This week’s GameTime Louisiana featured game is a 5A District 7 matchup between the Thibodaux Tigers (2-3) and the Destrehan Wildcats (4-1) – Friday, November 6 at 7:00 pm CT.
Wildcats Rebuilding or Reloading?
Destrehan made it to the Class 5A state championship game last year and lost in a defensive slugfest to Acadiana 8-3. It was the final game for Steve Robichaux as head coach after 18 years at the helm. Robichaux won 82-percent of his games and back-to-back state titles in 2007 and 2008.
Trying to fill Robichaux’s shoes will be former John Ehret Coach Marcus Scott, who went 20-5 as the Patriots head coach. He’s familiar with Destrehan, as Scott was the defensive coordinator of the Wildcats from 2016-17.
Marcus Scott Earns First Win as Destrehan Head Coach with a 21-2 win over St. James.
“Anything to win, if putting the offense on my shoulder
every game is what it takes, I’ll do so,” @JaiEugeneJr1 said.
Full story⬇️⬇️ from @sayy_rell
— Jeremiah Jakee' Gray (@G_PaidInFull08) October 13, 2020
According to nola.com, Destrehan entered this season with a new starting quarterback and four new starters on the offensive line. However, that hasn’t stopped them from compiling a 3-1 record overall and first place in 5A District 7 at 2-0.
After an opening season loss to St Pauls/Covington (22-14), the Wildcats have reeled off four straight wins over St. James (21-2), H.L. Bourgeois (45-7), Terrebonne (63-7), and last 31-12 last week against East St. John.
Tigers Looking to Get Back to .500
Thibodaux is led by head coach Chris Dugas and the Tigers are coming off a 7-4 season. They return senior quarterback Luke Alleman, who threw for 2,786 yards and 31 touchdowns last season.
The Thibodaux Tigers have a 2-3 overall record and 1-2 in 5A district 7. They opened the season with a loss to McDonough 35 (14-13), beat Central Lafourche (54-2), lost two straight to Terrebonne (10-7) and Hahnville (64-35).
Last week, the Tigers defeated Breaux Bridge 27-22. Quarterback Luke Alleman threw for two touchdowns and senior running back Ferronte Miller scored two touchdowns – one rushing and one receiving.
Players to Watch (Destrehan)
Senior defensive lineman – Jhase Gooden (6’1″/260 lbs)
Recruit Louisiana evaluation: Big wide-body, strong arms and legs, explosive off the edge, and relentless upon pursuit. He is a physical player with speed to run down his prey, high octane DT/DE.
Offers: McNeese State, Lamar University. Committed to Northwestern State University (LA).
Senior linebacker – Dylan Gibbs (6’0″/220 lbs)
Offers: Committed to Southeastern Louisiana University
How it started: How it’s going: pic.twitter.com/KQVzpuwOGv
— Dylan Gibbs (@dylanjgibbs51) October 10, 2020
Senior defensive back – Tyler Morton (5’11″/160 lbs)
Recruit Louisiana evaluation: Good field instincts, reads/reacts quickly with good speed; very good cover skills.
Offers: Lamar, Nicholls State, McNeese State, Southeastern La University, New Mexico State
Destrehan’s Tyler Morton @taii_12 picked off 2 passes & returned 2 punts back for TDs to help his team beat Terrebonne 63-7
The Wildcats take on an undefeated East St. John team Friday night 👀🤔
Full story & highlights⬇️⬇️
— Jeremiah Jakee' Gray (@G_PaidInFull08) October 30, 2020
Players to Watch (Thibodaux)
Senior quarterback – Luke Alleman (6’2″/185 lbs)
Recruit Louisiana evaluation: Pure passer with great mobility, mobile threat, long tall frame, good accuracy, high football IQ, patient, resourceful, and athletic quarterback.
😘 iloveyou https://t.co/0uSqtd3F59
— Luke Alleman (@lukealleman) October 24, 2020
Senior running back Ferronte Miller (5’10″/185 lbs)
Recruit Louisiana evaluation: Fast to the edge, explosive, and gains separation at the second and third level, very elusive RB that is hard to tackle at point of contact, good hands as a receiver out of the backfield, gets upfield quickly.
Offers: St John University, Grand View University
Senior defensive lineman Lamar Winston (6’0”/250 lbs)
Winston is the heart and soul of the defense. He leads the team in tackles.
Sophomore defensive lineman Jameian Buxton (6’3”/275 lbs)
Buxton is considered by many to be the best lineman in the state of Louisiana from the class of 2023.
Offers: He currently holds offers from Miami, LSU, Georgia, Florida State, and Virginia
— AJ. Bolden (@iAM_ACEBOLDEN) October 12, 2020