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Three much-need scores by Emery lift Destrehan to 31-26 win

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  • November 17, 2018 - 9:02am

File photoDestrehan running back John Emery accounted for three scores, including a kick return for a touchdown, in a 31-26 second-round playoff win over Landry-Walker.


Running back John Emery accounted for three touchdowns and the Destrehan Wildcats needed all of them in a 31-26 win over Landry-Walker in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday night at Behrman Stadium in Algiers.

Emery, who committed to LSU earlier in the week, scored on runs of 4 and 6 yards and added an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a back-and-forth contest.

“We expected that type of game,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “We thought it would be a crazy, wild game because of the athletes they have, and sure enough, it was a very good football game. It was a heck of a football game and we were fortunate to come out on the winning side of it.”

By coming out on the winning side, Destrehan, the No. 2 seed, advances to next week’s quarterfinals. The Wildcats will host District 7-5A rival Terrebonne. The Tigers, the No. 7 seed, defeated Ouachita Parish 35-14. Destrehan defeated Terrebonne 49-20 in the final game of the regular season to capture the district title.

Emery’s 88-yard kickoff return was a momentum boost for the Wildcats after Landry-Walker had closed to within 20-14 in the second quarter.

The score put Destrehan on top 21-20 before the Wildcats added a touchdown toss from J.R. Blood to Quinton Torbor right before halftime to extend the lead to 28-20 at the break.

A 14-yard touchdown pass from Landry-Walker quarterback Ja’quan Dorsey to Dwayn Griffin on the opening drive of the second half allowed the Charging Buccaneers to rally to within 28-26.

The Charging Buccaneers were on the move again until defensive back Champ Craven came up with an interception for the Wildcats.

Craven’s interception, his third turnover in the last two games, helped to set up a 35-yard Mike Ehrmann field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter to increase Destrehan’s lead to 31-26.

Landry-Walker advanced to its own 47-yard line with less than two minutes remaining in the game but a sack of backup quarterback Tory Cargo by Alex Huszar killed the Charging Buccaneers’ momentum and helped seal the victory for the Wildcats.

Destrehan fumbled the opening kickoff, setting up a touchdown run by Dorsey to give the Charging Buccaneers an 8-0 lead with nine minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Emery countered with his first touchdown of the game to make it 8-7.

After another fumble, Landry-Walker scored on a run by Chad Alexander to make it 14-7.

Emery scored nine minutes in the second quarter to tie it before Alexander answered to make it 20-14.

Emery 70-yard kickoff return for Destrehan to go up 21-20.

Quinton Torbor touchdown reception right before halftime to extend the Destrehan lead to 28-20.

Dywan Griffin scored on opening drive of the second half to make it 28-26.


The Wildcats' defense saved its best for last to turn back Landry-Walker’s last gasp with a drive that began at the Charging Buccaneers’ 27-yard line with 1:17 remaining. The Charging Bucs used three plays to advance the ball to their own 47, but reserve quarterback Tory Cargo was sacked for a 17-yard loss by inside linebacker Alex Huszar.
The sack was Destrehan’s second of the drive, which ended with a false start penalty against Landry-Walker and an unsuccessful hook-and-lateral that produced a game-ending 10-yard gain.
Dorsey finding wide receiver Dwayn Griffin with a 14-yard scoring pass good for t rds, with he only points of the third period that cut Destrehan’s lead to 28-26.

