Wildcats look to bounce back against Trojans

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 4, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 4, 2000

DESTREHAN – With Destrehan leading East St. John 14-0 late in the firstquarter and the offense clicking, it appeared the Wildcats were on their way to their fifth straight victory to open the season.

But a turnover on the next possession changed the momentum of the game.

Destrehan, which had gained 133 yards on its first three possessions, was held 69 yards over the final three quarters as East St. John rallied for a 17-14 victory.

The loss dropped Destrehan to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in District 7-5A play.

The Wildcats will be trying to get the offense back on track this Friday when they travel to Central Lafourche. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.Randy Roth, the leading passer in the River Parishes, threw touchdown passes for 15 yards to Craig Eugene and 80 yards to Fred Smith to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead. Roth finished the game with 12 completions in 33attempts for 175 yards, going over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Henow has 1,036 yards and 11 touchdowns on 71 completions in 124 attempts.

Fred Smith, who caught six passes for 150 yards, now has 20 catches for 490 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.

The Destrehan defense allowed 357 yards but kept the team in the game in the second half. The Wildcats allowed East St. John just 107 yards in the halfand stopped the Wildcats three times inside the 20-yard line, including once on the 4. That defense has allowed just 40 points through the first fivegames.

Destrehan will be facing a Central Lafourche team coming off a 26-11 loss to Hahnville at home. The loss dropped the Trojans to 0-2 in district play and 2-3 overall.

Central Lafourche was held to 189 yards in offense in the game and commited two turnovers. The Trojans’ points came courtesy of a 30-yardfield goal by Nick Guidroz and a 14-yard touchdown pass from Nick Guidroz to Shane Eschete. The defense allowed 332 yards, 262 on the ground.Central Lafourche has more team speed than the Trojans squad of 1999, particularly on offense. Vedros moves into the starting roll at quarterbackwith Andy Griffin moving from quarterback to wide receiver.

Dorion Scott and Al Brown will be in the backfield. Leading the blocking isfullbacks Scott Belanger and Eschete. Brian Vedros is the tight end withJonathan Boudreaux joining Griffin out wide. The line consists of Jeff Bacon,Lamar Waguespack, Beau Matherne, Jacob Roby and Lee Foret.

Central Lafourche is playing a 5-3 on defense in 2000. Foret will be at nosetackle and will be joined on the line by Terrance Ford, Jacob Chase, Ernie Orgeron, Dayshawn Green and David Skeans. The linebackers will be Porche,Bellanger and Eschete. Russell Adams, Scott and Brown will head up thesecondary.

Last year, the Destrehan defense and special teams led the Wildcats to a 26-6 victory at home over Central Lafourche. The Wildcats held the Trojansto 207 yards and forced two turnovers. The special teams blocked a puntand tipped two others.

Destrehan returns home next week to play South Terrebonne.

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