If Destrehan has lost any steam from its 2022 championship squad, the world will have to wait at least a week to find any evidence of it – in its season opener Friday, the Wildcats dominated like a champion does.
DHS (1-0) trounced visiting Bonnabel 48-7, scoring 41 of its points in the first half en route to a 41-0 halftime lead.
Shane Lee and the Destrehan offensive line picked up exactly where it left off last season, Lee scoring a trio of touchdowns on the ground, all in the first half. Jackson Fields, meanwhile, looked strong in his first ever start for the Wildcats at quarterback, throwing a pair of touchdown passes in his debut.
The Wildcats forced a Bonnabel (0-1) punt early in the first quarter and immediately set the tone when Jackson Fields connected deep with Makylan Smothers – the latter making his return from a knee injury that cost him his junior season – for a 48-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.
Destrehan only turned up the heat from there. The Bruins faced third downs almost exclusively 15 yards or more needed for a first down throughout the first half, and the Wildcats’ punt return game presented Bonnabel issues all night – returning one for a touchdown, while two others touchdown returns were called back via penalty.
Shane Lee’s 4-yard touchdown run gave Destrehan a 14-0 lead with 4:43 left in the first quarter.
Next, Jackson Fields found Johnnie Thiel for a 45-yard touchdown that saw Fields find Thiel across the middle before Thiel separated entirely from the defense on a catch and run.
Lee scored his second touchdown of the night on a nice cutback run that made it 27-0.
A Greg Wilfred punt return of 34 yards made it 34-0 late in the first half. DHS wasn’t done, and Lee’s third touchdown run of the night gave Destrehan a six-touchdown lead at halftime, 41-0.
Michael White added a touchdown late to round out the Wildcats’ scoring.
Landon Brooks scored on a keeper late in the fourth quarter for Bonnabel.