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Battle of the Wildcats in Reserve ends with Destrehan on top

BY TARA WILLIAMS

SPECIAL TO L’OBSERVATEUR

RESERVE — It was Wildcats season as this week’s game of the Destrehan Wildcats versus the East St. John Wildcats was an exciting fight to the finish. The E went into the game with an undefeated season thus far at 4-0, looking to stay that way. However, The Destrehan Wildcats, with a 3-1 record, went in looking to give the E their first loss.

From the first play, or two, East St John was determined to show Destrehan that this would not be a pushover game. East St. John’s Kylon Harris scored a touchdown within two passes
and The E started the game on top with a 6-0 lead. The first quarter showed a great deal of strength by both team’s offensive and defensive lines as the ball went back and forth on downs.

By the end of the first quarter, The E was still on top with a 6-0 score over Destrehan. Destrehan came into the second quarter fighting and kicked a 37-yard field goal which made the score 6-3. East St John did not slow down as Marcus Jackson stepped up to contribute quite a few big plays that helped the E gain yards, as well as a pass to Travis Turner for a touchdown with five minutes left until the end of the first half to make the score 12-3.

Both Wildcat teams played hard as they exchanged yards until Destrehan’s Razan Keller made a breakout run and made the score 10-12, still with East St. John on top for the lead. Destrehan had a touchdown was taken away due to a holding call, which turned the tables late in the third quarter. A 13-yard run gave the Destrehan Wildcats a 17-12 lead over East St John by the end of the third quarter.

Going into the fourth quarter, Calvin Bullock came up with a 29-yard touchdown and brought the lead over East St. John to 24-12. Big passes by Jai Eugene helped Destrehan stay on top for the remainder of the game as the defense continued to keep The E from scoring the rest of the game. Destrehan put the final stamp on the game with a 4-yard touchdown from Shane Lee which made the score 31-12 with 50 seconds left to the end of the game.

Destrehan ended the game with an interception by Jaden Harding as they came up victorious over The East St. John Wildcats. East St. John Wildcats Jackie Marshall and Dennis
Brown, who recovered a fumble, made some awesome defensive contributions as well as Kylon Harris, Cortez Fisher, and Marcus Jackson making great offensive plays.

Key defensive players for Destrehan were Daniel Blood, Jace Gooden, and Dylan Gibbs. Awesome offensive efforts from Razon Keller, Calvin Bullock, Shane Lee and Jai Eugene made a great difference in the second half from Destrehan.

Great comeback by the Destrehan Wildcats!