In last week’s jamboree against Lutcher, Destrehan scored once on defense, once on special teams and just once with a struggling offense.
In Friday night’s season opener against West Jefferson, the Wildcats pretty much did it all on offense. And there was no sign of struggle.
Destrehan’s offense scored six touchdowns on the way to a 47-7 rout of the visiting Buccaneers. A 23-yard field goal and six extra points by Randy Harvey, along with a safety, accounted for the rest of the Wildcats’ points.
And in quite a turn from previous seasons, these Wildcats did it mostly with the running game. Destrehan used nine different ball carriers to rush for 336 yards. Will Matthews led the onslaught with 160 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries. First-year starting quarterback Marquise Darensbourg passed for 58 yards and two touchdowns. He threw one to John Williams for 17 yards and another to Kirk Merritt for 6.
The rout continued into the fourth quarter as the substitutes took over. Sophomore Kristian Mosley ran for a 22-yard touchdown to cap the scoring with 2:24 left in the third. Backup quarterback Kohen Granier led the final scoring drive and ran for 77 yards on four carries, including a 45-yard scamper.
The Wildcats corrected many of the mistakes they made last week, finishing with only four penalties for 38 yards.
Except for one big play in the third quarter, West Jefferson could not muster much. Running back Jamal Houston rushed for 115 yards on 10 carries. Backup quarterback Jason Thomas finished with 60 yards on five carries. Bruce Houston was the only other Buccaneer to finish with positive yardage.
Starting quarterback Coley Ransaw completed 12 of 24 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown — an 81-yard strike to Bruce Houston with 10:30 left in the third.
Destrehan started quickly. Merritt returned the opening kickoff to the West Jefferson 49. The Wildcats needed six plays to get to the Buccaneers 6, where the drive stalled. But Harvey kicked a 23-yard field goal to start the scoring.
West Jefferson put together a drive on its first possession but stalled at the Wildcats 24 and a 41-yard field goal attempt failed.
Matthews ran for the next three Destrehan touchdowns, scoring on runs of 20, 9 and 55 yards. The third came with 3:46 remaining in the first half to give the Wildcats a 24-0 halftime lead.
Destrehan added to its lead quickly in the third quarter following a West Jefferson fumble that was recovered by Peyton Steib at the Buccaneers 17. Three plays later, Darensbourg threw a 17-yard touchdown to John Williams less than 30 seconds into the half.
Then West Jefferson caught the Wildcats napping. Backed up to his own 16-yard line, Ransaw threw a short route to Kevin Crayton for 3 yards, then threw deep to Bruce Houston, who broke past the Destrehan secondary for an 81-yard touchdown.
The Wildcats got an extra 2 points when Ransaw was called for intentional grounding in the end zone.