The Super Bowl of St. Charles Parish is upon us once again.
Destrehan makes its shortest road trip of the season this Friday night as the Wildcats cross the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge to take on the Hahnville Tigers in a game that will settle inter-parish bragging rights for the foreseeable future and that could determine the inside track to a potential district championship.
The Wildcats hold the all-time edge between the two schools, Destrehan leading the series with 40 wins, 23 losses and four ties.
But last year’s rivalry clash between the teams is not among those 40 victories. Hahnville holds the high ground currently after earning a 20-13 victory last season at Destrehan behind a 260 yard rushing effort by then-HHS senior Pooka Williams.
Destrehan absorbed its first loss of the season last week, falling to 2-1 with a 37-35 loss at John Ehret. Hahnville, meanwhile, is looking to snap a two game losing streak after falling to Brother Martin last week, 37-20, and carry a 1-2 record into the rivalry showdown.
Hahnville will also be looking to shake off an opening month of controversy and adversity: it will be without Tigers head coach Nick Saltaformaggio, serving the final game of a four-game suspension, and the team is settling sophomore Andrew Naquin into the starting lineup at quarterback in lieu of senior Andrew Robison, the team’s projected starter who was ruled ineligible by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
Naquin leads the team in passing this season, completing 15 of 31 passes for 242 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in about a game and a half of playing time. The Tigers’ leading rushers are Brandon Comardelle (39 carries, 279 yards, two touchdowns) and Jha’Quan Jackson (30 carries, 118 yards). The leading receivers are Jeremy Spencer (four receptions, 121 yards and one touchdown) and Jackson (five receptions, 74 yards, one touchdown).
Destrehan, meanwhile, is led by quarterback J.R. Blood (37-of-66, 536 passing yards, five touchdowns, two interceptions), John Emery (55 carries, 495 rushing yards, six touchdowns), Kyle Edwards (22 carries, 132 yards), Quinton Torbor (11 receptions, 136 yards and a touchdown), Carl Lewis (five receptions, 117 yards) and Quincy Brown (seven receptions, 111 yards, one touchdown).