DESTREHAN — Destrehan, the No. 2-ranked team in Class 5A, had to fight and claw its way to a 28-14 victory over rival East St. John on Friday night to seal a perfect 10-0 season — its fourth in school history — and claim sole possession of the District 7-5A championship. Destrehan will host a bidistrict round playoff game next week.
East St. John (5-5, 4-3) will be on the road.
Destrehan clinched this one by overcoming an ineffective first half with a nearly flawless second half. Will Matthews and Kirk Merritt each scored a pair of touchdowns and combined for 226 yards rushing — but more than half of that came in the second half. The passing game finished with 136 yards — but 83 of those yards came on one touchdown pass from Kohen Granier to Merritt — also in the second half. Then the defense kicked in, with Kendell Anderson nabbing a pair of second-half interceptions.
JESUIT 34, ST. AUGUSTINE 20: Jesuit, ranked No. 6 in Class 5A, earned a District 9-5A win over St. Augustine at Tad Gormley Stadium.
The Blue Jays (8-2, 4-1) can get a three-way share of the Catholic League title if Brother Martin beats Rummel on Saturday afternoon.
TEURLINGS CATHOLIC 65, NORTHSIDE 35: For a while, it looked like Teurlings’ dream of a perfect District 5-4A record was in trouble.
Trailing by 11 points, the Rebels (8-1, 6-0) — ranked No. 2 in Class 4A — scored three quick touchdowns in the second quarter, including one with 12 seconds remaining in the half to take a 31-21 lead into halftime.
From there, the Rebels exploded for 48 unanswered points.
Teurlings quarterback Cole Kelley, who was coming off his worst performance of the year last week against Westgate, got back on track going 21-of-31 for 312 yards and six touchdowns.
LANDRY-WALKER 40, LAKE AREA 20: On Landry-Walker’s second play from scrimmage, Javon Conner swept left on an 84-yard touchdown run that set the tone for a homecoming victory in the regular-season finale.
Landry-Walker (8-2), the No. 6 team in Class 4A, finished in a three-way tie for first place in District 9-4A after Karr topped Warren Easton 34-33 on Friday night.
Conner’s touchdown was the first of four in the first quarter by Landry-Walker on its way to a 34-0 lead first-half lead against overmatched Lake Area (4-5). The Fighting Leopards, who are a football independent, do not compete for district honors.
FRANKLINTON 46, RIVERDALE 14: Franklinton clinched the outright District 8-4A championship Friday, building a giant first-half lead and cruising past Riverdale.
The Demons (9-1, 5-0), ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, got three first-half touchdown passes from Michael Wilson — two to DeAndre Allen and one to Josh Magee — en route to a 39-0 lead.
ASSUMPTION 42, MORGAN CITY 35: In Morgan City, Jimmie Wise scored three touchdowns to lead Assumption (3-7, 2-2) to the District 7-4A win.
Wise scored on runs of 3, 54 and 50 yards and Melvin Young scored on a 80-yard kickoff return to lead the Mustang offensive assault. Wise finished with 149 yards on eight carries.
Hector Tolento threw 11 and 4-yard scoring passes to Jaylen Jones and Kevon Marsh ran a kickoff back 66 yards and scored on a 7-yard run for Morgan City (2-8, 0-4).
CATHOLIC-NI 42, DELCAMBRE 0: This year’s team at Catholic-New Iberia chalked itself into the school record books Friday night, becoming the first Panthers team since 1969 to finish a regular season undefeated. The victory also gave the Catholic-NI (10-0, 5-0), the No. 2 team in Class 2A, its second straight District 5-2A title.
Great performances from senior quarterback Jason Pellerin and the Catholic defensive unit propelled the Panthers to the victory.
Pellerin, an Ole Miss commitment, collected 107 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
WEST ST. JOHN 42, WHITE CASTLE 6: Bradley Borne ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams rolled to a 42-6 victory over White Castle on Friday night, wrapping up an undefeated run through District 8-1A play.
West St. John (8-2, 5-0), the No. 5-ranked team in Class 1A, also got 93 yards and two touchdowns from Lamore Boudoin, who also caught two passes for 29 yards.
The Bulldogs (7-3, 3-2) took an early 6-0 lead but never scored again, managing just 103 yards from scrimmage. With the win, West St. John nabbed its fourth straight district title. The Rams figure to have a bye in the first round of the 1A playoffs.