- Game Recap
- RPF Staff
- September 14, 2013 - 2:17am
Photo Credit: Jarrod Monaret/Debby Scifres
Most coaches would love to have Stephen Robicheaux’s problems.
For the second week in a row to open the season, Robicheaux’s Destrehan squad jumped out to a big lead on the Wildcats’ way to a 55-12 home win over Helen Cox on Friday night.
With so much early productivity by the offense and stout play by the defense, Robicheaux has yet to see his starters play an entire game.
“Obviously, you will get some experience for some guys that will help us down the line,” Robicheaux said of getting playing time for his backup players. “Every time you gain game experience, you get better.
“The only negative about it, is our ones haven’t played a full game yet. I know we will have a real tough one this week against Dutchtown, so that’s a thing that concerns me a little bit.”
Before worrying about Dutchtown, maybe the Wildcats can savor their victory over Cox that improved Destrehan to 2-0 on the season.
Destrehan quarterback and Utah commitment Donovan Isom continues to put up eye-opening numbers in limited playing time. He was an efficient 12 of 14 passing for 194 yards and four touchdowns. He also topped the Wildcats in rushing with 41 yards on three attempts.
His favorite target was receiver Alfred Smith. Smith had a pair of receiving touchdowns and also had a rushing score. Smith finished with three catches for 83 yards. On one of his touchdown receptions, Smith managed to stay on his feet and broke several tackles before scoring.
“He caught a pass and should have been down and he broke some tackles and spun out of it and scored on it,” Robicheaux said. “He is so physical as a receiver.
“It’s a mouthful, but he’s as close to a Jarvis Landry (the former Lutcher and current LSU receiver) that I’ve seen as far as playing the game and being real aggressive. Jarvis was, in my opinion, one of the most physical receivers I’ve ever faced. Alfred could be that type of guy.”
Destrehan’s Tramaine Armstrong added a pair of 11-yard touchdown receptions.
“When you have the receivers we have, you look for somebody to have a big game,” Robicheaux said. “Alfred was the guy.
“It’s a really special group of kids. No one is really looking for the limelight. They all know we are in it together and as a group I think they are excited about what they have been able to accomplish so far this year.”
Smith got things started on a 9-yard run as Destrehan jumped out to a 27-0 lead after one quarter. Armstrong caught both of his 11-yard scoring receptions in the first quarter, sandwiched around a 44-yard strike from Isom to Smith.
In the second quarter, Cox was forced to punt from its own 10-yard line. The ball actually traveled backward 9 yards, giving Destrehan possession at the 1-yard line. Will Mathews scored on the next play to extend the Wildcats’ lead.
A 24-yard pass from Isom to Smith and a 13-yard run by Mathews gave Destrehan its 48-6 halftime lead.
Cox scored on two long drives, one coming in the second quarter and the other early in the third period.
The Wildcats recovered three fumbles in the game.
After all that, now the Wildcats can turn their attention to Dutchtown.
“We are excited where we’re at and excited about the way we are playing. I think the competition gets a little tougher this week and this week will be a big week for our football team,” Robicheaux said.