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Destrehan faces HLB’s Wing-T one week after dominating Trojans

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  • October 18, 2018 - 5:19pm

File photosComing off a game in which his Destrehan team scored 51 first-half points, Stephen Robicheaux's Wildcats' next foe is the H.L. Bourgeois Braves on Friday.


If you are going to have “one of those type of games,” you just as soon be on the winning side.

Destrehan found itself in such a position last week in the Wildcats’ 51-21 domination of Central Lafourche.

Central Lafourche had gone into the game 5-1 but saw the Wildcats score 51 first-half points in the rout.

“It was one of those things where everything kind of went right,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “We scored two (touchdowns) on special teams and the defense gave us some short fields and J.R. Blood was 7 of 8 for 200 yards and four touchdowns. Everything we did seemed to be right. I never like scoring 51 points on an opponent but it got a bit out of hand. It allowed us to play some young guys to get a little experience. It turned into a jayvee game at halftime.”

Next up for Destrehan (6-1 overall, 4-0 in District 7-5A) is visiting H.L. Bourgeois on Friday night. The Braves (2-5 overall, 1-2 in district) feature a Wing-T attack.

Connor Verdin has been the incumbent quarterback for the Braves but sophomore Jordan Rainey saw time behind center in HLB’s 49-0 non-district loss last week to Northshore.

“I’m not sure who we will see. Whoever’s there, we will see the Wing-T offense, which is typically hard to defend against. There is so much misdirection, if you are not reading your keys, then you will have issues. It’s something different that we haven’t seen,” Robicheaux said.

Verdin has the ability to throw the ball, but now sporting a Wing-T offense, passing is not the Braves’ main goal, according to Robicheaux.

“I’m not sure who we are going to get, but (Verdin) is capable of throwing the short passes. With the misdirection, that makes it even harder with the waggle pass and that kind of thing because they have guys going all over the place,” the Destrehan coach said.

One of the Braves’ top runners is D’Keyvion Sanders.

“They use him on the wing a lot. They bring him across the middle and hand him the ball,” said Robicheaux.

Durwin Jackson the receiver the Braves like to target.

“He’s a guy that plays that slot position also and kind of goes out on that waggle pass,” Robicheaux said.

Defensively, the Braves play a variation of the 4-2-5 and a 4-3.

“They will blitz you and try to make you make mistakes. Hopefully, we can get the ball on the perimeter and our guys’ hands to make plays,” said Robicheaux.

One of HLB’s top defenders is senior lineman Le’Kelan Bougere.

“It seems like he’s been playing there a long time,” He’s a bigger kid. He’s the kind of guy that can cause havoc up front,” Robicheaux said.

Protecting Blood will be a focus for the Destrehan against HLB’s defense, according to Robicheaux.

“I think the one thing we need to do is protect J.R. like we did this past week and just get the ball to the perimeter. They do like to do a lot of things up front and blitz and so forth. If we get out on the perimeter, I think we have a chance to be successful,” the Destrehan coach said.

Defensively, the Wildcats need to play sound assignment football against the Braves’ Wing-T offense, said Robicheaux.

“We have to kind of not overthink things but just kind of read your keys and not go with the fake and so forth and play assignment technique football and hope we will be OK.”

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