Rushing tandem leads Destrehan past H.L. Bourgeois

Kyle Edwards explodes for a big gain as Destrehan felled Bourgeois Friday night.

Destrehan is still on fire.

If Homecoming Week presented any distractions, the Wildcats didn’t show it on Friday night, efficiently putting away visiting H.L. Bourgeois in the first half of an eventual 47-0 District 7-5A victory that keeps Destrehan in a virtual tie with fellow district unbeaten Terrebonne for first place.

Running backs John Emery and Kyle Edwards each scored on the ground twice in the first half to pace the Wildcats.

“I was very happy with the way our kids responded,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “With Fall break Monday and Tuesday and homecoming, I was kind of concerned. But our kids came out and practiced hard all week.

“We played real well tonight and now it’s time to get ready for two really good football teams (Jesuit and Terrebonne) to end the regular season.”

The Wildcats (7-1, 5-0) put things away in the second quarter after putting together a 14-0 advantage in the opening quarter on touchdown runs by Edwards and  Emery.

J.R. Blood dialed up a long pass to Carl Lewis over the top of the Bourgeois defense, covering 40 yards, that pushed Destrehan’s advantage to 21-0 eight seconds into the second quarter, bouncing back from a rare DHS miscue on the night when Blood was intercepted on Destrehan’s previous possession.

Emery scored his second touchdown of the night when he capped the Wildcats’ next drive with a touchdown run to push Destrehan ahead 27-0. Edwards followed suit with his own second scoring run of the game, his a 35-yarder that made it 34-0 at halftime and all but finished things off.

Destrehan’s defense hadn’t faced a Wing-T offense this season prior to the Bourgeois matchup, but the Wildcats weren’t fooled by the Braves’ misdirection — the DHS first team defense held Bourgeois (2-6, 1-3) without a first down before substitutions were made in the third quarter.

“Coach (Malter) Scobel had a great gameplan against those guys. I think our defense came with a lot of energy and it really showed tonight. We created a lot of negative plays for their offense and did a really good job.”

The message all week, Robicheaux said, was keeping positive progression and not allowing for any slippage into bad habits or mistakes.

“We challenged our kids to stay focused and work hard, because it’s about getting better every single week, no matter who you play or what the records are,” Robicheaux said. “You focus on yourself and what you can do to improve.”

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