Destrehan is likely to face wounded Tigers when the Wildcats take on Terrebonne on Friday night at Tom B. Smith Stadium in Houma.
While Destrehan (4-1 overall, 1-0 district) was bouncing back from its only loss of the season with a 40-7 win against H.L. Bourgeois in the Wildcats’ District 7-5A opener, the Tigers were dropping to 0-2 in league play with a 35-28 loss to unbeaten Thibodaux.
“They will be desperate to win,” said Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux, whose team in ranked No. 7 in the Class 5A poll. “We have to get ready to play what I think is a very athletic team.”
The game will be live streamed on VSN Louisiana. Lonnie Thibodeaux will handle play by play with color commentary by Don Schwab. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
One of the wounded Tigers is Ja’khi Douglas.
“Ja’khi’s got a bit of a bum shoulder. I don’t know what they will do with him,” said Robicheaux. “When he’s on the field, he’s a Florida State commit, so you know he’s a good player.
“They want to get him about here making plays and they have been doing a good job of getting him the ball. They will line him up at quarterback and run zone read and they will put him outside and run the bubble screen.”
Douglas plays quarterback for the Tigers (2-3 overall, 0-2 in district) but also moves outside when Terrebonne brings in Ryan Williams behind center. Douglas played sparingly at quarterback against Thibodaux.
“I think their quarterback, Ryan Williams, is a guy that kind of makes things happen,” said Robicheaux. “He’s a kid that gets out of trouble and he gets the ball down the field. It’s a team that we will have to focus on containing and keep him in the pocket.”
Another offensive threat is Jaylin Lucas.
“The running back/receiver, Jaylin Lucas, he’s always making plays at both at the running back and receiving position,” said Robicheaux.
Whoever the quarterback is, he has a lot of targets at his disposal.
“They have good receivers when they go to throw the ball, Randall Hartman, Keith Robinson, and A.J. Walter and Ja’khi plays a lot of receiver, too. When Doniver Harris goes in the backfield, Lucas goes to receiver and Walter comes out,” Robicheaux explained.
The strength of Terrebonne’s defense is its line, led by highly touted Maason Smith, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound junior.
“He will be able to go anywhere he wants. He’s just so massive in there at the defensive end position. He’s extremely strong and active,” said Robicheaux.
Joining Smith up front are Kaden Lewis and Tyrell Robinson.
“They do a good job up front and allow those linebackers to blitz in their 3-3 Stack. They do a good job up front of eating guys up front and allowing those linebackers, Isiah Oubre and Justin Navy to come up and make plays,” explained Robicheaux.
Considered one of the district favorites, the Tigers are 0-2 in league play after losing by a touchdown to Hahnville and Thibodaux, a pair of undefeated teams.
Terrebonne is in a position where it can ill afford another loss.
“They lost to Hahnville and Thibodaux that could have gone either way. They have the people there. They just can’t quite get it done and you hope that they can’t quite get it done against you,” Robicheaux said.
Click below for the link to the game that is set to begin on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m.