Destrehan got its running game on track in the second half to break a 10-10 halftime tie on its way to a 27-10 non-district victory over visiting Jesuit on Friday night.
Kyle Edwards, who was held to less than 10 yards rushing in the first half, exploded for 116 yards in the second half, including a 25-yard touchdown in the closing minutes as the Wildcats pulled away.
“Really, when we had to run the football our offensive line did a great job,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said.
Destrehan improved to 7-2 overall while Jesuit fell to 2-7.
“It was an all-around great win. It was a great win for our program,” said Robicheaux. “They were a team that scared me. They were 2-6 but they lost four games to Rummel, John Curtis, Warren Easton and St. Paul’s and we knew they were better than their record indicated.”
The Wildcats came up with a defensive stop to open the second half and took the lead on a 27-yard pass from quarterback J.R. Blood to receiver Quincy Brown to go on top 17-10 at the 6:37 mark of the third quarter.
An 18-yard Phillip Stratton field goal 37 seconds in the fourth quarter extended Destrehan’s lead to 20-10.
“We got up by two scores at 20-10 and just kind of did a good job of picking up first downs and keeping the clock moving,” Robicheaux said.
Edwards broke loose on a 25-yard scamper with 1:10 left in the game to account for the final margin.
Destrehan grabbed the early lead at 7-0 when Macon Clark ran a blocked punt 9 yards for a touchdown at the 8:12 mark of the first quarter.
“We saw something on film and we got Macon free and the (punter) kind of bobbled the ball a little bit and we got the block and ended up getting a touchdown on it,” said Robicheaux.
Jesuit tied the game late in the first quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Watermeier to Brenden Berggren.
The Blue Jays took their only lead of the game with 4:09 left in the second quarter on a 28-yard Max Scheurich field goal.
Stratton connected on a 30-yard kick on the final play of the first half to tie the game 10-10.
The Wildcats held Jesuit to 170 total yards, including only 38 rushing.
“Our defense played well all night. They did a really good job stopping the run and making plays when we had to,” Robicheaux said.