Destrehan put together a dominant performance in all phases of the game in last week’s 49-0 home victory over visiting Bonnabel, an ideal start to what Wildcat Nation hopes will be a championship season.
This week the Wildcats (1-0) will remain at home as they attempt to follow up on that strong opening week, but there’s a step up in competition as a talented John Ehret team visits Destrehan for Week 2 action.
Ehret (0-1) went 7-3 last season, including a 6-1 mark in District 8-5A, and reached round two of the Class 5A playoffs. The two teams haven’t squared off in the regular season since 2018, when Ehret edged the Wildcats 37-35 in the third week of that season.
An interesting note about that game – Marcus Scott guided Ehret to victory that night as John Ehret head coach, just two years before accepting the same position at Destrehan. This will be his first time facing off with his former program, save for a 2020 preseason scrimmage.
Ehret enters led at quarterback by Royal Falgout, a two-time returning district MVP.
“Royal is a playmaker,” Scott said. “He can beat you throwing it or running it. He’s probably at his best when things break down and he’s able to create in the open field.”
Falgout has a full assortment of weapons at his disposal, including wide receiver Charles Coleman and two-way stars Wardell Mack and Armani Cargo, who double as cornerbacks and wide receivers. The three bring plenty of speed.
“Charles Coleman is one of the better playmakers in the area,” Scott said. “Mack and Cargo will come over from the defense, and they get the ball to those guys. They can be a problem. Mack is dangerous, and Cargo was the regional champion in the 100 meters. He’s exceptionally fast. We’ll have to be sound on defense and limit their big play ability.”
Defensively, those two cornerbacks make throwing the ball a dangerous proposition. Mack is a highly recruited junior cornerback who has drawn interest from the likes of Alabama, Texas and Notre Dame. Several factors have made Mack a sought after player at the college level, Scott said.
“(Mack) is a really good kid outside of football,” Scott said. “Then on the field, he’s long and athletic. That’s what these coaches look for, guys who can run with these bigger receivers and have enough length to defend. He’s got prototypical size for a college program. Cargo is another outstanding athlete.”
Senior linebacker Jerzey Brown is another Ehret player to watch.
“He’s got a chance to be the next really good inside linebacker to come out of our area,” Scott said. “He’s really active and very athletic, so he doesn’t stay blocked. He can beat blocks efficiently, get off of those and make plays.”
Ehret will be hungry for a victory.
In Week 1, Covington rolled behind its running game to a 50-28 win over the host Patriots. Coleman provided the highlights on the Ehret side, scoring on plays of 93 and 64 yards, the former on a kickoff return and the latter via reception.