For the second straight meeting between the two teams, Destrehan scored over 60 points in a dominating victory over East St. John.
DHS captured a 62-27 victory in District 7-5A action to move to 6-0 this season, while dropping ESJ to 0-6.
Kohen Granier connected with Michael Young for two touchdown passes, while Granier rushed for two scores himself. Mason Clark intercepted a pass and recorded a fumble return for a touchdown. Karon Taylor rushed for 190 yards and a touchdown.
Former Destrehan quarterback Marquise Darensbourg, who transferred to East St. John earlier this year after going 14-0 as starter at Destrehan last season, finished with more than 313 yards passing and four touchdown passes in his return. But Darensbourg turned it over five times and was under duress all night thanks to a furious Destrehan pass rush.
“I thought our defense played a tremendous game,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “I felt our defensive line brought a lot of pressure all night long.”
Destrehan (6-0, 3-0) has gotten off to fast starts all season long and this Friday night was no exception. DHS blocked an ESJ punt on the first possession of the game, setting Destrehan up on the ESJ 11. ESJ held defensively, and Hunter Breit put a short field goal through the uprights to make it 3-0.
ESJ (0-6, 0-3) faked a punt on its next drive, but DHS sniffed it out and stuffed the visitors a yard short of a first down, again setting Destrehan up in ESJ territory. Destrehan made it 10-0 on Kristian Mosley’s 12-yard dash up the middle.
DHS called for a surprise onside kick and recovered following Mosley’s score, and it took just one play for Granier to dial up Young for a 28-yard touchdown pass to make it 17-0 with 5:52 left in the first quarter.
After a sack and fumble of East St. John quarterback—and former Destrehan quarterback Marquise Darensbourg—Clark scooped and scored from 62 yards away to make it 24-0 with 3:02 left in the first quarter.
Destrehan finally failed to score on its final possession of the first quarter, but came close—a fumble at the ESJ 1-yard line was the lone black mark on an otherwise perfect first quarter. Granier connected with Young for a second touchdown midway through the second quarter, and the junior quarterback added a score on a 1-yard sneak to give DHS a 38-0 lead at halftime.
Darensbourg led ESJ on a pair of touchdown drives to begin the second half, connecting with Da’Monte Coxie and Arlandrian Martin on a pair of early second half touchdown passes. But trailing 38-14, East St. John’s last gasp comeback effort came up empty after Tyler Addison’s interception of a deep Darensbourg pass turned the tide back in Destrehan’s favor for good.
“That was huge,” Robicheaux said of Addison’s interception. “They were gathering a little momentum. We got a turnover and went in for a score, and that was what we needed to put it out of reach.”