DESTREHAN — After seeing its five-year regular season (on the field) win streak ended last week, the Destrehan Wildcats returned home and started a new one Friday night.
The Wildcats spotted John Ehret a 13-0 lead in the first quarter before the Wildcats roared back, scoring 31 unanswered points on the way to a 44-25 non-district victory over the Patriots.
The win improves Destrehan to 2-1 as it heads into District 7-5A play next week against arch-rival Hahnville.
The Patriots, who were coming off a 46-41 victory last week against Hahnville, drop to 1-2.
Destrehan’s offense, which was virtually shut down last week, amassed 340 yards, including 191 rushing. Most of that was gained by senior running back John Emery, who rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. He scored on a 9-yard run in the second quarter and a 46-yard run in the fourth.
Junior quarterback JR Blood, who also struggled last week, passed for 149 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Carson Rieder on a 31-yard pass and Quinton Torbor for touchdowns of 22 and 5 yards.
Phillip Stratton added a 23-yard field goal in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
The Patriots finished with 396 yards, most of that from quarterback Travis Mumphry. He was 24 of 39 for 217 yards and four touchdowns with one interception and threw to six different receivers.
He threw touchdowns to Jamall Houston, Rashawn Jones and two to Lorinzo Pinn.
He also rushed for 101 yards.
Mumphry got started quickly. The Patriots held Destrehan to 3 yards on its first possession and then got a short Wildcats punt.
With only 30 yards to go, Mumphry needed only six plays to get to the end zone.
connecting with Houston for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 7:54 remaining in the first quarter.
Destrehan went nowhere on its second drive either, and the Patriots again started with good field position at their own 40. This time it took Ehret six plays before Mumphrey connected with Penn for the touchdown. The PAT kick failed, leaving Ehret with a 13-0 lead.
Destrehan gave the Patriots another chance when Lucien Babino recovered a Wildcats fumble at the Ehret 49 yard line, but this time Destrehan stopped the drive. Ehret turned the ball over on downs at the Destrehan 11 with 1:53 remaining in the first quarter.
It still took the Wildcats a while to get going. They did not get their first first down until the 9:42 mark of the first quarter when Blood connected with Carl Lewis for a 20-yard gain.
On second down, Emery burst through the line for a 56-yard gain. After three incompletions, Blood found Lewis in the end zone.
The Wildcats’ next scoring drive came after Noah Tallanich recovered a Patriots fumble at the Ehret 45. Thanks to a roughing the passer call, the Wildcats drove to the Ehret 30. With 22 seconds remaining in the half, Destrehan took the lead when Emery ran right for a 9-yard score.