Destrehan’s big plays doom Spartans

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Wade Julien tackles Destrehan’s Taylor Dunn in the Wildcats’ 22-10 District 6-5A victory?Friday night.?Dunn threw for three touchdowns and 185 yards for the Wildcats.

DESTREHAN – East Ascension took an early lead but Destrehan overcame three fumbles and a slick playing surface to defeat the Spartans 22-10 on the turf of Fighting Wildcat Stadium Friday night.

The Spartans (4-5, 1-3) took an early 7-0 led but the Wildcats quickly answered turning to its passing game that produced big plays to make the difference in a game played in constant rain.

“We gave them short field all night and didn’t do as good  a job in special teams as we needed,” East Ascension head coach John Lambert said.  “We didn’t move the ball like we needed to do. We didn’t get good push and had too many plays for short gains.

“They used our aggressive nature against us. We were blitzing and they completed screens forcing us to make plays in the open field which we didn’t do.”

Although Destrehan (4-5, 2-2) quarterback Taylor Dunn only completed five passes, three for touchdowns as he threw for 185 yards.

"We had our players in place to make plays, and they came up big," Robicheaux said. "We controlled the line of scrimmage, and that was the difference. Our defense came up big all night long."

Brelen Aikens recovered Henry Lenox’s fumble at the Destrehan 37 on the Wildcats’ opening possession of the contest after an East Ascension punt and Avery Williams capped the ensuing nine play drive with a 1-yard run. Williams’ 3-yard burst converted a third down before Justin Pelle’s 14-yard romp pushed the Spartans into the red zone. Michael Stafford’s kick gave East Ascension a 7-0 lead with 3:19 left in the first quarter.

Destrehan’s answer came on Dunn’s 32-yard completion to Rickey Jefferson to cap the ensuing six play, 65-yard drive. Dunn hit Lenox for 26 yards to push the Wildcats across midfield and Andrew Wyatt’s kick knotted it up 7-7 on the last play of the first quarter.

Irvin Nash recovered Kevin Smith’s fumble on Destrehan’s next series at the EA 47, but the Spartans failed to capitalize and Stafford’s punt was blocked by Warren Lennix. Two plays later, Dunn hit Lenox for a 48-yard touchdown reception but Wyatt’s kick was no good leaving the score 13-7 with 7:16 left in the half.

Wyatt capped the Wildcats’ ensuing 10-play, 28-yard drive with a 22-yard field goal to make it 16-7 with 44 second remaining in the half. Dunn and Smith each converted third downs with short runs to keep the drive alive.

Nash recovered Dunn’s fumble at the EA 36 on Destrehan’s second possession of the second half but the Spartans failed to capitalize  after driving as far as the 25. Dustin Day’s 8-yard reception converted a third down before runs from Pelle` and Williams converted two more on the 13-play drive that resulted in no points.

The Spartan defense held and following a bad snap on a punt, Stafford connected on a 20-yard field goal to cut it to 16-10 with 9:07 left to play.

But Destrehan quickly answered on the ensuing possession when Dunn and Eric Johnson connected on a 71-yard touchdown reception to reflect the final tally 1:07 later.

East Ascension hosts Dutchtown (6-3, 2-2) for a District 6-5A matchup Friday night at Spartan Stadium at 7 p.m., while Destrehan travels to St. Amant (5-4, 0-4) at the Pit.

East Ascension’s Justin?Pelle` rushes against Destrehan in the Wildcats’ 22-10 District 6-5A victory Friday night.