All week long, Destrehan and St. Paul’s prepared for a physical battle in the trenches, the type of game that would perhaps especially test the mettle of a Wildcats defense full of new starters.
Well … aced that test.
A dominant defensive effort coupled with a four touchdown night from quarterback Damarius Jackson spelled the difference in a 27-6 victory by Destrehan at home as it remained unbeaten.
“We preach being physical,” said Destrehan defensive tackle Noah Taliancich, among the leaders of a terrific night up front. “I think one think we don’t lack is physicality. I think we’ve got that.”
Robicheaux indeed noted that it all started up front on a night his team handed the Wolves their first loss of the year.
“We saw it on film all week that this was gonna be a battle,” Robicheaux said. “I thought the key was the defensive line on both sides. I think their line gave us trouble and I think we gave them trouble all night. We were battling. We were fortunate enough to get some of our guys in space with the ball and that was the difference.”
Jackson passed for two first half touchdowns to make it a 13-0 halftime advantage for Destrehan (3-0)
The second half proved the Damarius Jackson to Quincy Brown show, the two hooking up on a pair of scoring throws — both of them revealing why Brown has garnered so much attention as a high Division I recruit. On the first, the 6’3 senior leapt high in the air over a crowd to pull in a ball and run it in for a score. On the second, he caught a quick slant, bounced off a would-be tackler and outran the defense for a 70-yard touchdown.
Last week, Brown made a difference on the defensive side of the ball, intercepting a pass at cornerback to seal a victory. This week, he reminded everyone exactly how dangerous he is back in his usual wide receiver spot.
“He made two big catches for touchdowns … that was special,” Robicheaux said.
Destrehan led 27-0 before allowing a long touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that put St. Paul’s (2-1) on the board.
Now 3-0, the Wildcats are once again in strong position heading into district play.
But hardly satisfied.
“You know you can’t get better than 3-0, but we’ve gotta get better,” Taliancich said. “We’ve gotta get shutouts consistently … I think we’re one of the best defensive teams in the state when we all click. We got it done tonight.”