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DHS Wildcats feature a bit of old and new during spring practice

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  • George Becnel
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  • April 30, 2018 - 7:06pm

New Destrehan defensive coordinator Malter Scobel (left) looks over his defensive troops during the Wildcats' spring practice session on Monday afternoon.


The Destrehan football helmet could well serve as a theme for the Wildcats in 2018.

The familiar Wildcat logo remains but red has given way to gray or silver. Even the Wildcats aren’t quite sure yet.

“It’s kind of a combination. I’m not sure; we just picked one that looked good,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said during the Wildcats’ third day of spring practice on Monday afternoon. The matted look came in and it kind of ran its course and we decided to go a little bit different. The kids really like it. It’s what they want and we went and got it for them.”

As familiar as the Wildcats’ logo is Destrehan’s offensive backfield featuring running back John Emery and quarterback J.R. Blood. Both will be back for their senior seasons with a lot of experience under their belts.

Destrehan will have its usual bevy of skilled position players. The area of concentration is the offensive line.

“We have a lot of question marks. I think, offensively, the question will be on our offensive line but those guys have done a great job so far. Our skilled guys are pretty much are guys that are back that played a lot last year so that’s not a big deal for us,” said Robicheaux.

Like the new color of the helmets, much of the defensive personnel and the scheme itself, will be new in 2018.

“Defensively, we’ve got one starting lineman and one starting linebacker. The strength will be in the secondary,” Robicheaux said.

Newcomers and veterans alike will be adapting to a different scheme brought in by new defensive coordinator Malter Scobel. Scobel is a veteran coach who has had stints as a head coach at Covington and Hammond.

“I really like the philosophy with what Malter’s got on defense. We are moving a lot more than we did in the past and I think that will help us,” said Robicheaux.

The spring practice schedule should aid Scobel in his evaluation of the Wildcats’ defensive personnel, according to Robicheaux.

“We got two days in last week and we will try to go Monday, Wednesday and Friday and will kind of give us a day of in between so they can go to study hall and all that. It gives Malter, our new defensive coordinator, more time to kind of see what we’ve got and evaluate players. That day in between helps in that, also,” the Destrehan coach said.

The Wildcats will conclude spring drills by hosting Covington in the annual Spring Game at 5:30 p.m. May 16.

“I don’t put a whole lot of stock in the Spring Game. It’s more just a chance for our kids to go out and hit somebody else. We are worried about ourselves and trying to get us better. We need to make sure we have the right personnel in the right spots for when we start in the summertime. That’s our main objective of the spring,” 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.