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Destrehan-Jesuit meeting better than long-distance alternative

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  • October 25, 2017 - 8:01pm

File photosDestrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux and his Wildcats play a non-district contest on Friday night while hosting the Jesuit Blue Jays of the Catholic League.

Destrehan’s game against visiting Jesuit on Friday night is akin to a marriage of convenience.

Both teams had bye week their respective districts – 7-5A for Destrehan and the Catholic League for Jesuit – in Week 9 of the season.

In looking to fill the void, Evangel Christian was one of the schools will to play that week, but the game would have to be in up north. So, the Wildcats and Blue Jays decided to leave the Eagles at the altar in Shreveport.

“I wasn’t too excited about playing Jesuit and I don’t think they were excited about playing us in Week 9 but the alternative was going to Evangel. We both came out OK on this one, no matter the outcome,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.

Robicheaux’s Wildcats go into the game 6-2 on the season while Mark Songy’s Blue Jays are 2-6.

“I think their 2-6 record doesn’t indicate the type of team they have. The one game that really stands out is the Rummel game where they lost 21-20. Rummel has a good football team and they played them real close,” said Robicheaux.

Jesuit is coming off its first Catholic League win of the season – a 31-13 victory over Shaw. The Blue Jays lost running back Willie Robinson in the game and his status against Destrehan is questionable.

If Robinson can’t go, Jesuit has a pair of capable backs in Michael Torry and Matt Alexander. Torry and Alexander each rushed for 71 yards last week.

“They are well-schooled. They run behind that big offensive line. They hit the hole and run extremely hard,” Robicheaux said.

Directing the Jesuit offense is 6-foot-4 senior quarterback Alex Watermeier.

“The thing that I’m impressed with is the way they use misdirection and hit the tight end underneath and they use bootleg passes. They do a tremendous job of spreading the ball around,” said Robicheaux.

The aforementioned tight end is 5-foot-11, 200-pound Dylan McKeough.

“He’s a guy that gets open a lot. We really have to key on him. When they run that zone stretch and also run the bootleg, it kind of puts your players at a disadvantage,” said Robicheaux.

Jesuit’s deep threat is receiver Noah Varnado.

The Blue Jays are based out of a 4-2 alignment on defense.

“Perry Ganci and Marquis Martin are guys that are big up front and do a good job of running to the ball. They are not all big, big guys but they play extremely hard and run to the ball well,” Robicheaux explained.

The linebackers include Matthew Sauviac, Ryan Smith and Hunter Faust.

“They are typical Jesuit tough kids. They flow to the ball,” said Robicheaux.

The secondary consists of cornerbacks Michael Hull and Ethan Kerrigan, along with safeties Wyatt Candies and Cameron Helm.

“They are always in the right place at the right time. They are well-coached. They will make you make mistakes,” Robicheaux said.

While it may not be a district game, a win over Jesuit on Friday and at league foe Terrebonne the following week might help the Wildcats move up a notch or two in the power rankings.

“It’s all about the power points and where you finish after Week 10 and the playoff bracket,” the Destrehan coach said. “You definitely want to have a good week this week and get this win over a Jesuit football team and work your way into Week 10 and get it done.

“We are hanging around No. 10 (in the power rankings). If we can go win the next two, hopefully, we can get an eight or nine spot and that wouldn’t be bad with two losses. That’s what we’re shooting for and we’re excited about playing Jesuit and we’re excited about playing Friday night.”

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