For many years, the football teams from Covington and Destrehan have battled some of the state’s best programs on the field.
On Thursday, during a spring football game against one another, the stalwarts got a glimpse of what each will bring to the field in 2015.
It was a battle, even by spring standards, as Destrehan returned much of its defense from last year’s Class 5A state runner-up team. Covington, which lost in the regionals last year, is only a year removed from reaching the 5A semifinals and returns more than a dozen players from last year’s team.
But on Thursday, in a nonscored meeting, Covington held the upper hand. The game was played at Jack Salter Stadium in Covington.
Each squad’s first team played 10 plays, three times, then each second team did the same. The squads followed with a 15-minute quarter in “real time.”
With the first team in the game, Covington outscored Destrehan 28-7. And by in large, that was the measure of Thursday’s practice game. The Lions passing attack looked strong and exploited the edges of the Wildcats defense. In the 15-minute quarter, Destrehan scored twice with a balanced rushing attack.
Destrehan moved about 60 yards on the game’s first drive but stalled deep in Covington territory. The Lions answered on the next possession when senior Marquell Hollins ran around the left side on a keeper for about 50 yards. He then threw a pass to Alonjai Earlycutt in the left corner of the end zone for the score. Devin Jenkins kicked the PAT.
Covington continued its offensive prowess during its next possession when Hollins ran for a short touchdown. Jenkins kicked another PAT. Hollins threw to Earlycutt, a junior, for a 60-yard pass, and then Hollins capped it with a 1-yard score later in the game. On the same possession, Hollins handed to Devin Brumfield for a short touchdown run.
Destrehan scored late in the controlled first-team scrimmage when Keron Taylor ran over tackle for a TD.
“Our kids are playing with a lot of confidence, even in practice,” Covington coach Greg Salter said. “We return 13 or 14 guys who started last year, and they gained a lot of experience then. They are going to be the heart of our team now.”
In the timed quarter, Taylor scored on a 1-yard run for Destrehan. He added a 2-point conversion, and the Wildcats tallied again with 4:22 remaining when he caught a short pass from Covington reserve quarterback Chad Serrano.
Joshua Alfaro passed for a short score to KeJohn Batiste with less than 90 seconds remaining.
“The one thing I love about coming up here to play Greg’s team is that they’re going to be tough,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “His team played tough tonight. They hit us on some big plays, and we’ve got to get better in some spots. We know that. But we handled the pressure and responded in the last quarter. We’re going to be OK.”