It’s hard to say which shined brighter Friday night: Destrehan’s offense, Destrehan’s defense, the newly crowned homecoming queen or her very proud dad.
All looked to be pretty perfect in the Wildcats’ 55-0 rout of South Lafourche.
The No. 2-ranked Wildcats (8-0, 5-0) used a balanced offensive attack to roll up 493 yards — 228 rushing and 265 passing. Using 14 different ball-handlers, including three different quarterbacks, the Wildcats scored on all but one possession with nine different players scoring points.
Starting quarterback Marquis Darensbourg had one of his best games of the season, completing 9 of 13 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 87 yards and two scores. Backup quarterback Kohen Granier was 7-of-7 for 81 yards and two TDs and ran for another.
Running back Will Matthews rushed for 80 yards and one touchdown. Receivers Alfred Smith, Jon Barrow, John Williams and Tremaine Armstrong all caught touchdown passes. Place-kickers Randy Harvey and Hunter Breit added seven of eight extra points.
The defense, meanwhile, held the Tarpons (3-5, 3-2) to 97 total yards and three first downs. Most of those yards came on a 62-yard run by Sean Bouzigard with 1:59 remaining in the game. The Tarpons didn’t get a first down until 7:05 remained in the third quarter when Destrehan jumped offsides on fourth-and-1 at the Tarpons’ 29. Their second came with 2:03 remaining in the third on a 4-yard gain by quarterback Harvey Allen. The third came on Bouzigard’s run. The Wildcats also nabbed an interception.
“I guess if you’re looking for a negative, that might be the only thing — missing that (PAT),” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “I haven’t seen the offense play like that. I mean, we punted once. And there was total domination on defense. They had one first down against our one defense. That’s just an incredible performance by those guys. Their quarterback scared us. He’s got over 700 yards rushing. We thought he was going to give us some trouble. But, I’ll tell you what, our defensive front played tremendous.”
“It was a good game,” Darensbourg said. “I really appreciate coach calling the plays that he did. We just came out and took care of business.”
The Wildcats did that early, building up a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, then scoring 27 points in the second quarter.
After South Lafourche went nowhere on the game’s opening series, Destrehan started at its own 39-yard line with 9:48 to play. Three plays and 33 seconds later, Darensbourg took a quarterback keeper to the left and found an alley to run untouched for a 40-yard touchdown.
On their second possession, the Wildcats needed eight plays to drive from their own 48-yard line. On second-and-5 at the Tarpons’ 15, Darensbourg connected with Alfred Smith in the back corner of the end zone for the touchdown.
Destrehan turned things up in the second quarter, even with some of the backups. On the first play of the quarter, Matthews scored from the 21 to cap an 80-yard drive directed by Darensbourg. The missed PAT left the Wildcats with a 20-0 lead with 11:56 to play in the half.
Granier led the next two scoring drives. The first began at the Destrehan 48-yard line and ended with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Barrow to give Destrehan a 27-0 lead with 8:27 remaining in the half. The next drive began at the Tarpons’ 43 and ended with a 7-yard touchdown from Granier to Williams. That gave Destrehan a 34-0 lead with 5:03 remaining.
Darensbourg returned for the next drive, which covered 55 yards in five plays, capped by his own 23-yard run with 36 seconds remaining in the half to give the Wildcats a 41-0 halftime lead.