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Destrehan takes unbeaten record to Terrebonne for district opener

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  • September 25, 2013 - 10:18pm

Photo by Jarrod MonaretDestrehan quarterback Donovan Isom (12) hands off to running back Will Mathews. Mathews rushed for 129 yards against Dutchtown as the Wildcats continue to add to their offensive arsenal.


It’s less than an hour’s drive from Destrehan to Houma. But it’s been five years since the Destrehan football team has made the trip down the bayou for a football game against Terrebonne. That’s because it’s been eight years since the Louisiana High School Athletic Association has thought to pair the Wildcats and the Tigers in the same district, sending the two all across south Louisiana instead.

So, both teams are looking forward to Friday night’s District 7-5A opening reunion.

“Yeah, we’re happy to be back with the bayou,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “We have a lot of good friends down there. We have had some good games with them. They do things right. You don’t have to worry about getting game film. You know they’re going to have it. What we like is we have the same schedule. We all play jayvee on Wednesday, varsity on Friday.”

And, as reunions go, Friday night’s should be a good one. Both teams are undefeated after three weeks of non-district play, and both teams have put up some impressive numbers.

Terrebonne has scored 128 points against its first three opponents. The Tigers put up 60 of those points in Week One against Redemptorist. Leading the offense is quarterback Colby Stewart, a dual threat as a runner and a passer. Against Redemptorist, he completed 5 of 7 passes for 87 yards and one touchdown, plus he rushed for 129 more. Last week, he ran 12 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Then there’s running back Justin Theriot, who rushed for 182 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s win over Ellender.

Destrehan has been mostly about the passing game. Senior quarterback Donovan Isom, a Utah commitment, has put up some impressive numbers already this season. He has completed 33 of 46 passes for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns to a variety of standout receivers.

But last week the Wildcats added a new wrinkle with a solid running game against Dutchtown. Running back Will Mathews led the charge with 129 yards and one touchdown rushing, while Isom added 60 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Robicheaux said Mathews was due for a break-out game.

“He’s such an unselfish player,” Robicheaux said. “He’s such a leader. Our guys just love to block for him.”

Indeed, Robicheaux says the numbers being put up by his offense are a direct reflection on the guys who have no stats – the offensive line, which has come of age this season.

“They are one of the biggest reasons why this football team is having the success it’s having,” Robicheaux said. “The offensive line is just playing tremendous.”
Certainly, Mathews agrees.

“The offensive line is a big key,” Mathews said. “They’re making the holes bigger and that’s allowing me to get through them. I know they’ve done a lot of extra work since last year and they have gotten better. It wasn’t just me (Friday night). I just got in the game and did what I had to do.”

That offensive line will be counted on Friday as the Wildcats face a stiff Terrebonne defense.

“We’ve got to be able to run the ball,” Robicheaux said. “As good as Donovan is, we need to be able to mix it up.”

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Lori Lyons is a veteran journalist with 23 years of experience covering the River Parishes.