Kyle Edwards quickly made sure there would be no lingering affects to Destrehan’s 31-24 loss a week ago at St. James.
The Alabama commitment raced 90 yards for a touchdown with the opening kickoff and Destrehan went on to score on all of its first half possessions in taking a 40-7 win over H.L. Bourgeois in District 7-5A action Friday at Tom B. Smith in Houma.
Destrehan (4-1 overall, 1-0 in district) scored all of its points in the opening half and didn’t play varsity players in a second half that featured a running clock.
Besides Edwards’ kickoff return, all of the Wildcats’ touchdowns came on the ground as freshman Jai Eugene made his first start at quarterback for Destrehan. He started in place of junior Damaruis Jackson, who sat out the game with an ankle sprain.
“It was important for us to start well and play well, especially behind a freshman quarterback with his first start,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.
A 20-yard touchdown run by Eugene and a touchdown run by Edwards made it 27-0 after the first quarter.
Keller and Edwards each added touchdown runs in the second quarter to give Destrehan its 40-0 halftime lead.
“We kind of controlled their offense and they had some bad punts early, so we had very good field position most of the first half. We jumped on that and capitalized on that,” Robicheaux said.
HLB (1-4 overall, 0-2 in district) also played without its starting quarterback, Jordan Rainey, who suffered an injury in the game.
The Braves avoided the shutout when Demarcus Singleton, Rainey’s freshman replacement, tossed a 17-yard touchdown pass with less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter.