Mumford and Sons may have been the Voodoo Fest headliner nearby at City Park but it was Robicheaux and the Wildcats who got top billing at Tad Gormely Stadium Friday as Destrehan survived a late Jesuit rally for a 28-23 win.
“My hat's off to Coach (Mark) Songy and his staff,” said Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux. “(Jesuit) is just so well coached and play so hard. I'm happy, but just a little dissapointed in a couple plays here and there that didn't go well and that's what we need to clean up.”
The third quarter proved to be the difference for the Wildcats who extended a 14-10 halftime lead to 28-10 on a 60-yard touchdown run, followed moments later by a J.R. Blood 61-yard touchdown pass to Quincy Brown. Emery rushed for 115 yards while Brown had 111 yards receiving and both scored two touchdowns each in the win for the Wildcats who improve to 8-1 on the season.
“Just keep pounding it, that's our game plan,” said Emery. “We used different formations to spread the box and me and (Blood) called it. Once we got that box cleared out, that's when I hit it.”
As for Brown, he caught a long pass to set up Emery's 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, then scored his own touchdown on a 3-yard reception following a botched Jesuit punt. It was his 61-yard touchdown reception that proved to be the winning margin.
“The touchdown was just seeing what the defense was in and then attacking it,” said Brown. “(The defender) was taking away my inside so I just went outside and I guess he tripped up.”
Jesuit scored a pair of touchdowns late to pull to within one possession but Champ Craven recovered an onside kick with 1:18 left to seal the victory.
“I'm proud of our kids,” said Robicheaux. “We made big plays when we had to. We made stupid plays at times. We just finished talking (to the team) and we got to do better. My hat's off to Jesuit. Great football team. Their front seven is ridiculous. We were trying to figure it out and get some runs. John made one big run but they did a tremendous job.”
Destrehan now prepares for a home game next Friday with 9-0 Terrebonne in a game that will determine the District 7-5A Champion.
“It's the biggest game of the season right now,” said Emery. “We didn'y get (the District Championship) last year so we have a chip on our shoulder. I'm sure they have a chip on their shoulder because we beat them last year (28-7) so it's going to be a great game.”