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Destrehan Wildcats’ dance card full for first time in three seasons

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  • May 02, 2017 - 8:42pm

File photosDestrehan will once again face Slidell and John Ehret early in the season but has exchanged Woodlawn for St. Charles in early non-district action.

The Destrehan Wildcats’ dance card is full for 2017.

In the past two years, Destrehan has drawn its bye date in District 7-5A in Week 10. Unable to find an opponent to play, the Wildcats only had nine games in each of the past two regular seasons.

That changes this year as the Wildcats conclude the regular season in Week 10 at Terrebonne. Destrehan drew Week 9 as its bye week but the Wildcats were able to come up with a quality non-district foe in visiting Jesuit out of the Catholic League, and for the first time in three years, DHS will play 10 regular-season games.

“Our open date was Week 9 and we were very fortunate to get Jesuit to play us Week 9. I don’t either one of us wanted to play each other but we wanted to fill the date up. I’m a big proponent of trying to make sure the kids get the maximum amount of playing dates that they can. Having that last playing date off the last two years wasn’t all that great,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.

Two of Destrehan’s three pre-district opponents to open the season are familiar foes.

Like in 2016, the Wildcats open the season against Slidell. Week 3 features an encounter with John Ehret. A year ago, Destrehan defeated the Patriots 21-7 in the regular season and 21-14 in the Class 5A quarterfinals.

The difference in last year’s schedule and the 2017 slate is the game that comes between Slidell and John Ehret. The Wildcats have flopped out Woodlawn of Baton Rouge in favor of St. Charles Catholic.

“Slidell is always a good game. It will be a pretty good matchup. We had a chance to pick up St. Charles Catholic and we know what their program’s about and what they have accomplished. We’re excited about the opportunity to play St. Charles. John Ehret has an unbelievable team as far as talent goes,” Robicheaux said.

The luck of the draw – if that’s what either team wants to call it – once again has Destrehan facing rival Hahnville to open district play in Week 4. It will mark the third year in the row the rivals will face each other in the league opener.

“It’s always a double-edged sword,” said Robicheaux. “No. 1, you get it out of the way and that’s a big thing. But you either start your district play with a lot of momentum or it’s not so bright. I don’t like it coming right off the Ehret game but that’s the way it worked out.”

Following a road game at Thibodaux, Destrehan returns home to face East St. John in Week 6.

“We get East St. John and Hahnville at home, so hopefully, that will help. You have some pretty good teams right there all together,” Robicheaux said of the three-game midseason stretch.

Following the East St. John game, the Wildcats face Central Lafourche and H.L. Bourgeois. After taking on Jesuit in non-league action, Destrehan concludes the regular season at Terrebonne.

“It’s a schedule that looks challenging and has a tough stretch in the middle. Hopefully, we can get through it and be OK,” 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.