The bottom line in the state playoffs, regardless of the round, is survive and advance.
The Destrehan Wildcats did just that in riding three touchdowns by LSU commitment John Emery and a clutch 17-yard scoring pass from Harold Blood Jr. to wide receiver Quinton Torbor to score a wild 31-26 victory against Landry-Walker on Friday night in a Class 5A regional round game played at Behrman Stadium.
Fourth-seeded Destrehan (11-1) recorded its ninth consecutive victory to advance to next week’s state semifinals and a date against fellow District 7-5A rival Terrebonne, a 35-14 winner against Ouachita. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Destrehan.
“(Winning) is all that matters; we got the win and we get to play again next week," said Blood after completing 12 of 22 passes for 166 yards without being intercepted. “That was the goal and the only goal."
A No. 18 seed, Landry-Walker (7-5) entered having won four straight and seven of its past eight games. The Charging Buccaneers’ losses were to John Curtis, Karr, Warren Easton, John Ehret and Destrehan, five teams who entered the second week of the playoffs with a collective record of 49-4.
“What a great football game," Destrehan coach Steve Robicheaux said. “What a tough second-round game. We knew they were good. They’re the best No. 18 seed that I’ve seen in a long time. They have so many good athletes. We were fortunate to make some plays and fortunate to come out on top."
The Wildcats scored three second-quarter touchdowns to overcome deficits of 8-0 and 14-7 against the Charging Buccaneers and assume a 28-20 advantage at intermission.
Emery, who announced his commitment to LSU on Tuesday, loomed large with 114 yards on 23 carries with scoring runs of 4 and 6 yards that accounted for Destrehan’s first two touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior followed those with a dramatic 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown after Landry-Walker had closed with 20-14.
“We told him he has to be big for us in the playoffs, and that’s what he was," Robicheaux said. “He made such a big play on the kickoff for us. That’s what five-star running backs are supposed to do."
Mike Ehrmann kicked a 35-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter to score the game’s final points after hitting all four of his PAT kicks.
Destrehan’s defense stepped to the forefront three times in the second half to turn back threats by the Charging Buccaneers, who out-gained the Wildcats 438-281.
Senior safety Champ Craven produced the first stop with an interception to halt a Landry-Walker penetration to Destrehan’s 21-yard line. The turnover also set in motion a 13-play, 78-yard drive to Ehrmann’s field goal.
Destrehan defenders then turned back the Charging Buccaneers on downs at the Wildcats’ 34-yard line when they forced two straight incompletions by quarterback Ja’Quan Dorsey.
The Wildcats' defense saved its best for last to turn back Landry-Walker’s last gasp with a drive that began at the Charging Buccaneers’ 27-yard line with 1:17 remaining. The Charging Bucs used three plays to advance the ball to their own 47, but reserve quarterback Tory Cargo was sacked for a 17-yard loss by inside linebacker Alex Huszar.
The sack was Destrehan’s second of the drive, which ended with a false start penalty against Landry-Walker and an unsuccessful hook-and-lateral that produced a game-ending 10-yard gain.
Senior running back Chad Alexander rushed for 136 yards on 14 carries with touchdowns of 24 and 6 yards and Dorsey contributed 71 yards on 12 attempts with a 1-yard quarterback sneak to pace Landry-Walker’s 191-yard rushing effort.
Dorsey and Cargo combined to complete 20 of 32 passes for 247 ya Dorsey finding wide receiver Dwayn Griffin with a 14-yard scoring pass good for t rds, with he only points of the third period that cut Destrehan’s lead to 28-26.
Next for the Wildcats is a pairing against a fellow 11-1 team in Terrebonne, which Destrehan defeated 49-20 two weeks ago in Week 10.
“It’s tough playing the same team twice," Robicheaux said. “They made some mistakes against us the first time, but it’s not going to be like that this time, I can promise you that. We’ve got to be focused and ready to go."

 


We knew it would be a heck of a second-round matchup. They were ready to play and they did a good job. They did some things to hurt us and we were fortunate to beat a very good football team in the second round.

We knew when they went up to Barbe and won that game that we were facing a really good football team.

We expected that type of game. We thought it would be a crazy, wild game because of the athletes they have, and sure enough, it was a very good football game. It was a heck of a football game and we were fortunate to come out on the winning side of it.

Their athletes on the perimeter are really good. Their quarterback is a guy that runs the zone read tremendously. Chad Alexander is extremely fast.

They did a good job moving the football and we were able to move the football, also.

Overall, I thought it was a good effort. I know we made some mistakes but to make mistakes against a good football team and come out on top, we are excited we are still playing.

Destrehan fumbled the opening kickoff and they scored to go up 8-0 with nine minutes remaining in the first quarter on touchdown run by quarterback Ja’quan Dorsey.

Emery scored to make it 8-7.

After another fumble, Landry-Walker scored on a run by Chad Alexander to make it 14-7.

Emery scored nine minutes in the second quarter to tie it.

Alexander scored to make it 20-14.

Emery 70-yard kickoff return for Destrehan to go up 21-20.

Quinton Torbor touchdown reception right before halftime to extend the Destrehan lead to 28-20.

Dywan Griffin scored on opening drive of the second half to make it 28-26.

Destrehan scored on first play of the fourth quarter on a 35-yard field goal by Mike Ehrmann set up by an interception.

Big interception by Champ Craven

They got the ball back with three minutes to go and Alex Huszar sacks Dorsey to help secure the win.

Craven. That’s his third turnover in two games.

Terrebonne

I don’t like it. You never want to play a guy you played before. It’s a team that we played and they left out on the field. We will have to get better because I know we will get a better game from them this week. We just have to get better and hope we can move the football and try to stop them going against those guys again.

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