Written by Jonrell Jones
In “ The Battle of the Wildcats”, it was the Wildcats of Destrehan that came out on top. It was a
night where offensive yards were hard to come by. This game showcases two of the state's
most dominant defenses. This was ultimately decided by a key special teams play. St. James
first got on the board with a safety, after an errant snap sail of Destrehan Quarterback Jai
Eugene, heading,to make the score 2-0. The score would hold until a 10-yard pass from
Eugene, to Receiver Daniel Blood ,to make the score 7-2 at halftime.
The defensive slugfest continued into the second quarter. The St. James Wildcats were
leading a promising drive, until they stalled out in the red zone , leading to a block field goal
attempt. Tyler Morton, made the play of the game , taking a punt return 70 yards to make the
score 14-2. Morton stated, “I knew I had a big return coming up. I saw the hole had great blocks
and took it to the house”.
The following drive, Destrehan star linebacker Dylan Gibbs forced a St.
James turnover. This led to a Shane Lee score, to cap out the final score of 21-2.
Both offenses failed to achieve more than 175 of total offense.
Destrehan Jai Eugene , accounted for most of the Wildcats yardage, after starting running back
Razan Keller went down with an injury.
“Anything to win, if putting the offense on my shoulder
every game is what it takes, I’ll do so. We didn’t start too good, then we had 3 starters go down
from cramps, so it was my job to keep those guys focused”, said Eugene.
Both teams face another tough test next week. St. James welcomes the Assumption Mustangs, while Destrehan faces another “ battle of wildcats” when they travel to the wildcats of East St. John.
St. James underrated linebacker Kaleb Brown stated, “ We have another big test this week ; we have to rebound quickly. We have to work on staying focused, staying the course. On defense we have to tackle better & on offense we have to block better."
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