Destrehan rallied from an early 13-0 deficit to defeat visiting John Ehret 44-25 Friday night.
The Wildcats (2-1) bounced back from their first regular-season loss since 2012 with the victory over the Patriots.
“It was big for us. Coming off a loss, you are kind of worried about how your team will respond. We kind of started off the same way we played last week but our kids settled down and we started to play a little better and caught a little momentum and just finished hard in the second half,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.
John Emery amassed 166 of the Wildcats’ 192 yards on the ground and added four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown to pace the Wildcats. Destrehan quarterback J.R. Blood was 12 of 23 passing for 157 yards and a touchdown while Quinton Torbor had four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown.
Ehret (1-2) jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one quarter on a pair of touchdown passes by Travis Mumphrey. The junior quarterback hooked up with Jammal Houston from 10 yards out and connected with Lorinzo Penn on a 22-yard score for the Patriots.
The Wildcats chipped away at the deficit, coming up with their first touchdown on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Blood to Emery to make it 13-7 at the 8:35 mark of the second quarter.
A 9-yard run by Emery with 26 seconds left in the second quarter gave the Wildcats a 14-13 edge at halftime.
“We just told our kids to stay positive and keep working and then we got a big play from John Emery to make it 13-7 and made it 14-13 at half and then just kind of pulled away,” said Robicheaux.
A 31-yard pass from Blood to Carson Reider and a 22-yard toss from the Destrehan quarterback to Torbor made it 28-13 after three quarters.
“Overall, I thought our conditioning came through in the end and were able to pull away in the third quarter,” Robicheaux said.
Destrehan stretched its lead to 31-13 with a field goal seven seconds into the fourth quarter before Ehret countered on a 20-yard pass from Mumphrey to Penn to make it 31-19 with 4:23 remaining in the game.
The Wildcats added a 46-yard touchdown run by Emery and a 5-yard pass from Blood to Ed’Juan Green to extend the lead to 44-19.
Ehret closed out the scoring on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds left in the game for the 44-25 final.
The Patriots passed for 257 yards and rushed for 155.
The Wildcat defense, Robicheaux said, contained Ehret’s inside running attack.
“We worked hard on it this week after St. Charles hurt us last week inside. We thought we had to stop the run to be successful. We were able to do that for the most part,” the Destrehan coach said.