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Destrehan Wildcats want to remain hot as playoffs approach

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  • October 30, 2014 - 12:13pm

Photos by Jarrod Monaret/LA Sports PhotographyDefenders like Destrehan's Austin Dickerson (17) have been tough on opponents all season long.

With a plethora of offensive talent, it’s not a matter of as goes the quarterback, so goes the team’s success for a program like Destrehan.

Still, it doesn’t hurt any when Marquise Darensbourg can have a performance like he had last week against South Lafourche when the sophomore quarterback passed for two touchdowns and rushed to two more to direct a Destrehan offense to more than 500 total yards in a 55-0 drubbing.

"That was big for him,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said of Darensbourg. “For him to come out and play the game he played the other night was real exciting for us. He took what he needed to take and made some good reads. Hopefully, he gets better every week. If he gets better every week that means our team is getting better every week.”

An 8-0 record, including 5-0 in District 7-5A play and the No. 2 ranking in Class 5A would suggest the Wildcats are getting better every week.

The task of getting better week-to-week can sometimes be a difficult thing late in the season when facing a lesser opponent. The Wildcats face such a chore on Friday night when they visit a H.L. Bourgeois team that is struggling at 1-7 overall, including being winless through five games in district play.

“The teams that play well in the playoffs are the teams that get hot late in the season. We can’t not go out and not have a good day of practice. We have to get better every day. That will be the goal,” Robicheaux said of the Wildcats’ self-motivation.

Leading the Braves is quarterback Todd Adkins. Running backs Blaise Lecompte and Ritney Coleman join Adkins in the backfield. Adkins’ main target is receiver Desean Walker.

“They haven’t been scoring a whole lot of points and I think that’s because they are a real young football team,” Robicheaux said.

The Braves employ a four-man front on defense.

“They have some guys that are pretty quick up front. They are not huge up front. Treyvon Burrell (250 pounds) is a big ole boy. Kellen Ruffin is more of a quick guy. We are worried about their speed a little bit that we have to account for. In the secondary, Alek Domanque does a good job. Jude Lecompte plays a little receiver and cornerback,” said Robicheaux.

At 8-0 on the year, the final two weeks of the regular season are about playoff seeding for the Wildcats, according to Robicheaux.

“It’s all about power points and you have to take care of business. You have to go out and win the next two to keep a high seed. You want to be in the top four in the power rankings. Right now, we’re at four so we need to go out and do what we need to do to be successful and hopefully make a little run in the playoffs,” the Destrehan coach 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.