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Destrehan slams Terrebonne


Terrebonne High running back Justin Theriot (4) attempts to break a tackle from a Destrehan defender during Friday's District 7-5A game in Houma. (Photo by Jim Cenac/Correspondent)


A low snap, a small bobble and a stellar defensive play opened the door for a blowout victory for the Destrehan Wildcats against Terrebonne High on Friday night.

Late in the second quarter, the Tigers were driving and attempting to make a game of it when Terrebonne quarterback Colby Stewart mishandled a low snap and Wildcats outside linebacker Allen Pittman jumped the route and returned the interception deep into Tigers territory.

Destrehan scored on the next play and rolled to a 42-17 District 7-5A victory at Tom B. Smith Stadium.

That score came on a 24-yard touchdown run by Will Mathews that gave the Wildcats (4-0, 1-0 in district) a 35-10 halftime lead and more than enough cushion to cruise to the win.

The interception by Pittman came just after the Tigers began clicking on offense. A score on that drive could have made it a nine-point game with Terrebonne receiving the ball to open the second half. Instead, it put Terrebonne (3-1, 0-1 in district) in a deeper hole.

"We made a big play right there and got it down there and grabbed some momentum with it," Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux said. "That was big."

Terrebonne coach Gary Hill said the interception may have sparked a 14-point swing that went against his team.

"They ended up scoring right after that (interception) to make it 35-10," Hill said. "Colby has a responsibility on that play. The snap was low. He had to take his eyes off it. The guy made a tremendous play. Colby made the tackle, but they scored the next play. You could say it might have been a 14-poit swing, but we fought hard and learned from this game. We can still have a great year."

Destrehan went up 14-0 in a hurry after a 24-yard touchdown run by Mathews (14 carries, 157 yards, four touchdowns) and a 44-yard touchdown strike from Utah commitment Donovan Isom (12-of-22, 186 yards, two touchdowns) to Tramaine Armstrong (four catches, 81 yards). Cameron Walsh (6-for-6 on extra points) made the point after with 7:15 left in the first quarter.

Terrebonne (321 yards, 100 passing, 16 first downs, four penalties for 35 yards) added a 41-yard field goal from Travis Manor to make it 14-3 with 3:51 left in the first quarter before Mathews added a 7-yard score for a 21-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Destrehan score two touchdowns — one from Isom to Alfred Smith from 23 yards away and another on the 24-yard run by Mathews following the Pittman interception.

A 25-yard cut-back run for a score by Stewart (66 yards on 14 carries, 6-of-14, 100 yards passing, INT) was sandwiched in between those scores.

"We had our opportunities to at least make it closer," Hill said. "They are definitely a great football team. They made the plays, and we didn't, and they went up early. We played a lot better on defense in the second half, but we didn't play as well offensively as we did in the first half."

In fact, neither team scored in the third quarter, and they traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats (442 yards, 256 rushing, 16 first downs, eight penalties for 66 yards) added a 7-yard touchdown run by Mathews with 9:10 to go, and Terrebonne scored on a 23-yard run by Blake Verrett with 5:49 to play and Manor (2-for-2 on extra points) made the point after before Destrehan retook possession and ran out the clock.

Verrett's score came after Dylan Castro came up with a fumble recovery for Terrebonne, which also got 100 yards on 17 carries from Justin Theriot and four catches for 51 yards from Phillip Coleman.

"Their offensive line is really good, and Colby Stewart gave us a lot of problems," Robicheaux said. "On the flip side, it wasn't a Destrehan game. We scored 42 points, but we didn't play well. We had a lot of penalties and that was uncharacteristic. We have to get that fixed if we are going to continue to have success this season."