Plenty of optimism after DHS, HHS spring games

The Hahnville Tigers rush onto the field for the last time this spring to take on Rummel.

Destrehan and Hahnville took the field for the last time this spring, and each team left fans with plenty of optimism after their impressive performances in their respective games.

The Tigers, who battled Rummel, displayed an explosive offense as junior quarterback Brian Ensminger slung the ball downfield to a bevy of receivers, who all managed to get open and make nice plays after the catch. The offense also looked in sync throughout the contest, and didn’t have a single turnover in the scrimmage. Defensively, Hahnville stuffed the Rummel running game, and had big plays from both the linebacking corps and the secondary to keep Rummel from making any big plays of their own.

“I thought we did well,” Hahnville head coach Lou Valdin said. “I was pleased that we didn’t turn the ball over and defensively Rummel wasn’t able to run between the tackles. Those were two things that we were worried about going into the game.

“We also moved the ball well and the quarterback did a nice job finding his receivers, who also played well.”

The game capped an “outstanding” spring for the Tigers, Valdin said.

“We got better,” he said. “We knew who our good players were going into the spring, but we were able to find a lot of backup players that will help us this season.”

Wildcat head man Stephen Robicheaux was also excited about how his team performed in their spring game against H.L. Bourgeois.

Destrehan, who was breaking in several new starters on defense, kept Bourgeois grounded for the most part.

“We are real young on defense, but I think they did a good job,” Robicheaux said.

Offensively, junior quarterback Taylor Dunn made several nice throws and managed the game well.

“I thought we played well,” he said. “The spring game did what it was supposed to do and showed us where we’re at. A lot of our questions were answered.”

Robicheaux also singled out running back Marshall Charles, who powered over Bourgeois defenders for most of the game.

“The kids played hard and we did a good job of running the football,” he said. “Marshall Charles did really well.”

Now, Destrehan just has to wait for the fall to begin.

“We know what we have to work on before the season starts,” Robicheaux said.

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