Three scores on special teams keys dominating Destrehan effort

Daniel Blood of Destrehan returns a punt for a touchdown as the Wildcats rolled to victory over Central Lafourche.

Destrehan has yet to be defeated – or challenged – in 2021.  

The Wildcats scored a decisive victory for the third consecutive week, putting away visiting Central Lafourche early in a 56-6 victory at Wildcat Stadium.  

The win moved Destrehan to 3-0, both overall and in District 7-5A competition.  

“We wanted to come out and execute in all three phases right out of the gate,” said Destrehan head coach Marcus Scott. “Some drives kind of stalled a little bit with penalties, and we ended up making the yardage back, so that’s one area we can really improve on, cutting down some of those mistakes. Every week is a new challenge and you’re only as good as your last play, so the key is to not relax and assume you have it all together. Be steady in your improvement, week to week.” 

This was a night that saw the Wildcats score three times on special teams, including a blocked punt and two punt returns. DHS nearly added a fourth on a kickoff return but it was called back for holding.  

“The guys were really locked in on some of the things we had in and looks we were getting on special teams,” Scott said. “We were able to come off the ball and execute.” 

Destrehan scored a virtual knockout punch in the first quarter, just as it did a week ago. This time, the Wildcats posted 28 points in the first quarter and were up 49-0 with just over five minutes left to play in the first half. 

Quarterback Jai Eugene and wide receiver Calvin Bullock connected for the first score of the night to make it 7-0, capping the Wildcats’ first drive of the game.  

Destrehan forced a punt on Central Lafourche’s first possession, but added to that when Kevin Adams blocked the kick and returned it for a touchdown, the defensive back’s second touchdown in as many weeks to make it 14-0.  

“We take a lot of pride in special teams … we go hard every day in practice,” Adams said. “I’m the block guy on the punt team, and I’ve been really working on my timing to get off the ball at practice.” 

Patrick Lebranch scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to cap Destrehan’s next drive and make it 21-0. After another Destrehan stop of Central (0-3, 0-2), Anthony Robinson fielded the ensuing punt, scooping it off the turf and weaving his way through the coverage for a touchdown to make it 28-0.  

Early in the second quarter, Brandon Freeman burst loose for a 14-yard touchdown run to push the score to 35-0. Backup quarterback Ross Rogan came on in relief of Eugene and dialed up a touchdown pass to Leslie Jefferson to make it 42-0, and a Daniel Blood punt return – Destrehan’s third special teams score of the night – made it 49-0 at halftime.  

Ceontrey Raymond scored a touchdown to put Central on the board – he was by far the brightest star for the Trojans, rushing for well over 100 yards on the night. Destrehan added one more score, running back Dedric Brown crossing the goalline to round things out for the Wildcats.  

 

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