Destrehan takes its show on the road for the first time in 2019 when the Wildcats play at Walker on Friday night.
With a scrimmage, jamboree and Week 1 opener at home, it will be the first time for Destrehan to play on the road.
“It’s our first real road game. The scrimmage was changed from Salmen to here, so we haven’t really been on the road. It will be interesting to see how we react,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.
Destrehan (1-0) takes a new-look Walker team. Walker (1-0) is coming off a 38-30 season-opening win over Madison Prep.
Coaching Walker is Chad Mahaffey, who won three state championships in nine years at University High in Baton Rouge.
“When you bring in a guy like that to a program like Walker – Walker’s was kind of on that edge of breaking through and they had some great receivers – they lost to Hahnville last year and Hahnville was really starting to get it together at the end of the year. I think he’s got them going in the right direction,” Robicheaux said of Mahaffey.
With Mahaffey being a first-year coach at Walker, Robicheaux and his staff went back and looked at his previous work at U-High to get an idea of what to possibly expect on Friday night.
“I’ve seen them the last two years because we scrimmaged St. Charles and St. Charles was on the schedule the last few years so we watched them in the scrimmage the last two years and got to see what they can do,” said Robicheaux.
On thing Walker likes to do is get the ball in the hands of running back Keondra Brown.
“He’s kind of like our Razan Keller. He’s like a rolling ball guy. He’s 210 pounds. He’s fast and he’s strong,” said Robicheaux.
Brown has some solid linemen to run behind, according to Robicheaux.
“Those linemen do a good job of creating a small crease for Brown to run through,” the Destrehan coach said.
Quarterback Ethan McMasters has some prime targets to throw to in Brian Thomas and Josh Spitzer.
“They do a good job of getting the ball on the perimeter. Josh Spitzer is a pretty good receiver and Thomas, I think, is the real deal. They try to get him the ball out in space,” said Robicheaux.
A couple of big guys up front for Walker on defense include Dylan Sharp and Tristian Thompson.
“Defensively, you will get a three-man and four-man front. They like to play man. We have to be ready. They like to bring pressure and do a lot of slanting up front,” Robicheaux explained.
Other top defenders, Robicheaux said, include linebacker Roger Brooks, along with defensive backs Kerry Flowers and Aubrey Womack.
As always, Robicheaux cites the play at the line of scrimmage as the key to the game.
“It’s whether we can run the football and do that and if Damaruis (Jackson) can throw the ball well against a man-coverage team. Hopefully, we can get that done, also,” the Destrehan coach said.