It may have been a game that didn’t count but fans at the Ed Reed/Jarvis Landry Jamboree on Friday night in Lutcher quickly realized why Destrehan’s John Emery will be running in the SEC next season.
Emery, a Georgia Bulldogs commitment, broke runs of 11, 11, 12, 11 and 4 yards before concluding the drive on a 19-yard touchdown run to cap an 86-yard, 12-play drive that gave Destrehan a 7-0 lead. Emery accounted for 68 yards on the drive.
After Lutcher tied the game, a pile-carrying run of 15 yards by Emery set up a 7-yard run by Kyle Edwards one play later that allowed the Wildcats to take a 13-7 halftime lead on Destrehan’s way to a 24-14 victory.
“After the touchdown, I said, ‘that’s why he will be playing in the SEC competing for a national championship next year at this time. He’s definitely the real deal,” Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins said.
“He’s a special back. He did a great job, but our offensive line was fighting, and they do a tremendous. It was a great job coming out here and competing and getting the job done against a good football team,” said Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux.
In other jamboree action involving River Parish teams, Riverside Academy defeated South Lafourche and St. Charles Catholic edged host Hannan 8-0.
After Emery’s efforts on Destrehan’s first score, Lutcher tied the game 7-7 on a 7-yard quarterback keeper by Kolby Bourgeois. One play earlier, Bourgeois appeared to fumble going into the end zone but was ruled down at the Destrehan 7-yard line before losing the ball.
Emery seemed the carry the entire Lutcher defense 15 yards on a fourth-down run that set up Edwards’ touchdown to give Destrehan its six-point halftime edge.
A 19-yard touchdown run by Destrehan quarterback J.R. Blood extended the Wildcats’ lead to 21-7 at the 7:46 mark of the second half.
The Wildcats took advantage of a classic tip-drill interception by Champ Craven to eventually set up a 30-yard Mike Ehrmann field goal to make it 24-7 with 1:22 left in the game.
A pair of long completions from Bourgeois to Cam Amato led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Bourgeois with seconds remaining in the game to make the final 24-14.
Riverside versus South Lafourche: The Rebels scored two touchdowns in the span of three minutes to open the second half to pull away from a 14-14 tie at halftime to defeat South Lafourche 28-21 in the Thibodaux Jamboree.
South Lafourche fumbled on the opening play of the second half and the Rebels scored four plays later on a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Gage Larvadian to Isiah Bigham to pull ahead 21-14.
On the first play of Riverside’s next drive, Larvadian hooked up with Jaylen Watkins on a 60-yard touchdown to increase the Rebels’ lead to 28-14.
“We challenged them at halftime and the came out and they answered that challenge and we got those scores and then we just shut it down from that point. It was real good to see them respond,” Riverside coach Kevin Dizer said.
An 11-yard touchdown pass from Tarpons quarterback Brock Bailleaux to Eric Thibodaux on the last play of the game accounted for the 28-14 final.
The Rebels scored on the game’s opening drive on a 25-yard touchdown from Larvadian to Kash Foley for a 6-0 lead.
“Our offensive coordinator, Dexter Falgoust, has been doing a great job and I told him all week that if we got the chance we are taking the football and I wanted to score and that’s exactly what we did,” Dizer said.
South Lafourche countered on its opening possession of the contest when Bailleaux scored on a 6-yard run to take a 7-6 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the opening half.
The Tarpons extended their lead to 14-6, taking advantage of a turnover.
A fumble on a sack was recovered by South Lafourche’s Jason Bourgeois, giving the Tarpons the ball at the Riverside 11. Two plays later, Cameron Georges scored on a 6-yard run to give South Lafourche a 14-6 edge with less than four minutes remaining in the opening period.
Riverside tied the game with slightly more than two minutes remaining before halftime on a 59-yard run by Louis Cheneau and a two-point conversion run by Ahmonte Watkins.
The Rebels, despite not game planning for the contest, managed to contain the Tarpons’ Wing-T attack, especially in the second half.
“The defense responded real good. Early, it was a little shaky because we didn’t go through any of their looks. We were just worried about Riverside. Coach (Jonathan) Reed did a great job making adjustments and getting the guys to answer that challenge,” Dizer said.
St. Charles versus Hannan: The Comets halted a long Hannan drive to open the game and scored on the ensuing possession to take the 8-0 road win.
Hannan opened with a 15-play drive but came away with no points when Bryce Authement intercepted a pass at the goal line on a when the Hawks faced fourth-and-9 from the SCC 10-yard line.
“We had a penalty that extended the drive and on important third downs, we couldn’t get off the field. We were very sluggish in the first half on defense. Until we learned some technique we were just kind of running around and not playing real took technique. They (the Hawks) had a couple of throws on the scramble that was a bit factor in the game until we finally got our sea legs,” Comets coach Frank Monica said.
Authement returned the interception to the Comets’ 45. St. Charles used 11 plays to score, capping the drive on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Justin Dumas to Taylor Miller when the Comets faced a fourth-and-7 situation.
Miller scored off of a swinging gate play to give St. Charles an 8-0 lead with 3:57 remaining in the first half.
The Comets’ Phillip Tran returned the second-half kickoff 63 yards to the Hannan 35. After losing yards on two of the plays in the drive, SCC failed to convert on fourth down, giving up the ball on downs at the Hannan 33.
“We had one dropped pass and one incomplete pass and before we knew it, we squandered a great opportunity,” said Monica.
On the next possession, the Hawks were forced to punt from their own 16-yard line on fourth-and-27 put a roughing-the-kicker penalty by the Comets allowed Hannan to retain possession. The Hawks advanced to their own 45 before again being forced to punt as neither team managed to score in the second half for the 8-0 final.
“We blocked the punt,” Monica claimed. “The punt ended up going out of bounds about five yards away become the kid got a hand on it but the referee called it roughing”
The St. Charles offense ended up with 27 snaps compared to 40-plus for the defense.
“I think, offensively, we improved a lot from where we were in terms of execution. Defensively, I think we were a little surprised. We thought we were a little further along. Now we have to install more stuff but I thought we were a little further along than what we were,” said Monica.