Undefeated, once more.
That has a nice ring to it, and if Destrehan keeps up its current pace, each of the Wildcats could well be adding a “ring” in a difference sense of the word very, very soon.
Karon Taylor scored three touchdowns as Destrehan clinched the District 7-5A championship and an undefeated regular season Friday night with a 51-40 victory over Thibodaux.
Destrehan led 28-20 at halftime but blew things open in the second half, scoring 23 consecutive points take a 51-20 lead.
“We were clicking on all cylinders tonight,” Taylor said. “In the first half, we weren’t quite there. But in the second half we really came out firing. We got the run game going.”
Destrehan has not lost a regular season game on the field since 2012.
Justin Jefferson scored two touchdowns for DHS, each on a pass from quarterback Kohen Granier, who rushed for one score and passed for two more.
Destrehan (9-0, 6-0) has a week 10 bye, making the game its last until the postseason.
“You always want to try to win them all,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “So any time you can finish without a loss in the regular season, you’re really proud of the job you’ve done. Now, we get to go back and enjoy the win for a little while. We’ve got a week off, and that’s something new, so we’ll see how that goes.”
Thibodaux (6-3, 4-1) led 10-7 early in the game, but Destrehan took the lead back on Taylor’s first touchdown run and never trailed again.
That wouldn’t mean things weren’t tight for a while. A Thibodaux team that gave Destrehan its toughest regular season test a year ago trailed by just eight at halftime.
But it didn’t take long for Destrehan to once again assert its dominance. Glen Logan forced a fumble on Thibodaux’s first possession of the second half and Destrehan recovered at its own 43. Kristian Mosley’s 29 yard run got Destrehan moving, and Taylor capped off a 5-play drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to make it 35-20.
Destrehan’s special teams and defense came through for the next points. DHS downed a Will Sirmon punt at the Tigers’ 5-yard line — Tyjon Sanchez tackled Thibodaux’s Amik Robertson in the endzone for a safety to make it 37-20.
Taylor scored his third touchdown of the night early in the fourth quarter, running it in from 7 yards out to make it 44-20. Mosley added a touchdown to push the lead to 31.
Thibodaux scored three times with less than three minutes to play—getting an interception and two onside kick recoveries — but the hill was too steep to climb, and Destrehan earned an outright district crown.