Destrehan falls to Karr, Legaux 38-24

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 22, 2009



After 30 straight victories and back-to-back state championships, the Wildcats are left looking to reverse a trend going in the opposite direction.

Karr quarterback Munchie Legaux threw four touchdowns and ran for another on Friday night as his Cougars sent Destrehan to its second straight loss, 38-24, at Wildcat Stadium.

“Our biggest problem is that we’re playing some real good football teams right now,” said Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux. “For us, we’ve got a lot of inexperience – on the lines, at quarterback, at linebacker. It’s going to take time. But the hope is you continue to improve every week, and by playoff time you’re ready to make a run.”

Legaux completed 14-of-26 pass attempts for 208 yards.

“The way he throws the ball, you know he’s a definite D-I guy,” said Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux.

“He’s looking at Oregon, Michigan…he’s the best pure passer we’ve faced in a long time.”

The most glaring part of Karr’s night on offense, though, might be the way in which the touchdowns were scored. Each of Legaux’s four touchdown passes came on a fourth down play.

“Our defense played well on first, second, and third down. But hats off to them – on fourth down, they made the big plays,” said Robicheaux. “Defensively, we’ve got to do a better job of getting off the field.”

After a field goal by Destrehan’s Daniel Cimeno, the Wildcats (1-2) trailed 12-10 in the third quarter before Karr (3-0) strung together 20 unanswered points to take control of the night.

First, Legaux found Kenneth Gausman for a 5-yard score to make it 18-10.

A 10-yard touchdown run and two point passing play by Legaux made it 26-10.

His final touchdown pass made it 32-10, putting Destrehan in too deep a hole to climb out of.

“We’ve got to learn how to finish games, and not make so many mistakes,” said Robicheaux.

Destrehan quarterback Taylor Dunn tossed two fourth quarter scoring passes to De’Ante Armstrong and Ricky Jefferson.

Karr took a 12-0 lead in the first half on a Legaux 31-yard scoring pass to Jarrell Bennett, then Legaux’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Tavis Clark.

Destrehan’s Marshall Charles made it 12-7 on a 1-yard run in the second quarter.

Karr outgained Destrehan 383-235 in total yardage, including a split of 177 rushing yards to just 31 for the Wildcats.

“Defensively, they were better than I expected,” Robicheaux said.

He was disappointed, but not discouraged, by the loss.

“I’m excited about where we’ll be by season’s end,” he said. “I think this is a good team. We just need to focus on continued improvement.”