Bradley Quinn kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8 seconds left, giving host Destrehan a 31-28 victory over archrival Hahnville on Friday night in the District 7-5A opener for both teams.
The victory kept the Wildcats (4-0, 1-0) unbeaten and capped a wild affair in which they lost the lead twice. It marked the fifth consecutive victory for Destrehan in the series.
The Wildcats drove from their 28 to the Tigers' 9 behind sophomore quarterback J.R. Blood in the final 1 minute, 49 seconds. Blood replaced starter Kohen Granier, who injured his left knee just before halftime.
“We had some big plays on the drive,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robichaux said. “(Blood) is going to be a very good quarterback for us one day. And for our first-year kicker to come through for us was big.”
Hahnville (2-2, 0-1) had blocked the previous attempt by Quinn, a 22-yard attempt with 3:41 remaining. After the return, the Tigers had the ball at their 45, but three plays netted 6 yards in losses. The first play was running back Anthony Williams running the ball from the Wildcat formation.
“I thought that after the blocked punt, we got too fancy,” Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio said. “They are an established program, and we're trying to get there.”
Hahnville had battled back with two third-quarter touchdowns to tie the score at 14. Devonte Clark capped the first possession of the second half with a 17-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Austin Perrin scored on a 9-yard run on the Tigers' next possession.
The Wildcats led 14-0 at halftime on the strength of its defense, penalties that caused Hahnville's offense to sputter and the play of quarterback Kohen Granier and receiver Justin Jefferson, who caught six passes for 132 yards and a touchdown.
On the game's opening drive, the duo combined for consecutive pass plays of 24 yards to the Hahnville 11. Two plays later, Granier passed to Chancey Cothren for a touchdown at the 9:07 mark.
After Destrehan sophomore safety Champ Craven intercepted a pass at the Hahnville 34, Granier threw a 24-yard scoring pass to Jefferson, who was 5 yards behind the defense after an out-and-up move.
Granier completed 13 of 22 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns before being injured with 1:27 left in the first half. Hahnville's Elgin Collins intercepted a pass by Granier, who was hit hard.
Williams, Hahnville's leading rusher, left the game with a shin injury during the first drive when hit hard while carrying the ball. He missed the rest of the half.
In the first half, Destrehan held the Tigers to 31 rushing yards and 44 passing yards. Perrin was 6-of-14 with one interception.