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.
ST. THOMAS MORE 41, CECILIA 12: St. Thomas More quarterback Will Bellamy saw open spaces in the Cecilia secondary Friday night, and he didn’t hesitate to unleash the fury of the Cougars’ passing game.
Bellamy completed 13 of 22 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars opened the District 5-4A portion of their schedule with an easy victory over Cecilia.
St. Thomas More, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, struck quickly, scoring three touchdowns and a safety during the first seven minutes as the Cougars improved to 5-0.
Bellamy, a junior, completed two of his touchdown passes to running back Trevor Begue.
CARENCRO 24, COMEAUX 21, OT: Devin Senegal said the mood on the Carencro sideline was shock after Comeaux had rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime.
Fortunately for the Golden Bears, Jake Guidry quelled any more shock, hitting a 23-yard field goal in the second overtime to give Carencro a pulsating win in their District 3-5A rivalry Friday night.
Carencro (4-1, 2-0) was breezing along with a 14-0 lead before Comeaux (2-3, 0-2) drove 99 yards on a seven-minute drive that made it a one-score game, and Spartans quarterback Tanarious Achan sprinted in on a 4-yard bootleg with 2:05 left and ran the same play for a two-point conversion that made it 14-14 and set up overtime.
SHAW 48, E.D. WHITE 20: In Thibodaux, Shaw’s running game was too much for E.D. White to handle as the Eagles cruised to a nondistrict victory.
Led by running back Trey Ragas’ 234 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, the Eagles pounded the Cardinals’ defense with 491 yards from scrimmage — including 340 on the ground.
Ragas and Shaw quarterback Matt Keller (15 rushes, 102 yards and two touchdowns) gave E.D. White problems from the start as the Eagles scored on six of its 10 possessions.
BROTHER MARTIN 40, VANDEBILT 0: The Crusaders, ranked No. 10 in the Class 5A poll, dominated the Terriers in an easy victory at Buddy Marcello Stadium.
Brother Martin (5-0) attacked on the ground, racking up 339 rushing yards — with most of those yards gained by Jared West, who had 146 yards and two touchdowns on 13 attempts, and Bruce Jordan-Swilling, who added 124 yards and two TDs on just seven carries.
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.
FRANKLINTON 39, AMITE 13: Azende Magee ran for 197 yards as Franklinton pulled away for a nondistrict win.
The Demons (4-1) built a 19-7 halftime lead against the Warriors (3-2), whose only first-half touchdown came on a 100-yard interception just before the break.