An attempt to run out the clock didn’t go as Destrehan expected in the Ed Reed-Jarvis Landry Jamboree on Friday night at Lutcher.
Clinging to a dwindling lead, Destrehan was trying to run out the clock when the Wildcats fumbled near midfield.
Lutcher drove inside the Destrehan 15 when Bulldogs quarterback Jontre Kirklin scored on a keeper to rally to within one point at 24-23. Kirklin scored on a two-point conversion to pull out a 25-24 victory.
“We just kept telling our guys that the difference in the game was our fumble early in the first half and that sooner or later (the Wildcats) would make a mistake and we just needed to take advantage of it,” Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins said. “So we just kept waiting for Destrehan to give us a turnover to get us back in it.
“When we took the field after (Destrehan’s) fumble I told the guys ‘we’re scoring a touchdown and we’re going for two. We’re not playing for a tie in a jamboree.’ Jontre told me he had me, we had a play drawn up; he had a run-pass option on the two-point play and he made it happen.”
Kirklin was in midseason form, accounting for three touchdowns. He was 16 of 26 passing for 222 yards while rushing for 56 yards and two scores in the abbreviated game.
Lutcher receiver Al’Dontre Davis had a big night with eight catches for 129 yards.
Destrehan’s Kristian Mosley, who scored three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ scrimmage against Salmen last week, returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
Kirklin, heading to LSU as an “athlete” showed off his athleticism on a 7-yard run in a drive in which he tossed to Tariq Belvin over the middle for a game-tying touchdown.
A 15-yard run by Destrehan quarterback Kohen Granier down to the 1-yard line set up a touchdown run by Mosley to give the Wildcats a 16-7 lead.
Destrehan finished the first half strong when Granier threw a short pass to Kendrick Lea, with the senior receiver extending past the goal line for a score that helped to put the Wildcats ahead 24-10 at halftime.
Lutcher scored the final 15 points of the game, culminating in Kirklin’s two-point conversion for the victory. His first score of the second half came on a 1-yard run.
“You’ve got two great river parish football teams going head-to-head,” Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins said. “It might have just been a jamboree but we’re going to play as hard as we can and our kids are going to put it all on the line.
“I just got to be proud of my kids. Our kids have been great character guys both on and off the field since I’ve been here. We’ve kind of stepped up when our community needed us to step it up and it was great to come out and play hard and finish the way we did.”
“What a jamboree; what a great great game. I’m proud of our kids,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “Our kids came out and played hard to the end. We’re not going to find better skill than with what Lutcher had on the field tonight. They have a tremendous team. Coach Jenkins has done a great job.
We came out here we battled. We made a couple of mistakes that hurt us and I think we’ve just got to get better. Overall, you’re never happy when you lose but I think we got better tonight.
Riverside Academy 7, Mandeville 0: A long run to open the second half by Riverside’s Louis Cheneau inside the Mandeville 5-yard line set up the game’s only touchdown on a run by Jeremy Gibson.
“We ran the football better tonight than I expected at this juncture. We have real strong ability to run the football. That was a very good sign for our football team,” Riverside coach Bill Stubbs said.
The Rebels’ performance was a bounce-back effort from what Stubbs said he considered a sub-par effort a week ago in Riverside’s scrimmage against Vandebilt Catholic.
“It was a big change from last week,” the Riverside coach said. “I really appreciate the way our guys responded and came back to kind of be where we need to be at this point. To me, I feel like we are back even to where we should be.”
Along with the running game and special teams play, Stubbs said he was pleased with his team’s defensive effort.
“They (the Skippers) moved the ball around and got it down a couple of times but we turned them away. Those are the things you really love to see,” he said.
“It’s a jamboree. We made our share of mistakes, of course, more in the passing game than anything else, but we can get that corrected,” Stubbs added.