DESTREHAN — St. Charles Parish football fans were lined up well before 5 p.m. to secure a seat for Friday night’s showdown between rivals Hahnville and Destrehan. By 6 p.m. the stands were overflowing with folks waiting for the 7 p.m. kickoff.

But it wasn’t until after halftime that this one was decided.

A strong second half helped the Wildcats pull away to a 24-6 victory in the 63rd meeting of these intra-parish, cross-river rivals. It was the second consecutive win for Destrehan, which now leads the series 36-24-3.

But more importantly, it put Destrehan in the District 7-5A race at 5-0, 2-0. Hahnville fell to 3-2, 0-2.

“We’ve played five, we’ve won five and we have five to go,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux told his team after the game.

The Wildcats rushed for 340 yards and passed for 33.

Kirk Merritt, last year’s leading receiver, rushed for 187 yards on five carries. That included a 56 yard touchdown run and a 92-yard touchdown run.

Will Matthews, who was the team’s spotlight runner last season, finished with 110 yards on 24 carries.

RUMMEL 37, DUTCHTOWN 6: Rummel (5-0) ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, used the strong play of its offensive and defensive lines to make a solid statement that included a balanced offense and a defensive touchdown.

Maurice Bailey led the way with 141 yards on 18 carries. Chase Fourcade completed 11 of 17 passes for 160 yards and a score in the Raiders’ second straight game against a Baton Rouge-area team.

Dutchtown (2-3) did manage 253 yards of offense but had three key chances to score stopped cold by the Rummel defense.

CATHOLIC-BR 42, SALMEN: Rebounding from its first loss of the season a week ago to top-ranked Archbishop Rummel, Catholic High of Baton Rouge was too much for Salmen on Friday night in Slidell.

After stopping Salmen’s 34-yard field goal attempt on its opening possession, Catholic High (4-1) got on the scoreboard two plays later when Derrius Guice scored on a 69-yard touchdown run.

The senior LSU commitment finished with 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns on seven carries.

Next up for Catholic is the District 5-5A opener against St. Amant.

JOHN EHRET 19, ST. AMANT 17: John Ehret kicker Dustin Bodden had already missed an extra point late in Friday night’s game that appeared to seal the Patriots’ fate of a second consecutive loss at the hands of St Amant.

But fortunately for Bodden, there was still time left on the clock.

John Ehret coach Corey Lambert told Dodden at the beginning of the final drive that he better be prepared to take the final kick, because he was going to go for it no matter what. A few plays later, the Patriots were celebrating a win against St. Amant as Bodden’s 23-yard attempt sailed through.

HANNAN 17, POPE JOHN PAUL II 14 (OT): Hunter Sellen kicked the game-winning 23-yard field goal after Hannan’s defense stopped Pope John Paul on fourth-and-goal in overtime. Jonathan Ryan threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Hollander; caught a 14-yard TD pass; and also ran for a 22-yard touchdown. Chance Caire had rushing touchdowns of 70 and 4 yards for Pope John Paul.