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Defenses dominate in Destrehan’s scrimmage against Covington

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  • Spring Practice
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  • George Becnel
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  • May 18, 2013 - 8:14pm

Destrehan running back Will Mathews is stuffed by a Covington defender in a defensive-oriented Spring Game.


COVINGTON – In a Spring Game that featuring alternating 10-play series between Destrehan and host Covington, the defenses dominated for both teams.

When the format switched to a closing 15-minute quarter, the defensive dominance carried over for the Wildcats.

Destrehan’s defensive continually stopped Covington in the 15-minute quarter, giving the Wildcats’ offense favorable field position and DHS took advantage with the lone touchdown of the period for a 7-0 win in the final phase of the scrimmage.

“Our defense played well. They did some things we really didn’t prepare for in spring. Our kids fought through it and I think the effort allowed us to make plays when we had to,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.

Each team failed to pick up a first down on their initial possessions of the 15-minute quarter, with Destrehan stop giving the ball back to the Wildcats at their 30-yard line.

“Last year we had a lot of struggles going three-and-out. This year on defense, our goal was to get three-and-outs and getting off the field,” said Destrehan linebacker RaeJuan Marbley.

The Wildcats were penalized for holding on first down but quickly made up for miscue on a pair of Donovan Isom passes, including a 39-yard toss to Will Mathews down to the Covington 26. A pass that lost 16 yards on first down eventually forced fourth-and-long from the 27. Isom tossed to Tremaine Armstrong for the touchdown. Cameron Walsh’s extra point gave Destrehan a 7-0 lead at the 11:19 mark of the quarter.

“I just read the play. The corner was sitting there, playing inside leverage. He (Armstrong) just got open and took an outside release and I just threw the ball,” Isom explained.

“It’s fourth down and Donovan makes a great play. I think that’s the way we will be,” Robicheaux said. “The offensive line, we have to work hard to run the football and we have some pretty good athletes that we hope can make plays for us.”

Destrehan’s defense continually forced three-and-outs, with the game fittingly ending on a sack of Covington quarterback Tyler Smith.

Neither team moved the ball much in the alternating 10-play series in the first portion of the Spring Game. Each team’s first units had the ball for 10 plays, followed by the backups. Possessions began at the offense’s 30-yard line. If a team faced fourth down, the ball was returned to the 30. If a team picked up a first down, the drive continued until it scored or a forth down returned the ball to the 30.

Covington came up with the only score by a first unit. A 39-yard pass from Smith to Jeremy Harr was the big play of the scoring drive. Following Harr’s reception, a 10-yard keeper by Smith advanced the ball to the 10-yard line. On first down, Joshua Bickem bounced off a would-be Wildcats tackler at the 5-yard line and raced into the end zone and a 7-0 lead.

Destrehan scored twice late with its reserve unit. The Wildcats’ first score came on a 70-yard bomb from Rashaud Joseph to Alfred Richardson, who raced in along the sideline in front of the Destrehan bench.

Since it came on the first play of a new series, the Wildcats started a new possession at the 30 following the touchdown strike. Destrehan scored again, this time 6-yard keeper by Joseph on a drive kept alive by a pair of Lions penalties. After missing his first extra-point attempt, Walsh connected on his second try.

Because the teams didn’t game plan for the game and with the offenses limited to 10-play series, offensive continuity was a problem for both squads.

“It’s a situation you get in that flow and you get out of it. It’s hard, especially with our high-octane offense. We like to get in that rhythm and stay in that rhythm,” Robicheaux said.

Despite that, the Destrehan coach said liked what he saw from his team.

“The whole thing in spring is to see who can play and can’t play going into the summer and I think those questions were answered tonight,” Robicheaux said.

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