Destrehan seals third consecutive perfect regular season with road victory, look to be in line for bye week

Destrehan's Shane Ward powers through against an East St. John defender in the Week 9 matchup between the teams.

It’s another perfect regular season for Destrehan – and likely another opening round bye to charge up for a postseason run. 

The Wildcats earned a 38-12 victory at Thibodaux Friday night to secure a 10-0 regular season. Unofficially, the win also propelled Destrehan to a likely No. 3 seed in the Division I non-select playoffs. The first through fourth teams in power points ranking each will be off for the first week of the postseason.  

Destrehan (10-0, 6-0) led by 17-0 at halftime. A key play in how the game unfolded from there came on a strip by Kolaj Cobbins and a 40-yard scoop and score by Arrington Adams, helping to break the game open.  

Thibodaux (4-5, 3-2) was coming off of its biggest win of the season as it upended Terrebonne in Week 9.  

The Wildcats have a state championship on their mind, but have already begun piling accolades. Last week, DHS sealed a fourth consecutive District 7-5A championship. Friday’s win was Destrehan’s 24th in a row, extending the longest streak in the state. This is Destrehan’s third consecutive perfect regular season – the team’s last loss in a non-playoff game came in the first game of 2020, head coach Marcus Scott’s very first game with the team.  

“I’m so proud of everyone here,” Scott said. “We have an incredible group of coaches and players here who work extremely hard week in and week out at improving every game. You never take it for granted.” 

Scott said this week the Wildcats were able to find success attacking the interior of the Thibodaux defense with the running game and establish a physical tone.  

Destrehan earned a bye week last season, and that was a precursor to the team’s four postseason wins and a state championship. Scott said whether the bye week proves helpful or not comes down to how the team handles it.  

That doesn’t mean, however, that there’s a comfort level with the bye simply because the bye worked out a year ago. 

“This is a different team,” Scott said. “We’ve had a lot of success this season, but at the same time we replaced quite a few starters. You can’t assume one group is going to react like the last group. So, we’ll see how that unfolds going into the next game.” 

 

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