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Defense continues to shine for Wildcats

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 12, 1998

MATHEWS – The Destrehan defense, coming off its first shutout over rival Hahnville since 1992, led the Wildcats again Friday night to a 15-3 victory at Central Lafourche.

Destrehan improved to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 in District 6-5A action while Central Lafourche fell to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in district play. KaronLeobaux had his third-straight solid game, leading the Wildcats with 134 yards on 19 attempts. Traun Smith added 100 yards on 14 carries as theWildcats rushed for 308 yards.

After a scoreless first quarter, Leobaux got the Wildcats on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a 46-yard touchdown run. RickyRodriguez added the extra point, giving the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 3:30 left in the first half.

Central Lafourche cut into the deficit in the third quarter as Aaron Foray hit a 27-yard field goal with 5:37 remaining in the quarter.

But the Wildcats defense then stepped up. First, Marcus Bates tackledWilson Bower in the end zone for a safety, increasing the Wildcats’ lead to 9-3 with 1:26 in the quarter.

Then with four seconds left in the third, Lance Carter picked up a fumble and returned it 6 yards for the score. The two-point conversion attemptfailed, but the Wildcats had a 15-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Both teams would be held scoreless in the final 12 minutes.

Destrehan’s defense would hold the Trojans to 184 total yards, 119 of which came through the air. Darius Griffith led the ground attack with 38yards on 11 carries.

Destrehan travels to East St. John next Friday in a game that could go along way to deciding the district championship. Central Lafourche willlook to stay in the hunt as it hosts Hahnville.

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