Destrehan appears back to its high-flying, explosive offensive ways.
DHS quarterback JR Blood completed 17 of 18 passes for 275 yards and five touchdowns in host Destrehan’s spring game scrimmage against Covington to lead a dominant effort by the Wildcats to cap their spring practice.
Coach Stephen Robicheaux said last week he believed his team had a chance to hit the ground running offensively due to the talent, experience and depth on hand for the 2018 Wildcats, and that looked to be the case in their action against Covington despite being mostly without one of the nation’s most sought after running back prospects. John Emery sat much of last week’s fare out for precautionary reasons after a slight hamstring tweak suffered earlier in the week, though he did see limited actions.
“When your quarterback almost throws for 300 yards and he connects for 5 touchdowns, somebody’s doing a good job,” Robicheaux said. “He threw it real well and our receivers did a real good job catching the ball.”
Robicheaux also tipped his hat to the team’s offensive line and running backs, as the Wildcats put together a successful day on the ground as well.
Each first-team offense alternated series starting at its own 20 yard line, the series each spanning 18 plays. The second teams exchanged eight-play series. Upon completing the series the teams’ squared off for a timed quarter of play.
The Wildcats’ first team scored six total touchdowns over the two formats.
DHS took charge quickly when Kyle Edwards rumbled for a touchdown on the Wildcats’ first series, the running back going 54 yards for the score to make it 7-0.
Destrehan scored again within the first 18 plays when JR Blood connected with Quincy Brown for a redzone score of nine yards to make it 14-0, that set up by a long pass to Mark Trahan.
Blood found Koby Hollins for the team’s third score, this time an 11-yard strike to pay dirt to take firm control of the action. Hollins was a star of the day, adding another touchdown later on to make it a pair for him on the day.
Defensively, meanwhile, Destrehan held Covington scoreless over their four scripted series and in the timed quarter, showing flashes under new defensive coordinator Malter Scobel.
“He brought in a different scheme and the kids did a tremendous job acclimating in just nine days, getting up the field, forcing turnovers and making plays,” Robicheaux said.