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Head-scratching season for Destrehan continues at HLB

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  • October 19, 2017 - 10:06am

File photosAlek Domangue (10) has played quarterback and receiver this season for H.L. Bourgeois. The Braves take on Destrehan in District 7-5A action Friday night.

Not many coaches would be scratching their heads with his team 5-2 overall, including 3-1 in district play.

“I can’t put my finger on it. I don’t think we like success. It’s way too many penalties and way too many mistakes. I’m just not doing a very good job of coaching this team up. We just have to be better,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.

The fact Robicheaux might feel that was is a testament to the success his Wildcats have had over the years.

“Expectations are always high around here. It’s just not the outcome of how we are used to playing. I think we can get better. I think the talent is here. I think this is a pretty good football team. For some reason, we are making silly mistakes, and that’s my fault. We need to find a way to do away with those mistakes,” said Robicheaux.

Over the past few seasons, the majority of Destrehan’s games were decided by halftime. Last week’s hard-fought victory over Central Lafourche was more of an example of how things have gone this year for the Wildcats. Destrehan needed an 86-yard kickoff return for a score and an interception return for a touchdown by linebacker Alex Huszar to erase an early 14-0 deficit on the way to an eventual 28-21 triumph.

The Wildcats were able to win the game despite being without their top two runners. John Emery is out with a broken hand while Kyle Edwards is undergoing concussion protocol.

H.L. Bourgeois – Destrehan’s opponent Friday night in Houma – would love to be in the Wildcats’ position. The Braves are 1-6 overall, including 0-3 in District 7-5A play.

The Braves have utilized three quarterbacks throughout the season. After starter Connor Verdin got hurt earlier in the year, HLB turned to Alek Domangue and Cullen Nyssen. Verdin is back in the lineup for the Braves.

“He throws the ball real well,” Robicheaux said of Verdin. “He makes you defend the whole field. It’s a lot of short passes, tunnel screens and different things.”

Top receiving targets for the Braves include Nyssen and D’keyvion Sanders.

“They don’t throw the ball down the field a whole lot. They seem to find a lot of holes in the defense and complete a lot of passes,” pointed out Robicheaux.

Running back Darius Collins is a threat as a runner and receiver out of the backfield as well.

Anchoring the offensive line is 325-pound guard Blake East.

The Braves’ offense will vary depending upon the opponent, according to Robicheaux.

“They tried a little power football against Central (Lafourche). They do what they need to do against different teams. Against Central they put in an extra lineman at tight end and ran a little bit of power and sweep. Against Lakeshore, they were more just spread,” explained Robicheaux.

The Braves feature a stout defensive line, Robicheaux said.

“The guys up front, Le’kelan Bougere, Chatman Riggs, Daquan Sylvester and Melvin Matthews, they do a good job based out of a four-man front. Matthews is a defensive end. Sylvester is probably the most active. Bougere is the big kid in the middle,” said Robicheaux.

Linebackers include Jude Eagle and Gabriel Cardenas.

“They are active. They like to blitz them a little bit,” Robicheaux said.

The secondary consists of D’nd Wright, Kolby Starks, Trevonte’ Walker and Richard Batiste.

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.