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Destrehan, Bruins provide contrasts in offenses

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / September 16, 1998

DESTREHAN – Friday night’s game between Destrehan and Bonnabel will be a contrast in offenses.

The Wildcats rely on its rushing attack out of the Wing-T led by running backs Traun Smith, Karon Leobaux and Mitchell Jones. Bonnabel, on theother hand, is led by quarterback Brock Singleton.

Both teams had their games canceled this past weekend due to the weather. Destrehan was set to host Douglass while Bonnabel was to playMcDonogh.

Both the Wildcats and Bruins also opened the season with come-from- behind victories. Destrehan, ranked 10th in the state in this week’s poll,defeated Jesuit, 21-17. Wendell Smith connected with Traun Smith for a68-yard touchdown in the final minutes for the winning points. TraunSmith finished the game with 63 yards and a touchdown rushing the ball and also had two catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Singleton threw a touchdown pass and ran for a touchdown in the final minutes to lead the Bruins to a 22-21 victory over Holy Cross. Singletonhad earlier thrown a touchdown pass for the Bruins’ first points. Hefinished the day completing 10 of his 18 passes for 183 yards.

The senior quarterback was one of the top signal callers in the area last season, completing 71-of-133 passes for 1,245 yards and seven touchdowns. He led the Bruins to a 9-4 record in 1997, including a come-from-behind victory against Hahnville in the bi-district playoffs.

The Bruins have an impressive backfield of their own in senior running backs Michael Soniat and Robert Walsh.

The defense is led by its secondary which includes senior Matt Torrance.

Senior tackle Michael Peck leads the line while Daniel Duffina paces the linebacking corps.

Destrehan has dominated the series in recent years, winning three straight, including a 42-14 victory in the 1996 bi-district playoffs. Lastseason, the Wildcats rolled to a 38-0 win at home. Russell Bickham ranfor 104 yards and Traun Smith added 86 yards and two touchdowns.

Wendell Smith passed for 82 yards and a score.

Destrehan opens District 6-5A play next Friday at home against Thibodaux.

Bonnabel enters District 7-5A action against Higgins.

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