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Young backs help Destrehan run past Covington in spring game

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  • May 17, 2017 - 11:25pm

Destrehan running back Ed'Juan Green turned a short pass into a 22-yard touchdown play for the second of the Wildcats' two scores at Covington in spring game action Wednesday.

With both teams playing without their starting running backs, Destrehan’s spring game at Covington on Wednesday was a low-scoring affair.

Destrehan’s younger runners had the better outing as Kyle Edwards and Ed’Juan Green scored the only two touchdowns in the controlled portion of the spring game while neither team scored in a 15-minute quarter to conclude the evening.

“We made too many mistakes for a spring game. The kids played hard. I saw enough to know that guys who were a little inexperienced did a good job and they will get better. I like this group. They are coachable,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.

“At first we were a little sluggish in stopping the run,” said Covington coach Greg Salter. “We struggled with that throughout the night but that was something we knew coming in that would be tough for us. We had two d-lineman and a linebacker out and they have a good defense. I thought our kids responded well after our second series.”

Destrehan was without John Emery and Covington was minus Devin Brumfield. Both were held out for precautionary measures while nursing injuries. The Lions also were without starting quarterback Joshua Alfaro, who is awaiting clearance following offseason surgery.

The controlled portion of the spring game saw the first units from each team alternate 10-play series, followed by the second units in a series of eight plays.

Destrehan scored on its first series on a 14-yard run by Edwards, who will be a sophomore in the fall.

“It was his first real action against 5A football and did a tremendous job. He runs the ball a little bit high but I think he’s going to be a special running back,” Robicheaux said of Edwards.

Green’s touchdown came on the Wildcats’ second series when he turned a short pass from quarterback J.R. Blood into a 22-yard touchdown.

“Ed’Juan Green did a good job. I like that tandem,” said Robicheaux.

Jeremiah Driver ran hard as Brumfield’s replacement – but like his Lion teammates – was unable to find the end zone.

“It was great for him to be able to run behind an offensive line. We struggled last year but we have four out of five back so it’s great to see them open up holes,” said Salter.

Defensively, Destrehan’s Jalen Smothers had an interception to end Covington’s second series among the first units.

The only score by the second units came on a touchdown run by quarterback Seth Gourdon on the final play of the last series by Covington.

Kejohn Batiste, normally a receiver, started at quarterback for Covington in place of Alfaro.

“He’s a great football player and he will be one of the best receivers in the area. He really hadn’t played quarterback for us since his freshman year for us. It was good to see how quickly he picked things up,” Salter said of Batiste.

The format for the scrimmage has been a familiar one for Destrehan and Covington through recent years.

“With the controlled-scrimmage part - certainly you want to move the chains and put the ball in the end zone – but with not being confined to the true drive, you actually can dabble into your whole playbook and see what you need to keep in and what you need to fine tune. You don’t have to worry as much about down and distance. In the controlled-scrimmage part, it’s really irrelevant. You are just trying to see everything you have, see what your guys do well and don’t – and that’s what I like about it,” said Salter.

“We can control what we are doing. At any point in time, we can go back on different things. I don’t like to play a game, per se. I think it allows us to work on some things. It gives you time to rest between series and kind of work on some things. That’s what we’ve been doing and it seems to work for us, so we will stick with it,” 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.