Former Destrehan quarterback Marquise Darensbourg will play for East St. John in 2015 after all.
The LHSAA Executive Committee ruled Darensbourg will be eligible at his new school beginning October 1 of this year, a day before East St. John will face district foe Thibodaux in Week 5 of the prep football season.
Darensbourg, a junior, was ruled ineligible for the entirety of the coming season in early July. Now, he will miss only the first four games of the season, matchups with Shaw, Ehret, Madison Prep and H.L. Bourgeois.
East St. John will travel to face Destrehan a week after Darensbourg’s reinstatement in an October 9 district contest.
The 6’1 passer started 14 of 15 games for Destrehan last season while splitting duties for much of the year with Kohen Granier. The duo combined to complete 16 of 29 pass attempts for 168 yards in that game, with Darensbourg coming off the bench to relieve Granier. It was the first and only game of the season Darensbourg did not start. Destrehan went 14-1 overall as Darensbourg completed 100 of 163 passes for 1,396 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed 50 times for 273 yards and eight touchdowns.
At the time of the initial ruling in July, LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine said an investigation revealed that Darensbourg “was ruled ineligible due to a transfer for athletic purposes.”
Darensbourg transferred to East St. John in February after moving to live with his father, who lives in LaPlace.