- Game Recap
- RPF Staff
- November 21, 2014 - 4:41pm
Photo Credit: Jarrod Monaret/Debby Scifres - La Sports Photography
By MICHAEL HOTARD
Destrehan dominated East St. John from start to finish Friday night in Reserve as they advance in the playoffs.
On the first play from scrimmage senior receiver Kirk Merritt dashed up the middle for a 55-yard run and score.
DHS never looked back as they went on to win 68-14 dominating in almost every phase of the game.
“We had a great game plan. Last time we did not make the plays and this time the kids made the plays,” Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “I never like to score that many points, but it just kind of worked out that way.”
Destrehan showed balance on offense in the contest rushing for a total of 215 yards and nearly averaging 10 yards per carry. The rush attack was led by senior Will Matthews who finished with 132 yards on 12 carries with two scores from 33 and 31 yards out.
Meanwhile, the passing offense found their groove, led by sophomore quarterback Marquise Darensbourg who finished 5 of 7 for 146 yards and three touchdowns.
“You look at Destrehan and they earned the victory and a well deserved victory,” East St. John head coach Phillip Banko said. “They beat us in every phase of the game so credit goes to Stephen Robicheaux and the Destrehan WIldcats.”
The Destrehan defense smothered East St. John sacking the slew of quarterbacks four times and even injuring two.
Starter Xavier Lewis left the game late in the first quarter after sustaining a hamstring injury. Senior running back Nigel Anderson filled in completing one pass on three attempts. After a couple of series, Lewis returned midway through the second quarter, but by that time the score was 31-0.
He went on to finish the first and then was pulled so he would not risk further injury.
“I pulled Xavier [Lewis] and Nigel [Anderson] split his finger so he couldn't throw,” Banko said. “He had a decent game until he popped his hamstring so I decided to pull him and it wasn't worth the risk of him tearing it.”
Lewis finished with eight completions on 16 attempts for 167 yards and one touchdown and one interception at the hands of senior safety Brandon Scott.
Down to their third string quarterback, Banko turned to receiver Jarrod Jackson who had been one of the team’s best receivers on the night finishing with three receptions for 62 yards.
It did not take long for Jackson to find the end zone with his arm, connecting with leading receiver Jaylon Brown on a 48-yard strike.
The game did not end on a high note after Destrehan made the decision not to end the game with the customary handshake. Robicheaux explained it was for the safety of the players because things started to get heated toward the end of the game with pushing and shoving.
“It came from higher up during the game and we thought it was in the best interest of our kids and their kids not to shake hands,” Robicheaux said.
Destrehan moves on and is set to face rival Hahnville next week in the quarter final.
Fans began cheering when the PA announcer stated that Hahnville had won and were moving on signifying the excitement for a rivalry game where there is no tomorrow.
“It is fun for everybody except the two head coaches, I promise you. It is a great thing for our kids and parents to be able to play each other in the quarter final is a great opportunity,” Robicheaux said. “I imagine we will have a few fans. It is Hahnville vs Destrehan representing St. Charles Parish and it just happens to be the third round. It is going to be exciting.”