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Destrehan beats down Terrebonne to capture District 7-5A crown

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  • November 03, 2018 - 1:18am

Photos by Jarrod MonaretDestrehan quarterback J.R. Blood accounted for five touchdowns in the Wildcats' 49-20 win over Terrebonne to capture the District 7-5A title.

By Tate Roussel

The Terrebonne Tigers may have gone into Friday night’s game undefeated but Destrehan showed who the top ’Cats are in District 7-5A with a resounding 49-20 victory.

Destrehan (9-1 overall, 6-0 in district) scored on seven-straight possessions to open the game on the Wildcats’ way to capturing the district title

J.R. Blood had a big Senior Night game, accounting for five touchdowns. The senior quarterback passed for more than 150 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for another score.

John Emery, Destrehan’s highly sought-after running back who recently re-opened up his recruitment after decommitting to Georgia, totaled 51 yards rushing. He was most productive as a receiver on Friday with 103 yards on four receptions. 

“I’ve had a chip on my shoulder since the injury last year,” said Emery. “It’s really a boost of confidence being able to go into the playoffs healthy.” 

Despite the recruiting attention, Emery said he remains focused on Destrehan’s current goals.

“I’m focused on getting wins, getting W’s, and getting a championship with the team,” he said. 

Electing to receive the opening kickoff, Destrehan’s offense took the game by storm from the start.

“We always take the ball,” said coach Stephen Robicheaux. “I think our offense is pretty good and we wanted to set that tone and tempo early.” 

The Wildcats were able to do so all night, and it paid off very well for Robicheaux’s team. 

The first Wildcat score was set up after a short kickoff that set the offense up at their own 48-yard line.  On a swing pass from Blood three plays into the game, Emery ran right through the middle of the Tiger defense, carrying defenders on his way to a 35-yard receiving touchdown and an early 7-0 lead for the Wildcats at the 9:53 mark of the opening quarter.

After forcing a Tiger punt from deep in their own territory, the Wildcat offense took over again and needed just three plays to increase their lead. This time, it was a 16-yard run by Emery that gave the Wildcats a 14-0 lead at 6:38 mark of the first quarter.

“They took the momentum and it was just too hard to get it back from them,” said Terrebonne Head Coach Gary Hill. “We came into tonight and ran into a buzz-saw early. It just snowballed on us.”

The Tiger offense was able to respond, as they converted on two, fourth-down attempts on the next drive in their attempt to keep up with the fast-paced scoring performance being put on by the Wildcats. The first conversion on a fake punt went for 20 yards, and the next on a fourth-and-9 pass that resulted in a 15-yard gain. 

The Tigers (9-1 overall, 5-1 in district) took advantage of the conversions as quarterback Ja’khi Douglas connected with Chaz Ward for a 6-yard score at the 1:33 mark of the opening quarter to put the Tigers on the board and decrease the deficit to 14-7. 

It would be the only bright spot for the Tiger offense in the first half but Destrehan continued to find the scoreboard with 21 second-quarter points. 

“I thought tonight was just one of those games where everything worked for us,” said Robicheaux. 

The first came less than a minute into the second quarter, provided with some assistance from 30 penalty yards against the Tiger defense. The Wildcats took advantage of the mistakes as Blood connected with Quincy Brown on a 7-yard pass to cap off a 73-yard drive. The Wildcats’ lead grew to a 21-7 advantage. 

The next drive was nearly identical for the Wildcats offense, this time driving the field 72-yards for another score. Emery punched in on a 1-yard run for his second score of the first half. With 3:35 remaining before the break, the Wildcats increased their lead to 28-7. 

The Wildcats weren’t finished yet, as the Destrehan defense forced a quick stop on the following drive, allowing the offense to take over at their own 25. 

A 28-yard pass from Blood to Emery put the Wildcats into Tiger territory. Moments later, it was Blood again, this time connecting with Kyle Edwards for a 27-yard passing score that sent the Wildcats to halftime with a commanding 35-7 lead. 

The second half proved to be much of the same as the Wildcat offense remained unstoppable against the Tiger defense. 

After forcing a Tiger three-and-out on the first drive of the half, a bad punt allowed the Wildcats to take over on a short field. Back-to-back completions by Blood, one of 15 yards and the next for 17 yards, put Destrehan in the red zone. Blood then connected with senior Joe Washington for his third touchdown toss of the night.

Now with a 42-7 lead and nine minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Wildcats all but finalized their district championship. 

The Tigers proved to have some fight remaining as three-straight productive rushes by Ward was capped off by his 31-yard burst to the end zone for just the second Terrebonne score of the night with 3:43 remaining in the third quarter, with the game at 42-13 after the missed extra point. 

The final Wildcat score came at the 10:51 mark of the fourth when Blood scored his fourth touchdown of the night, this time using his legs on a 1-yard run.

The Tigers would go on to score on the next drive when Douglas connected with Ward for a score, but would only finalize a 49-20 victory for the Wildcats. 

“We have to go to work Monday or our season is going to end,” said Hill. “We have to keep climbing the steps to see if we can get keep getting better every week.”

Both teams will now be looking to see who they will be facing off against to start the playoffs. 

“We talked about winning the district championship, but more importantly we talked about getting that No. 2 seed. And I think that sets us up for a pretty good run in the playoffs, hopefully,” said Robicheaux.

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