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Destrehan prepares for district showdown with Terrebonne

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  • November 01, 2017 - 4:34pm

File photosA win over H.L. Bourgeois on Friday would allow Stephen Robicheaux's Wildcats to finish with at least eight regular-season wins for the fifth year in a row.

Destrehan’s second-half performance last week to break away from a 10-10 tie against Jesuit on the way to a 27-10 triumph may not bode well for Wildcat opponents as the playoffs approach.

“It probably was the best half of football we played all year,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “When you hold Jesuit down to 32 yards rushing, I think that’s a pretty good effort, and to run the ball the way Kyle (Edwards) did the second half, control the clock and dominate the line of scrimmage, it was big for us. You don’t run for 100 yards just out there with no blocking, so I thought our offensive line did a good job.”

The Wildcats also managed to win the game despite completing only one pass in the game.

“It was a good deal for us. It’s a different direction for us, completing one pass the whole night and we still win. It was great that when we needed to, we were able to grind it out and come up with a victory,” said Robicheaux.

Before the playoffs begin, the Wildcats must close out the regular season at Terrebonne on Friday night at Tom B. Smith Stadium in Houma. Both teams are 7-2 overall while Destrehan is 4-1 in District 7-5A and Terrebonne 3-2.

Directing Terrebonne’s offense is quarterback Ja’khi Douglas.

“He makes the best out of bad situations that I’ve seen in a long time,” Robicheaux said of the Terrebonne quarterback.

The Tigers also feature a pair of quality running backs in Chaz Ward and Keshawn James.

“Ward, the big guy, he’s 5-11, 195 and he can run it. He’s a tough act and James is a heck of a player,” said Robicheaux.

Top receivers include Treveon Johnson and Brennon Guidry. Joining the duo are D’Jon Scott and Randall Hartman.

“They do a good job of spreading it out so you can’t key on one person. They do a good job of mixing it up. It’s kind of hard to defend,” Robicheaux said.

Defensively, the Tigers are a bit different from a year ago, according to Robicheaux.

“They are more of a 3-3 scheme this year. They are bringing them from all over. They are blitzing on almost every play,” Robicheaux pointed out.

Terrebonne’s defensive front includes Will Robinson, Tyler Nettleton and Jack Wagner.

“The guy that really, really comes to mind when you watch them play is Cullen Butler, the middle linebacker. He just creates havoc,” said Robicheaux.

Destrehan is riding a five-game winning streak and the Wildcats played well in a Week 8 game at Tom B. Smith Stadium when they faced H.L. Bourgeois so the signs seem positive going into the regular-season finale.

“We are a good winning streak right now and we hope the momentum will carry you. I thought we played a good game against H.L. Bourgeois when we traveled down there and it’s the same here. I’m excited about this game. I think it’s pretty evenly matched. I think they have a really good football team. I think it would be tremendous if we would win power-point wise. It’s a team with seven wins and it will help us move up,” Robicheaux said.

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