Destrehan rides its running game to first round dominance

Kyle Edwards (7) and Damarius Jackson celebrate a touchdown run in the first quarter.

Destrehan began its postseason in dominating fashion at home Friday night, and did it as it has for much of its now four-game winning streak: behind a powerful running game.

Kyle Edwards scored three first quarter touchdowns and Razan Keller added a fourth, all coming on the ground, as the Wildcats jumped out to an early 27-0 lead en route to a 48-34 victory in Class 5A opening round action. Edwards finished with five scores on the night and 233 rushing yards, showing the Alabama commit is in peak form for the postseason. Keller finished with two touchdowns on the night.

Destrehan (8-3), the No. 7 seed in this year’s bracket, swarmed LSU committed quarterback T.J. Finley, denying Finley the time to get Ponchatoula’s passing game on track. The Green Wave (6-5) trailed 27-0 at halftime and 34-13 after three quarters before finding an offensive groove in the fourth, with Destrehan protecting a large lead.

Ponchatoula cut the advantage to 14, 48-34, with less than a minute left, but would not draw closer.

Finley accounted for three touchdowns on the night, two on the ground and one through the air to his brother, Kody Finley.

Keller finished with eight carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Quincy Brown hauled in four receptions for 49 yards on a night the passing game wasn’t asked to put the ball in the air much – DHS quarterback Damarius Jackson completed 7 of 11 pass attempts for 55 yards.

Destrehan advances to face No. 23 Covington next week. Covington upset No. 10 Sam Houston, 42-28, and will host the Wildcats in round two. That sets up a scenario, were Destrehan to win, to host a potential quarterfinal game against No. 2 West Monroe were the latter to also move on. West Monroe faces No. 15 Captain Shreve in round two.


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