Wildcats find room to run against Rams

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 30, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / August 30, 1999

DESTREHAN – Destrehan jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead behind three touchdowns by Deron Love and a 69-yard interception return by Damien Richard on its way to a 28-6 victory over West St. John in the secondgame of the Roussel’s Goodyear River Parishes Jamboree Thursday night.

Love finished with 155 yard on 16 carries in the game. Carl Gauthier ledthe Rams with 136 yards passing on 10 completions in 25 attempts. Hewas also intercepted twice. Amone Lumar led the Rams’ rushing game with37 yards on 7 carries.

“I saw some really good things,” Destrehan coach Scott Martin said. “Wehad some new guys put in another gear. Deron had a great game. He carriedthe ball well, held onto it and ran inside very well.”Both teams turned the ball over the first time they had the ball. On theopening kickoff, Donovan Pierre returned the ball 20 yards before fumbling at the 32 with Destrehan recovering. After an incompletion, Love took adraw up the middle for 18 yards to the Rams 14. But on the next play,Richard Jones fumbled the pitch on the option with Pierre recovering for the Rams at the 22-yard line.

Destrehan took over its next possession at midfield. After a 1-yard run,Ivan Mashia found Dechad Ward in the right flat for a 21-yard gain to the 28. On fourth-and-10, Mashia kept the drive going by finding Love on ascreen for a 11-yard pick up. On the next play, Love took a draw inside andbroke it up the middle from 17 yards out for the score. Jonathan Scifresmade the extra point to make it 7-0 with 11:50 remaining.

West St. John moved the ball on its next possession. On second-and-10,Carl Gauthier found Marlon Jackson over the middle for 13 yards. After a15-yard run by Amone Lumar, Gauthier hit Donriel Louis for 8 yards to the Destrehan 36.

On second-and-10 from the 35, Richard stepped in front of Gauthier’s pass at the 31, went down the right sidelines and cut in for the score. Scrifres’extra point made it 14-0 at the 9:30 mark.

West St. John advanced to the Destrehan 39-yard line on its nextpossession behind a 26-yard pass from Gauthier to Lumar. The drive endedas Gauthier threw incomplete on fourth-and-8.

On Destrehan’s second play, Love took the handoff and raced 52 yards to the Rams’ 9-yard line. Two plays later, Love took another draw and cut infor the score. Scrifres again added the extra point for a 21-0 lead with6:27 left.

The Rams again moved deep into Destrehan territory as Gauthier found Lumar on the left sidelines for 23 yards. But on fourth-and-10 at theDestrehan 29, David Hutchinson intercepted a Gauthier pass and returned it to the Rams’ 45. On the next play, Mashia found Lucky Givens over themiddle for a 42-yard gain. Love bulled it in for his third score of the game,building the lead to 28-0 with 11 seconds left in the first half.

West St. John got on the board midway through the second half afterAmone Lumar recovered a Love fumble at the Rams’ 22. After an 8-yardpass to Jackson, Amone Lumar went up the middle for 16 yards. BrianLumar followed with a leaping catch for a 29-yard gain to the Destrehan 15. Clarence Isaac swept right to the 1 and then bulled in from there twoplays later. Brian Lumar’s kick was blocked, leaving the score 28-6 with5:23 left.

“We got a lot of good yards but we couldn’t get into the end zone and the name of the game is get it into the end zone,” West St. John coach LauryDupont said.

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