Destrehan will be looking to make its third straight trip to the Top 28 on Thursday.
The No. 6 Wildcats will have to try to do it on the road, which coach Angi Butler said is a good thing.
“For whatever reason, we play better away from home,” said Butler. “I don’t know if it’s because there are not a whole lot of people in the stands they know and try to impress or what. It seems like on the road, we just play ball and go back to what we know.”
Destrehan travels to play No. 3 seed Natchitoches Central in Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. Class 5A quarterfinal.
A victory would send Destrehan to Hammond for the state Top 28 tournament.
Destrehan beat Natchitoches Central in the hall of fame game earlier this season.
“They are a sold team,” Butler said. “You have to be wise with your defensive choices with them because they don’t have one standout player, but they have five solid players. I’m sure their game has changed since then like ours has.”
Destrehan (25-2) has won 13 straight games, all by double digits.
Junior Cara Ursin, named Louisiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a sophomore, led Destrehan with 31 points in Tuesday’s second round victory over Ouachita Parish.
“We’ve been there (Top 28) two years in a row, so we’re hoping to get back,” Butler said.
11 La. players make 247 list
Eleven players from Louisiana, including former U-High linebacker Dylan Moses, are among the players listed in the latest rankings by 247Sports of top football prospects in the Class of 2017.
Brad Stewart, a McDonogh 35 cornerback, is the highest rated New Orleans area player at No. 123. Brother Martin running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling (144) and St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse also made the list.
Here is a list of the Louisiana players who made the list:
2. Dylan Moses, OLB, IMG Academy, 6-2, 220;
13. Devonta Smith, WR, Amite, 6-1, 155;
35. Tyler Shelvin, DT, Northside, 6-2, 330;
76. Chris Allen, OLB Southern Lab, 6-4, 222;
77. Todd Harris, S, Plaquemine, 6-0, 180;
123. Brad Stewart, CB, McDonogh 35, 6-0, 193;
145. Bruce Jordan-Swilling, RB, Brother Martin, 6-0, 215;
225. Adrian Ealy, OT, U-High, 6-7, 280;
227. Bryan Jones, DE, Madison Prep, 6-5, 240;
239. Keldrick Carper, ATH, Plain Dealing, 6-2, 175;
242. Lowell Narcisse, QB, St. James, 6-3, 200
St. Paul’s to honor troops
St. Paul’s school colors are still royal blue and gold.
But the Wolves’ baseball team will wear red season on Fridays this season.
Red is symbolic for the acronym R.E.D., which stands for “Remember Everyone Deployed.”
R.E.D. Friday was created to remind people of the heroes overseas.
“It is to show our support of the sacrifices of our servicemen and servicewomen overseas,” St. Paul’s coach Mick Nunez said.
Coss signs with Meridian CC
Rummel baseball player Connor Cosse signed to play with Meridian (Miss.) CC.
Cosse went 2-0 on the mound with a 4.28 ERA last season for the Raiders.
He had 17 strikeouts in 18 innings.