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Destrehan one win away from another undefeated regular season

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  • October 27, 2016 - 1:11pm

File photosDestrehan will try to contain Thibodaux's Amik Robertson (8) in a quest to finish the regular season undefeated with a victory over the Tigers on Friday night.

Destrehan has the chance to close out another undefeated regular season with a win Friday at Thibodaux.

A win would allow Destrehan to finish unbeaten at 9-0, including 6-0 in District 7-5A play. Thibodaux is 6-2 overall and coming off a 38-20 non-district loss to St. Augustine. Thibodaux is 4-0 in league play and a victory by the Tigers on Friday could give them the district title, depending on the outcome of Thibodaux’s Week 10 game against Hahnville.

“Obviously, the district championship doesn’t mean a whole lot these days. More importantly, you want to go out there and win and keep that No. 1 seed when it comes to the playoffs. Our kids will hopefully take it as just another game. It’s always a tough place to play,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said of facing Thibodaux.

The Wildcats will have to contend with one of the state’s most versatile weapons in Amik Robertson.

“He does a tremendous job running the ball and throwing the ball. He does a great job on special teams,” Robicheaux said of the Louisiana Tech commitment. “They line him up everywhere. They run wildcat quarterback with him and he can throw the ball. He’s a guy that’s real slippery. He’s one of those special athletes that you have to know where he’s at at all times and you have to get a lot of guys to the football to try and stop him.”

Guiding the Thibodaux offense is quarterback Saul Barrilleaux.

“He does a good job of throwing the football. He’s a guy that stays in there. I know he’s been hurt a little bit but he put in a gutty performance against St. Aug, seeing him limping around. He does a great job throwing the short routes, slants and trying to fit in the curls. He does a good job of keeping plays going. When protection breaks down a little bit, he can get out of trouble and making a good throw and finding the open receiver,” Robicheaux said.

The Tigers utilize a number of running backs. When Robertson is not in the backfield, Saharold Holmes, Shemar Lawson and Tanner Guillot carve up the carries.

“They are very athletic. It’s Thibodaux, so you know their skilled position players are always good players,” Robicheaux said of the Terrebonne runners.

Another receiving threat besides Robertson is Rochon Washington.

“He has speed. Against St. Aug, when he got in the open, nobody could catch him,” Robicheaux said of Washington.

On the defensive side, the Tigers have a pair of players who are good at clogging up the middle.

“They have two guys up front that are real good in Tyrik Hills and Darrius Richard. They are big guys up front and they do a good job plugging the middle,” said Robicheaux.

Defensive end Tyreek Gage, who has been hampered by injuries, gives the Tigers an extremely active linebacker. Derrick Sullivan has moved to linebacker and Bryce Daigle is another member of the corps.

The Wildcats find themselves in a unique situation with an open date in Week 10 of the season.

“You don’t want to be off Week 10. We tried calling and the only team that said yes for Week 10 was IMG Academy. That’s not kind of what you want to do the week before the playoffs,” said Robicheaux, referring the super prep team from Florida.

So, there will be no Week 10 opponent, but an opportunity to finish the regular season unbeaten.

“That’s what you shoot for. That’s everybody’s goal, to win them all. At Destrehan, that true, also,” Robicheaux said. “The guys have done a tremendous job around here. The kids have prepared. We had to replace nine starters on defense and the kids stepped up. We are not playing great defense but good enough to win. Hopefully, we can continue to do so.

“The offense is playing real well. Defensively, if we just hold our own, I think we have a chance to make a bit of a run in the playoffs.”

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