Points, points and more points.
That was the story Friday night in the 64th rendition of the Destrehan-Hahnville rivalry at Tiger Stadium.
But unfortunately for home squad Hahnville, it was Destrehan doing most of the scoring in this District 7-5A opener.
The Wildcats offense was unstoppable for essentially the entire game, scoring on seven of its 10 possessions, excluding its final drive of the game. Junior quarterback Kohen Granier was 16-of-24 passing for 294 yards with four touchdowns while his rushing attack rolled up over 200 yards en route to a resounding 48-23 victory.
“We didn’t have a chance to stop them. I don’t think we even knew how to stop them, but it is what it is. They’re the best team in our parish, and that’s how far we’ve got to go,” said Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio motioning to the 25-point deficit on the scoreboard.
The first half featured fireworks from both teams as they combined for 55 points in the first 24 minutes. Destrehan (4-0, 1-0) got things started, racing 93 yards on five plays, highlighted by a 67-yard catch and run by senior receiver John Williams, who finished with six catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior running back Karon Taylor finished the drive with a 2-yard run before both teams were forced to punt on successive possessions but even that fell in Destrehan’s favor.
Looking to haul in the punt around Hahnville’s 20-yard line, Michael Gray mishandled the catch and Destrehan fell on the football at the Tigers’ 11-yard line.
Destrehan struck immediately as Granier found Williams for an 11-yard score and a 14-0 lead with 6:11 to play in the first quarter.
“Going in, we thought we could throw the football,” Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “Kohen was lights out, and (coach Greg) Boyne did a tremendous job getting our offense ready.”
Hahnville (2-2, 0-1) responded on its next possession, however, as senior quarterback Mike Neal connected on three passes of at least 20 yards to Anthony Williams, Dylan Crockett and finally Devonte’ Cravin for a 20-yard score to get within 14-6 with 2:42 left in the opening period.
Destrehan wasted little time getting on the scoreboard again, going 80 yards in 10 plays with Granier completing a 32-yard pass to Mike Young with 11:52 before halftime.
Each of the next four possessions ended in touchdowns as the teams traded scores until halftime.
Destrehan’s marched 80 yards on its final two touchdown drives while Hahnville covered 61 and 75 yards. All told, the first half saw 572 yards of total offense, 361 from Destrehan.
“I couldn’t ask for any more from my team,” Granier said. “We always have an answer for something, and we play when we need to play.”
Destrehan continued its offensive onslaught in the second half putting up two more touchdowns courtesy of running backs Kristian Mosley and Chad Serrano.
Mosley, who rushed 20 times for 89 yards, scored from 1 yard out, and Serrano chewed up all 28 of Destrehan’s yards after the defense forced a turnover on downs with 6:13 left in the game.
Hahnville was held to just three points in the second half on a 39-yard field goal from Matthew Boyer after a promising drive was cut short.
Neal finished 17 of 25 for 201 yards.