Destrehan showed its ability to respond to adversity Friday night as it rallied from a 13-0 deficit to defeat visiting John Ehret, 44-25.
John Emery scored three times on the night, including on a 19-yard reception from J.R. Blood that jumpstarted the Wildcats (2-1) and set the tone for the rest of the game. The Wildcats scored 31 unanswered points after Ehret (1-2) went ahead 13-0 on Travis Mumphrey passes to Lorinzo Penn and Jamaal Houston.
Destrehan not only answered the bell in-game, but also in terms of the bigger picture: the team’s loss last week to St. Charles Catholic was the first time Destrehan had left the field in regular season defeat since 2012. Instead of letting the loss fester, the Wildcats took down one of the top-ranked teams in Class 5A.
“You’re always concerned as a coach coming off a loss like last week … it was a tough loss for us and our program,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “We challenged our kids, we knew (Ehret) was unbelievable on offense and real big on defense. Our kids came out and played extremely hard … eventually we were able to take over.”
Robicheaux told his players after the game he wasn’t sure he’d ever been more proud of a group.
“We went down 13-0, scratching our heads, but our kids got on a roll,” Robicheaux said. “Our coaches did a tremendous job figuring it out. Our kids didn’t quit. That says a lot about this team.”
The Wildcats took a 14-13 lead just before halftime on a John Emery touchdown run, then J.R. Blood connected with Carson Reider to push the Wildcats’ lead to eight. Blood also connected on a touchdown to Quinton Torbor, while Ed’Juan Green scored on the ground.