The bad news for Destrehan: the Wildcats didn’t spend much time in the redzone in Friday night’s regular season finale against visiting Thibodaux.
The good news: they didn’t have to – the Wildcats simply bypassed it completely.
No. 1 Destrehan served up explosive plays all night long as it scored touchdowns of 25, 40, 63, 56, 66 and 39 yards in a 42-7 rout of Thibodaux.
Shane Lee scored two touchdowns (25, 63 yards). Jai Eugene collected another three-touchdown game, with scoring passes to Daniel Blood (40 yards), Leslie Jefferson (56 yards) and Trey Nixon (66 yards). Nixon also scored on a 39-yard touchdown run to bring his total on the night to two.
“We were able to get some stops, and their quarterback is a good player,” said Destrehan head coach Marcus Scott. “He was able to make some plays on the perimeter for them and convert some third downs. And we had to basically catch up to him. Once we did, we kind of settled down.”
The big plays didn’t hurt matters.
“Those were some great individual efforts, all set up by our guys up front giving Jai time to deliver the ball. To be able to make those kinds of plays down the field, it only helps your offense going forward in terms of how teams plan to defend you,” Scott said.
Destrehan (10-0, 6-0) already had earned at least a share of the District 7-5A crown, but Friday’s win clinched the outright championship for the Wildcats – as well as a perfect 10-0 regular season.
For DHS head coach Marcus Scott, this was the first perfect full 10-game regular season of his career, though he led the Wildcats to a 6-0 mark last year. Scott’s Wildcats haven’t lost in the regular season, in fact, since his very first game with the team in 2020 – Destrehan has won 23 regular season games in a row since that 22-14 loss to St. Paul’s.
“It’s a special deal. I’m happy for the kids and for our assistant coaches who put a lot of time and effort into the season. We went undefeated last year, but it was a shortened season – a little different. So, this is good to be able to have that. We’re going to try to enjoy it a little bit,” Scott said.
Destrehan will have an extra week to do just that. The Wildcats earned the No. 3 seed in the Division I non-select bracket and with it a bye – the top four seeds in this year’s field receive one.