Destrehan scored once on offense, once on defense and once on special teams to hold off Lutcher 21-13 in Friday’s late game of the Ed Reed River Parishes Jamboree.
Austin Dickerson intercepted a Lutcher pass for a 27-yard touchdown with 12:03 to play in the first half.
With 4:37 remaining, John Williams returned a Lutcher punt 42 yards for another score to give Destrehan a 14-0 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs opened the second half with their first solid drive, capped by a 26-yard touchdown pass from Jontre Kirklin to Al’Dontre Davis with 11:46 remaining in the game. The Wildcats answered with a 15-yard touchdown run by Kirk Merritt with 8:51 remaining.
With the Bulldogs backed up to their own 2-yard line, Kirklin dumped a short screen to Davis, who ran 98 yards for a touchdown with 4:51 remaining in the game. The Bulldogs failed to execute a 2-point try.
“I don’t want to say I’m pleased ... we made way too many mistakes,” Lutcher coach Tim Detillier said. “I do think (Destrehan is) one of the most talented teams in Louisiana. We were very concerned coming in that we would get blown out. But I thought my team hung in there.”
Destrehan also had two touchdowns nullified by penalties in a series that saw the Wildcats go from second-and-goal at the 3 to fourth-and-goal at the 35. A 52-yard field goal attempt failed.
“Too many mistakes,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “Too many mistakes, too many penalties. I thought we lost our composure a little bit at the end. We had touchdowns called back. We had big momentum plays called back. To be a good football team, that can’t happen.”