Emery leading dominant Destrehan

Published 12:16 am Wednesday, October 3, 2018

DESTREHAN — John Emery doesn’t need that many touches to do damage.

Opponents of Destrehan High know this all too well.

The senior running back used 15 carries to pound out 156 yards (two touchdowns) in District play last week at Thibodaux, good enough to lead DHS to a 49-10 victory.

Following the game, Emery told a reporter he squats almost 600 pounds and it insults him to allow only one person to take him down. What drives his ability to break so many tackles: his anger. Emery has amassed 821 yards in five weeks, averaging nearly nine yards a carry.

Destrehan quarterback Harold Blood is maturing behind center, showing progress after a Week 3 loss to John Ehret.

He completed just five passes (nine attempts) last week, but they went for three touchdowns and 138 yards.

He has totaled 833 yards this season through the air, to go along with 11 passing touchdowns.

Kyle Edwards gives the Wildcats an unheralded (for now) second rushing option with 254 yards on more than six yards-per-carry.

The Wildcats are 4-1 on the season and undefeated with two wins so far in District play. Destrehan travels to East St. John on Friday in hopes of grabbing a stranglehold in District 7-5A.

Coach Stephen Robicheaux knows it’s important to start district play strong (DHS defeated Hahnville in Week 4), adding the victory over three-win Thibodaux last week helped to the Wildcats’ power points total.

Quinton Torbor and Joseph Washington, who each boast big-play ability, lead Destrehan High at receiver.

Defensively, Champ Craven and Dontrell Smith set the tone for the Wildcats defenders.