MATHEWS — After intense battles the last two weeks against rival Hahnville and previously undefeated Thibodaux, Destrehan had to guard against being less inspired Friday night at struggling Central Lafourche.

However, the Wildcats scored on their first three possessions of the second half and then added a defensive touchdown to break open a close game and defeat the Trojans 42-7.

With the win, Destrehan (7-0, 4-0 District 7-5A), ranked second in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A poll, inched closer to a perfect regular season. Central Lafourche (3-4, 1-3) lost its third straight district game.

PONCHATOULA 26, SLIDELL 7: The Tigers (4-3, 1-3) contained Ponchatoula (7-0, 4-0) about as well as anyone has this season, although Ponchatoula quarterback Christian Campbell had his usual impressive showing, rushing for 201 yards and all three of his team’s touchdowns.

But Ponchatoula, ranked No. 4 in Class 5A, proved too much for Slidell — at least until the game’s waning minutes, when the Tigers converted fourth-and-12 and later scored.

Before that last drive, which covered 57 yards, the Tigers had only 78 yards on the night.

BROTHER MARTIN 42, HOLY CROSS 10: Running backs Jared West (174 yards) and Brian Jordan-Swilling (153) broke loose for 327 of Brother Martin’s 435 yards rushing in a District 9-5A win at Tad Gormley Stadium.

The Crusaders (7-0, 2-0), ranked No. 8 in Class 5A, have scored 290 points and are averaging 41.4 points, a pace that would eclipse all school scoring records. The most points scored were the 381 by the 1989 team and that came in 15 games. The highest points per game average was the 29.6 compiled in 2004.

RAYNE 20, EUNICE 13: Rayne defensive back Hunter Keely scooped up a second-quarter Eunice fumble and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown to lift Rayne to a District 4-4A win at Bobcat Stadium.

The touchdown was the first of Keely’s career. It also provided the Wolves — currently ranked No. 8 in Class 4A — with their final score 6:28 before halftime.

Keely’s score came 3:28 after the Wolves ended a 10-play, 63-yard scoring drive to take a 14-7 lead on a Jaylon Reed run.

NOTRE DAME 41, ERATH 0: The Notre Dame Pios sent an emphatic message to the rest of District 6-3A with another blowout win, this time against the Erath Bobcats.

Two quick scores within a minute propelled the Pios to a thrashing of an Erath team that had won three straight games.

Notre Dame (5-2, 2-0), the eighth-ranked team in Class 3A, defense also held Erath running back Elijah Mitchell to 37 yards rushing. Mitchell he had rushed for over 100 yards in four straight games for Erath (3-4, 1-1).

BREAUX BRIDGE 14, ST. MARTINVILLE 0: Drake Guidry threw a pair of touchdown passes as ninth-ranked Breaux Bridge improved to 3-1 in District 5-4A with a win over St. Martinville on Friday night.

Guidry threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Javin Derouselle in the first quarter and a 21-yarder to Javeyan Williams in the second quarter to give Breaux Bridge (5-2) all the points it needed.

The Breaux Bridge defense was the star of the night as the Tigers held their cross-parish rivals to 20 yards of offense and picked off a St. Martinville pass.

CHURCH POINT 59, NORTHWEST 20: Christian Veronie scored five touchdowns as sixth-ranked Church Point (7-0, 2-0) remained tied with Livonia in District 5-3A.

Veronie, who rushed for 139 yards on 16 carries, scored on runs of 13, 3, 7, 5 and 4 yards. Deion Monroe, and Frederick Williams also scored for the Bears as they put up 48 points in the first half and finished with 436 yards of offense.

Northwest’s Chris Lee ran for 164 yards and scored on runs of 5 and 1 yards. He also threw an 80-yard TD pass to Matthew Angelle as Northwest dropped to 1-6 and 0-2.

CATHOLIC-NI 61, WESTMINSTER 0: In Opelousas, Andre Bellafontaine scored four touchdowns and Seth Pierre had two long touchdown runs as undefeated Catholic High of New Iberia (7-0), the second-ranked team in Class 2A, improved to 2-0 in District 5-2A.

Bellafontaine, who finished with 106 yards on five carries, scored on runs of 45, 31 and 29 yards and caught an 83-yard pass from Jason Pellerin. Pierre led all rushers with 138 yards on four carries and ran for 71 and 61-yard touchdowns as the Panthers racked up 559 yards of offense while holding Westminster Christian Academy (0-7, 0-2) to 135 yards.

VERMILION CATHOLIC 46, HIGHLAND BAPTIST 20: Hunter Frith tossed four touchdown passes and ran for another as Vermilion Catholic, the third-ranked team in Class 1A, remained undefeated in District 7-1A.

Frith, who completed 18 passes in 34 attempts for 281 yards, threw 28 and 34-yard TD passes to Tyler Derouen, a 34-yarder to Payton Trahan, and a 72-yard strike to Emile Trahan. He also scored on a 13-yard run as Vermilion Catholic (6-1, 4-0) racked up 32 points in the first half.

Brontre Griffin scored on 23 and 67-yard runs and Logan Jordan threw a 46-yard scoring pass to Brody Griffin but had four interceptions for Highland Baptist (4-3, 1-2).