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Destrehan bounces back from Hahnville loss with 24-6 win

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  • September 30, 2017 - 5:32am

File photosJohn Emery rushed for 215 yards as Destrehan bounced back from its loss to Hahnville a week ago with a 24-6 win over the Thibodaux High Tigers.

Destrehan bounced back from its loss last week to rival Hahnville with a 24-6 win at Thibodaux in District 7-5A action Friday night.

The Wildcats (3-2 overall, 1-0 in district) built upon a 10-0 halftime lead and head Thibodaux quarterback Damarcus Mitchell in check.

“We knew it would be a tough week coming off the Hahnville loss and having to go play what I thought would be a pretty good Thibodaux team. They have a quarterback that’s 6-3 and 220 pounds and he’s quite a load,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.

A 20-yard field goal by Ronal Santos staked the Wildcats to a 3-0 lead at the 3:45 mark of the opening quarter.

Thibodaux (1-4 overall, 1-1 in district) failed to take advantage of excellent field position when Destrehan’s Aaron Buckwalter intercepted a pass after the Tigers had taken possession at the Wildcats’ 30-yard line following a 13-yard punt.

The Wildcats extended the lead to 10-0 at the break on a 4-yard run by John Emery to cap a 62-yard drive with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter. Emery finished with 215 yards rushing on 29 carries.

Any hopes the Tigers might have had of a second-half comeback ended when Destrehan’s Macon Clark stepped in front of an errant Mitchell pass and raced 78 yards for a touchdown to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 17-0 in the third quarter.

Destrehan added its final score of the game on a 5-yard run by Kyle Edwards with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Thibodaux avoided the shutout with less than six minutes left in the game on a 1-yard run by Derrick Sullivan.

“I thought we moved the ball offensively. Defensively, I thought we did a good job controlling Mitchell, who is an outstanding athlete. I was very pleased with the effort coming off the Hahnville game,” said Robicheaux.

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