For a moment or two, it was difficult to tell whether Lutcher coach Tim Detillier was happy or angry following Friday night’s Ed Reed River Parishes Jamboree against Destrehan.
He certainly was emotional as he addressed his team. And he had good reasons for both emotions. His team made its share of mistakes but still managed fight off a late Destrehan rally to take a 26-21 win against the Class 5A powerhouse.
“Let me tell you something,” Detillier said. “You look at us and you look at them. That ain’t supposed to happen. But happen it did.”
Mostly, Lutcher junior quarterback Jontre Kirklin and junior wide receiver Al’Dontre Davis happened. Kirklin torched Destrehan’s almost-all-new secondary, completing 15 of 23 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Both were to Davis, who caught seven passes for 196 yards — one for a 78-yard touchdown, the other for an 81-yard score. The speedster also returned the second-half kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. Backup quarterback Trevor Comardelle also ran for a 3-yard touchdown on his only play of the game.
Destrehan, on the other hand, struggled throughout the night. Starting quarterback Kohen Granier completed only four passes for 36 yards in his half of play. He was intercepted once.
Will Sirmon took over in the second half and fared better, completing 11 of 15 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown. He also led two Destrehan scoring drives. Running back Kristian Mosely led the running game with 72 yards and one touchdown on seven carries. The Wildcats had the ball and were driving in Lutcher territory in the final seconds, but a completed pass inbounds failed to stop the clock.
Still, Lutcher had the Wildcats scrambling most of the night. Destrehan went nowhere on its first two possessions while Lutcher moved the ball seemingly at will. The Bulldogs scored on their second drive and built a 26-7 lead.
But Lutcher added another touchdown with :32 remaining to make it 20-7, Lutcher leading. Then Davis took the second-half kickoff 91 yards for a score to put Lutcher ahead 26-7.
But Destrehan rallied in the second half.
Sirmon led the Wildcats on a 13-play, 59-yard drive capped by a 1-yard quarterback keeper with 9:05 remaining. He later led the team on a six play, 52-yard drive that culminated in an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Addison with 3:24 remaining. And he had the Wildcats on the comeback trail in the game’s final minute, driving from the Destrehan 33 to the Lutcher 30 with 11 seconds remaining. But a completion to Mike Young at the Lutcher 20 with 5 seconds remaining was ruled inbounds and the Wildcats were unable to stop the clock.
“I knew they wouldn’t quit. We came ready to play,” Detillier said. “And maybe, you know, they weren’t as ready. But they got ready. We knew. We knew there would be no quit there. But, man, my guys. They didn’t quit either. This is not supposed to be like this this early. What they ought to do is collect (from) everybody on the way out. Maybe we could split that. That was a hell of an effort by two really good programs.”