John Emery rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns while adding a touchdown reception as Destrehan opened the 2017 season with a 42-18 victory Friday night over visiting Slidell.
Emery did most of his damage in the first half, gaining 142 yards in the opening two quarters.
“We were very fortunate to get a bit of a lead and kind of slow it down in the second half and gave the young guys some playing time,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.
The Wildcats’ running game consisted of more than just Emery.
“With John Emery and the way Kyle Edwards and Ed’Juan Green ran the ball tonight, it was really impressive so that means the offensive line had a pretty good night,” said Robicheaux.
Meanwhile, Destrehan J.R. Blood was a workmanlike 8 of 15 passing for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
“That’s J.R. He doesn’t have to have lights out every night when you have a running game the way John Emery and them ran the ball. If you can run the football, you tend to be successful and with what we did tonight we kind of controlled the ball and it kind of helped us win the game,” Robicheaux said.
Emery got things going by breaking loose on a 70-yard run to give Destrehan a 7-0 lead. A 1-yard run by Edwards extended the Wildcat advantage to 14-0 after one quarter.
A blocked punt by Destrehan gave the Wildcats a short field and they took advantage on a 1-yard run by Emery to make it 21-0.
Emery’s receiving touchdown came when he turned a bubble screen from Blood into a 57-yard score and a 28-0 Destrehan lead with 5:04 remaining in the first half.
Slidell’s first score came when the Tigers returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. A two-point conversion made it 28-0.
After Blood connected with Quinton Torbor on a 29-yard touchdown pass, the Tigers countered with a field goal with eight seconds left in the second quarter to make it 35-11 at halftime.
Each team scored twice in the second half.
Green had an 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter while Slidell rounded out the scoring on a 21-yard touchdown pass by Jacob Guidry with 4:21 left in the game for the 42-18 final.
“Jacob Guidry, the quarterback at Slidell is the guy that makes them go and we had to contain him. Other than a big pass in the third quarter, we kind of contained him pretty good. That was a big factor for us. We focused all week on us doing that,” Robicheaux said.