- Game Recap
- RPF Staff
- October 13, 2018 - 8:55am
By Tate Roussel
Big plays by Destrehan led to 51 first-half points as the Wildcats put together a dominating performance in a 51-21 District 7-5A win Friday night over visiting against Central Lafourche.
Led by seniors J.R. Blood and John Emery, the Wildcats offense was unstoppable all night.
Blood, the Destrehan quarterback, completed 5 of 6 pass attempts for more than 150 yards and two touchdowns.
Emery, the Georgia Bulldogs commitment, added two rushing touchdowns for the Wildcats.
“We ran the ball well, we played good defense, and I thought our special teams were real good tonight. If you can win on all three phases, you have a good chance to win the football game,” said Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux.
“You sit back when things go wrong, just shaking your head, but I just though tonight everything went right,” Robicheaux continued.
Things definitely went right for the Wildcats, as they took charge from the beginning and never looked back.
The Wildcats (6-1 overall, 4-0 in district) needed less than a minute to find the end zone for their first strike when Quinton Torbor carried the ball 54 yards for the score, making it a 7-0 game at the 11:05 mark of the opening quarter.
The Trojans (5-2 overall, 1-2 in district) showed some life on the ensuing kickoff, as return man Janson Folse brought the ball 94 yards down to the Wildcat 3-yard line. A touchdown pass by Central Lafourche quarterback Jacob Baker tied the game.
With the game now tied 7-7 with 9:13 remaining in the first quarter, the contest had the looks of becoming an offensive showcase.
That would become true for the Wildcats, but not for Central Lafourche, as the Destrehan defense would become too much for the Trojan offense.
On the first play of the next drive, Blood hit Joe Washington for a 70-yard touchdown pass to give the Wildcats a 14-7 lead at the 8:41 mark that they would continue to build upon.
The night became progressively worse for the Trojans as just two plays into the next drive they would lose a fumble that was recovered by Wildcat defensive back Tyler Morton at the Trojan 31-yard line.
A penalty pushed the Wildcat offense back 15 yards, but would prove to be uncostly as Emery broke free for a 54-yard rush on the first play of the drive to extend the advantage to 21-14 at the 7:26 mark of the opening quarter.
The next Wildcat score had a different cause, but the same result. Emery capped off a five-play Wildcat drive with another score, this time a 10-yard run with 2:01 remaining in the first quarter as Destrehan’s lead grew to 28-7.
After going three-and-out on the following drive, another Trojan mistake was capitalized on by the Wildcats. While attempting to punt the ball from their own 20-yard line, the snap soared over the Trojan punter and went out the back of the end zone for a safety and two more points being added to the Wildcat scoreboard.
With a 30-7 lead after the safety, the theme of fast scoring and big plays continued as Dontrell Smith returned the free kick for another Wildcat score as time expired in the first quarter to give Destrehan a demanding 37-7 lead.
The second quarter proved no different from the opening as the Wildcats continued to score while the Trojans failed to get anything going offensively.
After forcing a turnover on downs on the Trojans’ first drive of the second quarter, the Wildcats needed only three plays to extend the lead. Blood tossed a touchdown pass to Quincy Brown for a 38-yard score and a 44-7 lead with 5:59 left in the half.
The next score of the game would be the final time the Wildcats found the end zone on the night, but came from another huge play.
Just as he returned the free kick for a touchdown, Smith did the same with the Trojan punt. He broke through the Central Lafourche coverage team and went 55 yards for his second touchdown return of the game.
The Wildcats would go into the break with a commanding 51-7 lead.
Playing with a running clock in the second half, the Trojan offense found some life with two, third-quarter scores by running back Deon Jenkins Jr.
The first came via a 2-yard run on the first drive of the third quarter. The next came on what was the Trojans longest offensive play of the night a - 54-yard run in the final minute of the third quarter.