“When you sit back there and it’s late and you have the ball on your own 1-yard line and you make that drive, I think it was kind of a statement. That was key in turning the momentum back in our favor,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said of his team’s game last week against East St. John.
The battle of Wildcats was tied 28-28 when Destrehan got the ball back, pinned at its own 1-yard line. A 40-yard burst by running back John Emery got his team out of a deep hole. Later, fellow running back Kyle Edwards, scored on a 29-yard run to give his team a 35-28 lead.
“We had to make a big play to win the game. I’m just happy that this week against East St. John we got it done, as compared to John Ehret in Week 3, where we didn’t get it done,” said Robicheaux, referring to Destrehan’s lone loss of the season.
As had been the case throughout the game, East St. John responded. A 22-yard touchdown run by Prentice Cook made it 35-28. ESJ missed the extra point, making the final score 35-34 – the same exact score from a year earlier.
Now Destrehan, 5-1 overall and 3-0 in District 7-5A turns its sights on Central Lafourche. The Trojans also are 5-1 overall and 1-1 in district play. Central Lafourche’s lone loss was a 31-0 defeat at the hands of East St. John.
“They have done some good things. They do a good job of just lining up and just kind of running the ball right at you. They have had a lot of success doing that. The only game they lost was to East St. John. East St. John made some big plays on them, but all the rest, they scored 50, 38, 45 and 31. They are scoring a lot of points,” Robicheaux said.
The Trojans feature a power offense.
“They run some sweep action stuff, but more or less, they want to run power and inside zone,” said Robicheaux.
Central Lafourche boasts a three-year starter at running back in Deon Jenkins.
“He does a tremendous job running the football with what they do with pulling guards and power schemes and sweeps. They do a good job of blocking it,” said Robicheaux.
The receiving corps consists of tight end Logan Wilcox, along with receivers Jansen Folse and Peyton Loredo.
“They are looking for Jansen Folse. He has gone a good job catching the ball. Peyton Loredo is more of a possession guy,” Robicheaux said.
The Trojan tight ends, Robicheaux said, help out with blocking schemes.
“They have an offensive line that has average size, but at the point of attack their tight ends are very good,” the Destrehan coach said.
Directing it all is senior quarterback Jacob Barker.
“The quarterback does a good job throwing it. He makes plays when he has to and gets them out of trouble,” Robicheaux said of Barker.
Central Lafourche coach Keith Menard, Robicheaux said, is good at finding the right formations that best suits his personnel.
“They do a lot of misdirection stuff,” said Robicheaux. “A lot of formations that make you think on Friday night and move people around to try and create disadvantages on your defense.
“He will try to out-scheme you and get his guys in a better position to make plays and will have to be able to react to that. They do a lot of unbalanced lines and that kind of stuff.”
The Trojans, Robicheaux, are based out of a 3-3 Stack on defense, but with variations.
“They will give you some four-man front. They played us in 3-3 Stack. They will walk those guys down so they will give you a 50-type look. It’s more of a four-man front and they will jump into a 3-3 Stack depending on the formations you give them,” the Destrehan coach explained.
One of the big guys up front is 6-foot-3, 230-pound Kobe Guidroz.
“He kind of reminds me of our Noah Taliancich. He’s a big kid that plays extremely hard. I think he’s one of their better guys,” Robicheaux said.
Others along the defensive line include 6-foot-4, 310-pound Dontrey Chester and 6-foot-3, 225-pound Trevor Alleman.
“They definitely look the part,” said Robicheaux. “They are very active. We will have to do a good job of trying to slow those guys down and really do a good job of blocking at the point of attack.”
The linebacker corps consists of Ryen Weaver, Caleb Thibodaux and Bennett Knight.
“They play off of those big guys up front and do a good job of making plays,” Robicheaux said.
The secondary consists of Raquan Samuel, Jacob David, Beaux Girouard, Rhett Malbrough and Ethan Clement.
The Central Lafourche game represents the start of a home stand for the Wildcats.
“The good thing is we are back home. We were kind of on the road a lot at the beginning of the year. Now we have three out of four at home. Hopefully, that will help us to get through the back end of this season,” Robicheaux said.