Trailing 23-7 at the end of three quarters, Destrehan scored 15-straight points to pull to within a point of Terrebonne at 23-22 and the Wildcats were on the move once again
Destrehan had the ball at its own 47-yard line with less than a minute remaining and needing only a field goal to win the game.
It wasn’t meant to be for the Wildcats on Friday night at Tom B. Smith Stadium in Houma as Terrebonne’s Jakobe Carter intercepted a pass from Destrehan freshman quarterback Jai Eugene and raced for a touchdown to seal DHS’ fate with a 30-22 loss.
A mistake-filled start for Destrehan proved to be too much for the Wildcats to overcome in the end.
“We had four turnovers and you can’t have four turnovers against a good team and expect to win,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.
Destrehan turned the ball over on its first two possessions on a Djon Scott fumble recovery and Carter’s fist interception of the game when he picked off Wildcat quarterback Damaruis Jackson.
The Tigers took advantage of the interception when quarterback Ryan Williams scored on a 1-yard run to give Terrebonne a 7-0 lead.
Destrehan countered with a 50-yard march, culminating in a 3-yard touchdown run by Kyle Edwards to tie the game in the first quarter.
Edwards carried the load for Destrehan with 147 yards on 37 carries.
A 9-yard touchdown run by Justin Navy gave Terrebonne a 14-7 edge after one quarter.
The only points in the second quarter came on a 33-yard Wyatt Guidry as time expired to extend Terrebonne’s halftime lead to 17-7.
“They went up 17-7 at half aided by three turnovers,” said Robicheaux.
Terrebonne continued its pattern of long, time-consuming possession, ending a 12-play drive on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Ja’khi Douglas for the only points of the third quarter and a 23-7 Tigers lead.
“They did a good job. Ja’khi made some plays and I think the quarterback (Williams) threw the ball good enough to win. They made plays when they had to and we didn’t,” Robicheaux said.
The Wildcats finally came to life in the fourth quarter.
A 2-yard run by Edwards made it 23-13.
made it 23-20 on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Eugene to Quincy Brown.
The Wildcats then forced a Tigers punt from deep in Terrebonne territory. The center snap sailed over the head of Douglas, the THS punter, and out of the end zone to inch Destrehan to with 23-22 with less than four minutes remaining in the game but that was as close as the Wildcats would ultimately get.