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Bad weather hasn’t stopped Destrehan, Slidell offenses in past

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  • August 29, 2017 - 6:43am

File photosDestrehan running back John Emery and the Wildcats' running attack could be a big factor against Slidell in a potential bad-weather game on Friday night.

Inclement weather greeted Destrehan and Slidell in last year’s season opener but the Wildcats still managed to produce 623 yards of total offense in a 45-23 victory.

Bad weather in the form of the remnants of Hurricane Harvey is likely to occur again Friday night when the teams meet at 7 p.m. in Destrehan but whether or not the Wildcats can top 600 yards of total offense remains to be seen.

In a losing effort, Slidell produced 327 yards as the teams combined for almost 1,000 yards of total offense a year ago.

“They moved the ball quite a bit on us last year. I know we moved the ball on them but they definitely moved the ball on us,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux recalled.

Slidell coach Larry Favre saw his team go 4-7 a year ago but has a veteran group with 24 seniors returning, including 16 who were starters or saw quite a bit of playing time.

“This is probably his year. I think it’s a year that he has been waiting for. He has a lot of guys back on both offense and defense,” said Robicheaux.

The Tigers’ offense can present a challenge for opposing defenses, according to Robicheaux.

“Their offense is so multiple and they do so many misdirections and formations, it puts your defense in a bind a lot of times. We have to prepare real well for that,” the Destrehan coach said.

Running the Slidell offense is quarterback Jacob Guidry.

“He’s a tough kid,” Robicheaux said of Guidry. “He’s good with the ball in his hands. He runs the ball well. You have to stop him. He makes more plays out of broken plays than anyone I’ve seen since (Peyton) Bonvillain of Thibodaux. He does a tremendous job of getting out of trouble and that’s when all his big plays end up when he makes things happen.”

Guidry has a nice-sized target when looking to throw the football.

“The guy that stands out for them is Tirrell Silvas, a big 6-foot-4 receiver, that does a tremendous job catching the ball,” Robicheaux said.

Joining Guidry in the backfield are running backs Tito Simmons and Tylor Harris.

“They have skilled position players that can go. Their offensive line is stocky up front,” said Robicheaux.

Defensively, the Tigers line up in a 3-3 Stack.

“The guy that I like a lot is a (Trevon) Stacker in the middle. They moved him to middle linebacker and he’s real active,” Robicheaux said.

Standouts in the secondary include Jerry Thompson and Ishmael Burdine. Burdine is coming off a two-interception game in Slidell’s jamboree against Lakeshore.

“Their defensive line is not as big as guys we’ve faced but they are real active,” Robicheaux pointed out. “They do a real good job of moving those guys around and making things happen.

“They do a tremendous job with that 3-3 Stack as far as moving people in and out of gaps and it causes your offensive line a lot of problems.”

Destrehan features an artificial turf field so that may help with potential poor weather conditions Friday night.

“The team that can run the ball will be the team with an advantage, especially if the weather is bad,” said Robicheaux. “We will concentrate on our running game and I’m sure they will do the same over there. There will not be a whole lot of throwing the ball if the weather gets bad.

“I think it will be a combination of two offenses to see who can adjust. I think we are both run-type offenses so it will be interesting how it plays out.”

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.