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Destrehan Wildcats ‘hope to make a little noise’ in football playoffs

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  • November 08, 2017 - 3:04pm

File photosAs the No. 8 seed in the Class 5A playoffs, the Destrehan Wildcats hope to make some postseason noise, starting with a home win over Alexandria on Friday.

Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said he likes where his team is heading into the Class 5A playoffs.

“We are sitting at the No. 8 seed with two losses so you can’t ask for anything much more than that. I’m proud of this group and hopefully we can keep it going and make a little noise in the playoffs,” Robicheaux said.

The Wildcats hope the noise begins Friday when Destrehan hosts Alexandria. Although the Trojans are 4-6 overall and are the No. 25 seed, their record is misleading, according to Robicheaux.

“They have loses to a 10-0 4A team in Benton,” Robicheaux said. “They have losses to Ferriday, another 10-0 team, and then they lose to Ruston, West Monroe and Ouachita (Parish), so they are not too shabby.

“There’s a reason they are the 25 seed with a 4-6 record. They played a lot of good football teams. They are well-tested.”

The Trojans are capable of scoring a lot of points as wins such as 56-21 over Pineville and 58-0 over Peabody can attest.

Alexandria also has given up a lot of points. In their last three losses, the Trojans lost 55-20 to West Monroe, 56-14 to Ruston and 53-21 to Ouachita Parish.

“They are very young on defense,” pointed out Robicheaux.

One of the young leaders on defense is Jacobian Guillory, a 6-foot-3, 330-pound sophomore.

Other top defenders include defensive back Cobie McDaniel and Jadarius Clark.

“They are similar to us on defense. They run a 50 or 3-4 type scheme,” said Robicheaux.

Alexandria’s big threat on offense is running back Michael Orphey, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior who had a monster game against Pineville in Week 9.

“He had 482 yards on 34 carries and six touchdowns against Pineville. Anybody that can do that in a high school game obvious had good talent,” Robicheaux said.

Orphrey has rushed for almost 1,500 yards this season.

Alexandria’s quarterback Ben Hensi looks to get the ball to receiver Brandon Quinney and Jorian Vallien. Vallien, at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, had more than 500 receiving yards in seven games.

“We haven’t seen Jorien Vallien lately. If he comes back, he’s a big target, also,” said Robicheaux.

Destrehan’s offense has sort of morphed over the second half of the season. It has been a successful transition as the Wildcats have won six-in-a-row heading into the playoffs.

“We have taken on a new identity with running the ball a lot and taking our shots when we can throwing the football. The last few games it’s been not doing a whole lot offensively in the first half and then pouring it on in the second half running the football. Kyle (Edwards) had two good second halves the last two games. If we can get the lead and end up running the football and play good defense, that is a good combination to help us get another win,” 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.