- Feature Story
- Game Recap
- RPF Staff
- November 04, 2017 - 12:49am
Destrehan is looking more and more like one of those teams an opponent doesn’t want to face in the postseason.
The Wildcats defeated Terrebonne 28-7 in District 7-5A play Friday night at Tom B. Smith Stadium in Houma to close the regular season on a six-game winning streak.
“We are on a little bit of a win streak so that’s always a good thing,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.
Destrehan quarterback J.R. Blood hooked up with tight end Carson Rieder on a pair of touchdown passes and the Wildcats’ defense held Terrebonne’s offense to a single score in the second quarter.
“I was real excited with the way our defense played. Terrebonne has been scoring a lot of points and their skilled guys are as good as anybody we have faced all year as a group. We knew we had our work cut out for us. A couple of times we bent but didn’t break and made plays when we had to,” said Robicheaux.
A 19-yard pass from a scrambling Blood to Rieder and Phillip Stratton’s successful conversion gave Destrehan (8-2 overall, 5-1 in district) a 7-0 lead with 2:14 remaining in the first quarter.
Terrebonne (7-3 overall, 3-3 in district) tied the game on a 42-yard touchdown run by Keyshawn James 12 seconds into the second quarter.
A long catch by Quincy Brown set up another Blood-to-Rider connection, this one from 3 yards out with 2:55 remaining in the second quarter, gave the Wildcats a 14-7 halftime lead.
Destrehan extended its lead to 21-7 less than two minutes into the second half when Macon Clark, who committed to Tulane earlier in the week, blocked a punt and returned the ball 40 yards for a touchdown.
He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s always around the ball. He’s always making a big play. That’s what good players do. He’s been doing that all year for us,” Robicheaux said.
Terrebonne threatened late in the third quarter until Destrehan’s Dontrell Smith intercepted a Tigers pass in the end zone.
The teams would go on to trade a pair of interceptions when Terrrebonne’s Dillion Babin picked off a Destrehan pass with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter before Smith intercepted his second pass of the night at midfield 10 seconds into the fourth quarter.
“He made two big plays with the two interceptions,” Robicheaux said of Smith. “We were very opportunistic on defense.”
A 17-yard run by Kyle Edwards made it 28-7 with 8:59 remaining in the game.