Destrehan dominates Dutchtown to clinch District 6-5A crown

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Eddie Lacy attempts to elude Destrehan’s Devon Walker on an 11-yard gain in the second quarter of the Wildcats’ District 6-5A championship clinching victory Friday night. It was Lacy’s longest run of the night as the Wildcats held him to 80 yards on 17 carries.

DESTREHAN - Destrehan dominated Dutchtown from the onset roaring to a 42 straight points on way to a 42-7 District 6-5A victory Friday night to sew up the league title at Fighting Wildcat Stadium.

“I didn’t think it would be like this,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said. “We started bad and we just couldn’t dig our way out it. You can’t let them get momentum on their side. We didn’t start fast and you let a team like that get rolling and it is hard to stop them.”

“We played a really good football team and we didn’t play very well. We started bad and it just snowballed. You can’t play like that against that type of team. They haven’t won 24 straight games by accident. They have a good team. We have to regroup and get ready for next week.”

Despite the loss Dutchtown (7-2, 3-2) enters the Class 5A playoffs as the 13th seed and will host another district opponent in 20th seed Hahnville (6-3, 3-2), a 49-48 double overtime winner in the teams regular season meeting, Friday night at Griffin Field. Destrehan (9-0, 5-0) enters the playoffs as the No. 2 seed and will host No. 31 Jesuit.

“There is nothing I can tell you to take away the pain expect this in not our last game,” Saia told his team. “We have to get back to work.”

Defending state champion Destrehan limited Dutchtown to 214 yards of total offense on way to its 24th straight victory.

“There is no way I expected this with what their offense has done in the past,” Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux said. “Our guys played the most physical game we have played in a long time.

“We knew we had a good nucleus coming back.  We knew we had talented athletes coming back and we play hard. We are just fortunate. The defensive line is the best we have ever had here. Those guys are playing tough and can’t be blocked and as long as they continue to play that way, it gives us a chance.”

Dutchtown’s misfortunes began on the first play from scrimmage when an exchange from quarterback Wesley Perkins to Kelvin York fell to the turf and Tarquin Kenner recovered the fumble at the Griffin 12. Three plays later, Destrehan quarterback Wynrick Smothers kept from 2 yards into the end zone and the Wildcats took a 7-0 lead with 10:19 left in the first quarter after Ryan Rome’s kick.

Dutchtown drove to midfield on the ensuing possession behind two 9-yard runs from Eddie Lacy and a 10-yard run by York but the Griffins were forced to punt and Smothers capped the Wildcats’ 4-play, 43-yard drive with 6-yard scamper to pay dirt after a bad snap forced  short punt. Smothers hit Corey Vidal for a 24-yard completion to kick start the drive before Henry Lenox picked up 15 yards on the ground. Rome’s kick put Destrehan ahead 14-0 with 4:36 left in the first quarter.

Calvin Ursin dropped Effrem Reed for a loss on the next series forcing the Griffins to punt but Destrehan went backwards on the ensuing possession as penalties forced them into a second-and-51.

Lacy had his longest run of the night for 11-yards on the next series but Darrington Sentimore dropped York for no gain on third down and the Griffins were forced to punt. Smothers connected with Vidal, who juked two defenders to the end zone, short over the middle on a 36-yard scoring strike three plays later and Rome’s kick made it 21-0 with 7:56 left in the first half.

Warren Lennix sacked Perkins for a 6-yard loss, a play after Rufus Porter hit York for a loss, to end the Griffin’s next possession and Smothers’ spiral deep down the right sideline connected with Brandon Armstrong for a 40-yard touchdown a play after hitting Lenox for 13 yards. Rome’s kick gave the Wildcats a 28-0 lead with 4:11 left in the first half.

Perkins hit Cody Vicknair for a 7-yard reception to start the ensuing possession before Lacy’s 9-yard run to the Griffin 44 but Trevone  Parquet would dropped him for a 2-yard loss before Brennon Nora dropped him for another just before halftime.

“It is one of the best defenses I have played against,” Saia said. “I knew that coming in. That front is unbelievable and made it really hard to get any kind of consistency on offense.”

Lenox capped Destrehan’s 11-play, 70-yard drive to open the second half by slipping tackles through the middle of the Griffins’ defense on way to a 12-yard jaunt. Lenox carried four times for 42 yards on the drive and Marshall Charles added three carries for 18 yards. Rome’s kick put Destrehan ahead 35-0 with 5:40 left in the third quarter.

Destrehan forced Dutchtown into a three-and-out and two plays later Lenox flew down the right sideline on a misdirection run for a 58-yard touchdown. Rome’s kick made it 42-0 with 3:40 left in the third quarter.

Grant Medine recovered Smothers’ fumbled snap on the Wildcats’ next series after another Dutchtown three-and-out and York rumbled 17 yards to cross midfield for the first time on the Griffins’ longest run of the night but Antonio Parker flipped him short on fourth-and-four at the Destrehan 14.

Eric Reid returned Rome’s punt 27 yards to the Wildcat 26 and Lacy capped the Dutchtown’s next series with a 7-yard run to the left pylon after being stopped in the backfield for the Griffins lone score. Grant Auzene’s kick reflected the final tally with 3:37 left to play.

Kendryck Johnson sacked Taylor Dunn of a 4-yard loss on the ensuing possession and Leon Blouin hit Cody Vicknair for a 38-yard completion on the final play after Marcus Godfrey’ 15-yard run.

Smothers completed eight of 11 attempts for 141 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 26 yards on eight carries. Lenox led the ground attack with 128 yards on 10 attempts, while Vidal hauled in two passes for 60 yards.

Lacy led the Griffins with 80 yards on 17 carries and York added 52 yards on 15 attempts.

Dutchtown’s Eric Reid wraps up Destrehan’s Marshall Charles in the fourth quarter Friday night as Jared Braud closes in.