Destrehan controlled much of the action Friday as it squared off against John Ehret preseason scrimmage action, the first opportunity for each squad to line up against an opposing school since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wildcats outscored Ehret 10-7 in a timed quarter, and two touchdowns to none in a controlled portion that saw each team run a predetermined number of set plays.
Destrehan freshman wide receiver Anthony Robinson was among the night’s stars, scoring twice on long touchdown receptions.
“Props to our linemen and my quarterbacks, of course … the linemen held it down and both quarterbacks made the right read to score those touchdowns,” Robinson said. “I’ve been ready to play since the beginning of the season … since middle school, really, I’ve looked forward to this kind of competition.”
Each side saw first teams face off for sets of 12 plays, then second teams for eight plays. Following several of those sets, the teams played for a timed quarter to end the scrimmage.
Freshman tailback Shane Lee got Destrehan on the scoreboard first when he broke loose for a 60-yard touchdown early in the day.
The Wildcats struck again when junior quarterback Ross Rogan, who has been competing with sophomore Jai Eugene Jr. for playing time at the position, found Robinson for a long score through the air, giving DHS a two touchdown lead in the unofficial game.
Defensively, the Wildcats shined throughout most of the evening. With the second teams on the field, linebacker Luke Berg provided a highlight when he intercepted an Ehret pass.
The timed portion of the night saw Destrehan start quickly again, scoring after receiving the opening kickoff. This time, it was Eugene firing a ball to Robinson, who raced for 50 yards and a score to make it 7-0 in the quarter.
Destrehan forced a three and out, then took advantage of a bad punt team snap and recovered the ball deep in Ehret territory. The Patriots held firm – a completion from Rogan to Caine Adams inside the 1 was negated by a holding penalty – and a long Will Bryant field goal fell short.
Bryant wouldn’t be denied after a second DHS stop, socking home a kick to make it a 10-0 lead.
Destrehan allowed one big play on the evening, and it came on Ehret’s ensuing drive as Ehret quarterback Royal Falgout dialed up wide receiver Zavion Thomas on a deep ball for a 76 yard touchdown pass, to make it 10-7. But Destrehan took over with just under two minutes left and was able to grind down the clock, converting a pair of key first downs on a Razan Keller run and a Rogan pass to Jacobi Green.
For Scott, the scrimmage offered the former Ehret head coach a chance to speak in person with many of his former players for the first time since before the pandemic closed schools statewide.
“It was tough because of the pandemic, I really didn’t get the chance to meet with my players when I left,” Scott said. “That was difficult … (it was good) to see them really for the first time since the virus.”