No. 2 Destrehan shuts out Spartans, 46-0

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Matt Richard tackles Destrehan’s Corey Videl from behind in the Spartans 46-0 shutout loss Friday night.

DESTREHAN - No. 2 Destrehan returned two interceptions for touchdowns and added another punt return for a score on way to a 46-0 District 5-5A victory over East Ascension Friday night at Fighting Wildcat Stadium.

“That was the University of Louisiana at Destrehan,” East Ascension head coach John Lambert said. “Our defense didn’t see a whole lot of snaps but when they were on the field, they played real good football. We threw two interceptions for touchdowns , they returned a punt and forced a safety. That is 23 points.”

Destrehan, (8-0, 4-0) led on defense by top college prospects, end Darrington Sentimore and linebacker Rufus Porter held East Ascension (2-6, 1-3) to 104 total yards of offense.

“There were times when we had a freshmen blocking Sentimore,” Lambert said. “While that is not the result you want right now, down the road, who is going to block better because of it. Rufus Porter Jr. graduates and our fullback comes back. It is just a situation where we are building a program and learning on the run. I feel for my seniors but they have been great leaders and a lot of them are starting to realize this is their last week.”

Antonio Parker returned Michael Stafford’s 31-yard punt 61 yards to pay dirt on the first change of possession of the game. Matt Richard picked up 11 yards on the ground before Emerson Foster’s 6-yard completion to Marcus Bailey fell short on third down. Ryan Rome’s kick put Destrehan ahead 7-0 with 9:27 left in the first quarter.

Avery Williams picked up 12 yards on his first carry of the night on the ensuing possession but the Spartans were forced to punt. Destrehan drove to the EA 28 on the next series behind Myron Smith’s 23 yard run and Wyndrick Smothers’ 13-yard completion to Marcus Lane but a holding penalty set the Wildcats back who were forced to punt which was downed at the EA 1.

Williams was dropped for a safety by David Lane two plays later to make it 9-0 with 3:20 left in the first half. Corey Vidal returned the ensuing kick 64 yards to the EA 15 and Smothers hit Henry Lenox for a scoring strike a play later. Marshall Charles ran in the conversion to make it 15-0 with 2:51 left in the first quarter.

Parker returned a Foster interception 38 yards to pay dirt two plays into the ensuing possession and Rome’s kick made it 22-0 with 1:37 left in the first quarter.

Wade Julien recovered Vidal’s fumble on the Wildcats next possession at the end of a 20-yard reception from Smothers but the Spartans were forced to punt and Otis Ben blocked Stafford’s kick which was recovered at the EA 36. Lenox’s 21-yard run set up Rome’s 29-yard field goal which gave the Wildcats a 25-0 lead with 6:09 left to play in the half.

Smothers connected with Marcus Lane for a 34-yard score on Destrehan’s next possession and Rome’s kick made it 32-0 with 4:20 left in the half. East Ascension drove to their own 42 on the ensuing possession behind Foster’s 15-yard completion to Dustin Day but Foster was sacked by Mason Jasmon on the final play of the half.

Lenox ran 56-yards up the middle for a touchdown on the opening possession of the second half a play after Smothers’ 15-yard completion to Damarius Johnson. Rome’s kick put Destrehan ahead 39-0 with 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Ben intercepted Foster on the ensuing possession and returned it 26 yards to pay dirt. Rome’s kick reflected the final tally with 9:40 left in the third quarter.

East Ascension didn’t pick up a first down in the second half until Williams’ 21-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Spartans drove to the Destrehan 17 behind Foster’s 16-yard completion to Justin Pelle after Charles sacked him for a 6-yard loss but Foster threw incomplete three consecutive times ending the Spartans’ chances of scoring.

East Ascension host East St. John (3-4, 2-2) Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

“Our seniors are going to play hard because they have a lot of pride and a lot of heart,” Lambert said. “East St. John’s back is up against the wall. They have to win to get in the playoffs. We would be hard pressed. We need a whole lot of things to happen for us but I don’t think three wins will get you in even on the strength of schedule.”

East Ascension’s Marcus Bailey is tackles by Destrehan’s Vaughn Johnson and Brian Filmore as Rufus Porter closes in and Jared Hill and Dustin Day provide blocking on a pass reception in the second quarter Friday night.