Thomas was running roughshod.
“He really helped us tonight,” Robicheaux said. “He kind of negated (Thomas’) big play ability, though he still got a few catches. Quincy got a big interception late that kind of sealed the deal … we needed it. Thomas is one of the better receivers I’ve seen in awhile. He can really go get it.”
The two teams combined to score 35 points in the first quarter, Destrehan leading 21-14 at its end after a Kyle Edwards 53-yard run put DHS ahead.
Damarius Jackson rushed for three touchdowns. Edwards and Razan Keller each rushed for more than 100 yards. Kelvin Lea scored on defense after the linebacker forced and recovered a fumble, returning it more than 90 yards to paydirt.
Walker dropped to 1-1 with the loss.