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.
CATHOLIC-BR 20, DUTCHTOWN 17: Over the course of a tense, dramatic District 5-5A game, Catholic-Baton Rouge seemingly did just enough to keep Dutchtown at arm’s length.
Then junior linebacker Brandon Fairbanks took it to another extreme.
With Dutchtown place-kicker Justin Reid lined up for a game-tying 50-yard field goal, Fairbanks got just enough of his right hand to deflect the attempt on the game’s final play, allowing No. 5 Catholic to survive Friday at Griffin Field.
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.