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Defense, offensive firepower ignites 49-10 Destrehan win

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  • George Becnel
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  • September 28, 2018 - 11:50pm

Photos by Jarrod MonaretDestrehan tight end Carson Rieder reaches back to haul in a touchdown pass from quarterback J.R. Blood in the Wildcats' 49-10 win over the Thibodaux Tigers on Friday night.

When a defensive stop by Thibodaux to open the second half turned into a 35-yard touchdown for Destrehan, it signified the type of game it had become for the Tigers.

Trailing 28-10 at halftime, if the Tigers had any chance to stay in the game, they needed a defensive stop. The Tigers appeared to do so, forcing a Destrehan punt on a fourth-and-13 from the Thibodaux 40. A running into the kicker penalty on Thibodaux caused the Wildcats to go for it on fourth down. Destrehan quarterback J.R. Blood, who passed for 138 yards, promptly tossed to Joe Washington for a 35-yard touchdown.

“I saw the safety move over and as soon as he took his first step, I had trust in my guy. I knew he would run under it. We have the nastiest receivers in the state,” said Blood, who made the most of five completions as three went for touchdowns.

“Typically, when we get inside the 30, we are going to go for it. From the 40, we are going to punt. When the penalty aided the drive, we decided to go for it. It was a big play for us. We typically always talk about the first three minutes are the most important of the second half,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.

The score was part of a quick onslaught of third-quarter Destrehan points on the way to a 49-10 win for the Wildcats on Friday night in Destrehan.

After Washington’s touchdown catch made it 35-10, Destrehan scored on its next two possessions on a 4-yard run by Quinton Torbor and a 6-yard run by Kyle Edwards for a 49-10 Destrehan lead with 4:50 still remaining in the third quarter that would end up being the final score.

Destrehan (4-1 overall, 2-0 in District 7-5A) held a 28-10 halftime lead but it could have been much closer if not for several big defensive plays by the Wildcats.

The game was tied 7-7 when Champ Craven took in a tip-drill interception down to the Thibodaux 7-yard line to set up John Emery’s touchdown run one play later to make it 14-7.

Three plays into the ensuing possession, Thibodaux’s Darwin Davis was wide open when he hauled in a pass near midfield and seemed destined to score. Destrehan defensive back Dontrell Smith took it to another gear and caught Davis from behind at the Wildcats’ 17.

“I just had to hustle for that one. I just couldn’t let him score. He was fast, but I knew I had to go get him. I had full confidence in myself,” Smith said.

Destrehan’s defense forced a 20-yard field goal by Peyton Domangue, allowing the Wildcats to maintain the lead at 14-10 with 52 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

Emery dropped a lateral on the ensuing possession with Thibodaux (3-2 overall, 1-1 in district) recovering at the Wildcats’ 31. The Destrehan defense held once again, this time with Domangue coming up short on a 42-yard field goal attempt.

Destrehan forced a turnover on downs when the Wildcats stopped Thibodaux quarterback Tyren Young on fourth-and-4 from the Destrehan 25.

Four plays later, J.R. Blood hooked up with Carl Lewis on a 17-yard pass to make it 21-10 with 4:11 remaining before halftime.

A fumble recovery by Destrehan’s Charles Oliver on a sack of Young gave the Wildcats the ball at the Thibodaux 20.

Blood connected with tight end Carson Rieder on the very next play to give Destrehan a 28-10 halftime lead.

“Defensively, I thought we made some big plays. We had a fumble that gave us a short field and an interception that gave us a short field and Dontrell had that big play,” said Robicheaux.

After a weather delay backed the opening kickoff back 30 minutes, the teams came out eager to score.

Thibodaux scored on the game’s opening possession, capping an 83-yard drive on an 18-yard pass from Young to Marquel Price for a quick 7-0 Tigers lead.

Destrehan needed only a little more than two minutes to counter as Emery, who rushed for 156 yards, capped a 66-yard drive on a 1-yard run to tie the game 7-7.

“You are always worried about distractions. I thought our kids handled adversity well. It’s in and out (prior to the game), which is something we normally wouldn’t do. They handled it well and that’s what good teams do,” said Robicheaux.

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