For a team that has been accustomed to winning games by a comfortable margin in past seasons, the Destrehan Wildcats have found themselves in a number of nail-biters this season, Friday’s District 7-5A game against Central Lafourche on Friday night in Mathews was a case in point.
The Wildcats fell behind 14-0 in the first half and later saw the Trojans score to tie the game at 21-21 before eventually pulling out the contest on a 12-yard touchdown run by quarterback J.R. Blood in the third quarter for a hard-fought 28-21 triumph.
“It’s not good for older guys,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said of all of the Wildcats’ close outings this season. “We are making a lot of silly mistakes and silly penalties and we just can’t seem to get over the hump.”
Destrehan improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in district play while Central Lafourche dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in league play.
The Wildcats broke a 14-14 tie at halftime on a third-quarter touchdown pass from Blood to C.B. Anderson on a drive set up by Bryce Scioneaux’s recovery of a fumble by Trojan quarterback Jacob Barker at the Central Lafourche 12-yard line.
Central Lafourche’s David Robinson Jr. tied things up seconds later by returning the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown.
“The special teams that was good in the first half came up and gave up a big run against Robinson. He’s a good player. He also had at touchdown on a long pass so he had 14 of their 21 points. That’s what good players do,” said Robicheaux.
Destrehan countered on its next drive when Blood hooked up with Quinton Torbor on a 42-yard pass to set up the quarterback’s 12-yard touchdown run for what proved to be the game-winning score.
“C.B. Anderson had made a great catch for a touchdown that put it at 21 and Blood came in and did a good job of throwing the ball better in the second half. He doesn’t run much but he did a great job on the lead play and kept it and went 12 yards for the touchdown,” Robicheaux said.
Central Lafourche reached the Wildcats’ 8-yard line in the fourth quarter but came away with no points when a 29-yard Gavin Lasseigne field goal was blocked.
The Trojans built their 14-0 lead on a touchdown run by Deon Jenkins on Central Lafourche’s opening possession of the game and an 80-yard pass play from Barker to Robinson.
“We are just not playing well. I can’t put my finger on it,” Robicheaux said. “I have to do a good job of getting our team ready to play.”
Destrehan quickly managed to tie the game.
Carl Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards following Robinson’s score to make it 14-7.
After the special teams’ score, it was time for the Destrehan defense to come up big. Wildcat linebacker Alex Huszer returned an errant Barker toss 25 yards for a touchdown on Central Lafourche’s next drive to tie the game 14-14.
“It was good that it happened at the time it did happen. It gave us a little bit of momentum going into halftime,” Robicheaux said of his team’s special teams and defensive scores.