This week’s featured Louisiana game is a 5A District 7 matchup between the Destrehan Wildcats (5-1, 4-0) and the Hahnville Tigers (5-2, 4-1) – Friday, November 20 at 7:00 pm CT.
District Title on the Line
This is the final game of the regular season for both teams and will determine the final standings in 5A district 7.
The Destrehan Wildcats are 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the district. They currently sit in first place and can capture the district title outright with a win over the Tigers.
After an opening season 22-14 loss to St. Pauls, the Wildcats have reeled off six straight victories – St. James (21-2), Bourgeois (45-7), Terrebonne (63-7), East St. John (31-7), Thibodaux (33-7) and Central Lafourche (42-0).
— Destrehan High (@DHSWildcats) November 17, 2020
The Wildcats defense has been stellar throughout the season. They have held opponents to 12 points or less in six-straight games. The offense continues to find ways to score points, but the Destrehan defense and special teams have also contributed. In last week’s game against Central Lafourche, Jaden Harding returned an interception for a touchdown and Tyler Morton added a punt return for a touchdown.
The Hahnville Tigers are 5-2 overall and 4-1 in district play. If they defeat Destrehan Friday night, they will own a share of the league title.
It’s game time! Lets go Tigers! 🏈🐅 pic.twitter.com/uwzbV4ZnjJ
— Hahnville Athletics (@hahnvillesports) November 14, 2020
The Tigers opened the season with wins over Higgins (49-0) and a shootout victory against Terrebonne (47-40). They lost to district foe East St. John (38-16) and then won three in a row against Thibodaux (64-35), Central Lafourche (52-6) and H.L. Bourgeois (42-17). Last week, second-half turnovers and big plays against the defense led to a 42-21 non-district defeat against Jesuit.
With a share of the district title on the line, the young Tigers team will need to forget about last week’s disappointing loss and focus on stopping a potent Destrehan offense that averages 36 points per game.
On riverparishfootball.com, Hahnville coach Daniel Luquet summed up Friday’s big matchup, “The season doesn’t end because you lose to Jesuit,” Luquet said. “We are still sitting 5-2 with an opportunity to play Destrehan for a district championship and everything that comes with that game. We’ve just got to be better. We just have to be better for 48 minutes.”
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 👀🤔
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— Jeremiah Jakee' Gray (@G_Sportz) October 30, 2020
Players to Watch (Hahnville)
Senior quarterback Andrew Naquin (6’2″/180 lbs)
The Tigers are led on offense by QB Andrew Naquin. He has completed 77 of 148 attempts for 1162 yards passing and 14 touchdowns.
Senior running back Trey LaBranch (6’0″/190 lbs)
LaBranch leads a potent ground attack for Hahnville. LaBranch has 74 rushes for 873 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Senior middle linebacker Shamarr Moses (6’2″/190 lbs)
Moses played outside linebacker last season. He was moved to inside linebacker this season. Coach Luquet says he is a returning starter that understands the defense and what they are trying to do. He is a good tackler who can run with the backs.
Looking for leaders at Hahnville this season, don't have to look very far.
Senior OL Reginald Pierre and Senior OLB Shamarr Moses both taking on their leaderships roles seriously @HHS_Football @hahnvillesports pic.twitter.com/VTNeGnG9OU
— Varsity Sports Now (@VSNLouisiana) August 6, 2020
Senior defensive back Alijah Hamilton (5’11″/185 lbs)
According to Recruit Louisiana, Hamilton plays very instinctively, can diagnose plays due to maintaining great vision of the field, high football IQ, student of the game. In June, he committed to McNeese State. University.
My Turn. pic.twitter.com/as8G3jL234
— tudda (@alijahh3) June 27, 2020