Destrehan head coach Marcus Scott has been involved with plenty of successful teams both as a player and as a coach on the high school and college level.
But when it comes to the start to this football season for his No. 1 ranked Destrehan Wildcats, he admits this is some uncharted territory.
“I’d have to say, probably not,” Scott said when asked if he’d experienced a start to the season like this before.
In what’s become something of a weekly tally, Destrehan has outscored its opponents 211-11 over the first five games of the year on the way to a 5-0 start, including last week’s 47-0 win at H.L. Bourgeois. DHS has scored no less than 41 points in any game this season and it’s allowed just one touchdown to be scored.
“Probably not,” Scott said when asked if he’d been part of quite such a dominating start. “Credit to the assistant coaches who have done a good job of preparing these kids and keeping them focused each week on improving and growing. It all starts with a group of seniors that have been in a lot of big games, who have seen a lot of snaps and big moments. They set the pace for us.”
The Wildcats have maintained an eye on their goal of a state championship, but Scott said a large focus has been on making sure the team understands the smaller steps it takes to get there along the way – too much attention cannot be paid to games in November and December that it detracts from what the team must do today, tomorrow and each day thereafter.
“You have to lay a lot of groundwork to put yourself in that kind of position,” Scott said. “We still have a long way to go and a lot of improvement to make to just be focused on one goal down the line. You hear it all the time, but it’s truly one game at a time and focusing on getting better each day.”
This Friday, Destrehan (5-0, 2-0) hosts Central Lafourche for its homecoming game. Central is 1-4 this season, including an 0-1 mark in District 7-5A. Last week, Central fell 40-7 to Terrebonne. It’s lone win this season came in Week 3, 26-19 over South Lafourche.
Longtime defensive coordinator Shelly Vedros is in his first year as the Trojans’ head coach. He guides a team led offensively by running back Ceontray Raymond and receiver Porter Zeringue.
“They’ll work a lot of two-back looks, and they’ll use the fullback in the passing game out in the flat,” Scott said. “They’ll attack with singleback stuff as well. They try to keep you off balance.”
Defensively, Central brings back five starters from a year ago, including middle linebacker Kendall Liner as one of the team’s standouts. The secondary is an experienced group for a team that looks to make the offense slowly work up the field.
“They come out and try to keep everything in front,” Scott said. “They don’t want to give up many big plays, they play a lot of two-high safety, keep it in front of them and make the tackle.”