When it rains it pours.
As the raindrops fell harder, Zachary scored quicker.
During a five-minute span in the third quarter at the height of an all night driving rainstorm the defending 5A State Champions turned a 36-33 deficit into a 54-36 lead on their way to a highlighy eventful 67-57 win earning a trip back to the 5A State Championship (where they will face West Monroe) while Destrehan's season comes to an end.
“We knew it was going to take a lot to stop (Zachary),” said Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux. “They have a tremendous offense, I didn't quite expect this much but they answered the bell. We went up, they came back they scored, we answered the bell it was just back and forth. I'm happy for our guys, they did a tremendous job my hat's off to coach (David) Brewerton and Zachary, they got a tremendous team. Hey, I still love these kids and this program, we just came up a little short.”
Destrehan got a pair of first half touchdown runs by John Emery, but Emery suffered a lower leg injury and did not play in the second half.
In a game that saw nearly 900 yards of total offense it was Zachary's big three of quarterback Keilon Brown (300+ total yards, accounted for 4 touchdowns), running back RJ Allen (107 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns), and wide receiver Chandler Whitfield (300+ all-purpose yards, 2 touchdowns) that made the difference.
Emery rushed for just under 100 yards in his final prep career. Senior quarterback J.R. Blood threw for close to 300 yards wwith three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown.