Destrehan survived an early ambush from Walker in a 48-21 road victory on Friday night.
The hosting Wildcats (1-1) opened the game by recovering an onside kick and on their first play from scrimmage scored on a 34-yard pass from Ethan McMasters to Brian Thomas.
Walker elected to go for the onside kick following that touchdown, but this time Destrehan (2-0) received the ball and marched down the shortened field, scoring on a 15-yard run from quarterback Damaruis Jackson.
Walker coach Chad Mahaffey elected to keep his foot on the gas on the next drive and pulled out a double pass. McMasters threw the ball to Aubrey Womack, who threw the ball to Thomas for an 80-yard score on just the second play for Walker.
Thomas would end with a monster night, catching 10 passes for 268 yards, averaging 26.8 yards per catch.
However, he would be slowed down considerably in the second half despite being challenged by senior defensive back Quincy Brown. For much of the second half, Brown was lined up across from Thomas with no safety help behind him.
“I enjoyed the battle between 1 and 11,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said, with 1 being Brown and 11 Thomas. “They’re two special athletes and that’s something we had to do. If we don’t put Quincy Brown on Thomas, they score 60. What a special talent he is. I just thought it was a battle and we were very fortunate to come out with a win.”
The St. Charles Parish-based Wildcats gained separation with a pair of touchdowns off a 52-yard run from Kyle Edwards and a 10-yard pass from Jackson to Edwards to make it 28-14 Destrehan early in the second quarter.
Destrehan finished with 449 total yards of offense, including a pair of 100-yard rushing performances from Edwards and Razan Keller. Edwards finished with 122 yards on 14 rushes while Keller had 102 yards on 13 rushes.
“I tell you what,” Robicheaux said. “Kyle’s a great downfield runner. He’s a good back and Razan Keller’s not bad either. So we’re very fortunate.”
Walker cut the lead back down to one possession with a 69-yard run from Demetri Wright, but before halftime Destrehan was able to stretch the lead back to a two-possession game with a 1-yard run from Jackson.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third quarter before Jackson called his own number on a read option and capped off an 80-yard drive with a 31-yard run to make it 40-21.Walker responded with its best drive of the night, going 62 yards on four plays before fumbling the snap at the Destrehan seven-yard line. Kelvin Lea scooped the ball up and scored 93 yards later to give Destrehan a 48-21 lead after an improvised botched point after led to a two-point conversion.
Due in large to Thomas’ big night, Destrehan allowed Walker to 525 total yards of offense, 296 of which came through the air in a 11 of 24 passing performance. Walker rushed the ball 20 times for 122 total yards.
“It was a crazy game,” Robicheaux said, “I take my hat off for the Walker coaching staff. Chad did a great job…we just battled and battle and battled. We made some mistakes but up front I think we were able to move the ball and that kind of was the difference.”