Wildcats thump rival Hahnville

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 30, 1999

LEONARD GRAY / L’Observateur / October 30, 1999

DESTREHAN – The Fighting Wildcats of Destrehan thumped cross-parish rival Hahnville 38-6, solidifying sole possession of their fourth consecutive district title.

Along the way, Fred Smith snared a 76-yard TD pass for one Wildcat score, and the Tigers lost one fumble and one interception.

DHS quarterback Ivan Mashia passed for two touchdowns and completed seven of 16 passes for 191 yards. Mashia also led the team in rushing withfour carries for 39 yards, his long carry for 29 yards.

Hahnville’s first possession after the opening kickoff managed only four yards advancing before a fumble handed the ball to Kendall Williams, who recovered for the Wildcats at the Tiger 35-yard line.

Four plays later, with 7:14 on the clock, Jonathan Scifres nailed a 41-yard field goal to edge Destrehan onto the board with a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers’ next possession looked snakebit, with penalties and sacks negating their efforts at nearly every turn and the Tigers losing ground from their 26 to their 10-yard line before a punt ending the “drive” put the ball back near midfield.

After an exchange of punts, the Wildcats were again threatening from the Tiger 29-yard line. Mashia rolled right and plunged in for the firsttouchdown with 9:47 remaining in the second quarter. Scifres’s PAT wasgood for the 10-0 lead.

Hahnville accepted the kickoff at midfield, but only lost a couple of yards before punting to the Destrehan 24-yard line. From there, Mashia unloadedon Smith for that 76-yard TD strike.

Again, Scifres nailed the point-after, and with 8:02 left in the half Destrehan led 17-0.

That was all the scoring of the first half, the remainder of which was highlighted by several sacks of HHS quarterback Dawan Landry.

Finally, with 17 seconds left in the half, an endzone interception by Destrehan’s Danny Krieger blew the heart out of the visiting team.

The third quarter opened well for the Wildcats, who accepted the kickoff and blew downfield to the Hahnville 3-yard line, helped along by the running skills of Deron Love.

At that point, a quick pass to Lucky Givens posted Destrehan’s third TD of the evening. Backed by Scifres’s kick, the score stood at 24-0.Hahnville’s next drive took the Tigers from their own 37 to DHS’s 42 where, inches short of a first down, possession was returned to the Wildcats.

That drive took Destrehan to the HHS 10-yard line, where Dechad Ward went left on one play, right on the second, then Richard Jones went up the middle to the 1-yard line.

On the next play, Jones plunged in for the score, with 2:39 remaining in the game. Scifres nailed the PAT, and the Wildcats sat on a 31-0 lead.The next score was almost an effortless one. Destrehan’s kickoff went tothe Tiger endzone and the ball was posted at the Tiger 20-yard line. SkylarBoyle carried for four yards.

Then Donnie Hollis intercepted an option pass and rumbled in for the score with 1:52 remaining in the third quarter.

Again, the PAT kick was good, and Destrehan sat happy with a 38-0 lead.

Most of the fourth quarter was back and forth, the backup squads for both teams getting playing time when only five minutes remained to the game.

Finally, Hahnville took over possession as the Wildcats ran out of down at their own 38-yard line. John Sam picked up four yards, Chuck Taylorpicked up 10 more on two carries, Lionel Evans carried for three and Nick Cannon went in for the only HHS touchdown with 38 seconds remaining in the game. A two-point conversion run failed, and Destrehan retired with a38-6 victory.

The game stats were likewise overwhelming. DHS led on first downs, 14-9, passing yardage of 191-81 and rushing yardage of 122-91. Hahnville ledon yards lost to penalties, 95-42.

Dawan Landry ended up with eight completions of 18 attempts and one interception for 81 yards.

Next week, Hahnville hosts Thibodaux in district play while Destrehan ends the regular season in a non-district matchup at Hammond.

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