Destrehan’s 21-2 win over St. James that gave Marcus Scott his first win was a good overall victory for the Wildcats, according to the DHS coach.
“It was a good win because we improved from the first week to the second week and we had to overcome adversity as well. It was a good win. It was a good win for the players. The assistant coaches did a good job preparing the kids,” Scott said.
Now, the Wildcats (1-1) seek to pick up their first win in District 7-5A play when they host H.L. Bourgeois at 7 p.m. Friday.
Because Destrehan’s 7-5A open week came during the first week of the league slate, the Wildcats, unlike the other teams in the district, had a chance to get two non-district games under their belt against the likes of St. Paul’s and St. James before starting league play.
“We are thankful to be playing first of all. We realize what an opportunity that we have, and we also understand that the two pre-district games are to prepare you for district play. Going into district play, we know we have a ways to go and thing to clean up but we are looking forward to the challenge,” said Scott.
In the age of power points, some coaches don’t put as much emphasis on district titles as in the past. For Scott, district play plays a big role in preparing for the playoffs.
“We have a lot of competitive teams in our district which will also be playoff teams so it’s a good way to prepare for the postseason,” the Destrehan coach said.
HLB (1-1 overall, 0-1 in district) goes into the Destrehan game with a league game under its belt, having lost 34-20 to East St. John last week.
The Braves provide a unique task for any opposing defense. HLB utilizes both a spread and Wing-T attack on offense.
“It does present a challenge when you have to defend two offenses and have to do it at the drop of a hat. It will take a lot of focus and attention to detail on our part,” said Scott.
Directing the offense is senior quarterback Jordan Rainey.
“He’s an athletic kid who can throw the ball down the field. He really makes things happen. He runs their offense well,” Scott said.
At running back is Will Babin.
“Their offensive system, they do a good job of getting their ball to their playmakers. Babin is one of many playmakers that they have,” said Scott.
Demarcus Singleton and Quan Harris will line up at different spots depending on the offensive
formation. Both are wingbacks in the Wing-T formation and will move out to receiver when the Braves go to their spread offense.
The Braves’ base defense is a 4-2-5 alignment.
“They play a lot of man coverage. They challenge the receivers at the line of scrimmage. They are very active in the box with their defensive line and linebackers. It’s a bit of a different style than we have seen thus far,” Scott explained.
A pair of disruptors along the defensive line are ends Dalton Johnson and Aden Jackson.
“Both defensive ends have a really good first step and they can cause a lot of confusion in both the run and pass game,” Scott noted.
Roaming the secondary is junior Da’Quan Diggs, who led the Braves in interceptions a year ago.
If Destrehan can duplicate its feat of no more than five penalties in a game like it did against St. James a week ago, it should be in position to come away with its first win in district play, according to Scott.
“Our philosophy is we would like to have five penalties or less, with no pre-snap and no post-snap penalties,” the Destrehan coach explained. “That will eliminate the offsides and personal fouls and things of that nature. You will get a couple of penalties because you might get a hold because a kid is hustling. You may get some of that stuff. Five, through the years, has been the magic number. If it’s five or less with no pre-snap or post-snap penalties, you usually find yourself in a decent spot at the end of the game.”