You can’t ask for much more for our week nine matchup on GameTime on YurView Louisiana as two undefeated teams meet in St. Charles Parish as Destrehan visits East St. John.
The Wildcats from Destrehan have steamrolled their opponents this season, winning by an average of 42 points. They are a veteran team that’s reached the semifinals the last two seasons. There are some players on this team who played on the 2019 team that finished as a state runner-up.
On offense they are led by three-year starting quarterback Jai Eugene Jr, the son of former LSU defensive back Jai Eugene Senior. Jai Eugene is committed to Tulane as a defensive back, but his head coach Marcus Scott says he’s a much better passer this season, which has resulted in Destrehan’s offense averaging 45 points a game.
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He has a lot of great skill position players around him. Senior wide receiver Daniel Blood is committed to the Ragin Cajuns and has been playing since a freshman. He’s a home run hitter who has great hands.
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Wide out Leslie Jefferson is another guy who can stretch the field and he’ll also play some defense. He’s a cousin of former LSU star and current Minnesota Vikings stud Justin Jefferson.
Phillip Wright is a sophomore receiver, who is one of the fastest kids for his age bracket in the country. Johnny Thiel is another sophomore wide out who has great hands.
Destrehan also has some dynamic running backs. Shane Lee is a great two-sport athlete. On the football field he has a great combination of power and speed which has resulted in him getting offers from Miami and Florida State. He can catch the ball out of the back field and he’ll play a little linebacker if needed. In the spring, he’s the clean-up hitter for Destrehan’s baseball team and he’ll look to play both sports in college.
Destrehan also has Trey Nixon, who can run between the tackles and there’s also Brandon Freeman and Christian Nunnery.
The offensive line features two division one prospects, Six-foot-four, 330-pounder Landry Cannon and six-foot-five, 265 pounder, Christian Martin of Colorado State.
Destrehan’s defense has only allowed 27 points all season.
Kolaj Cobbins is one of the top edge rushers as a junior. Very quick first step who plays with a high motor. Coach Scott also says he’s a great kid off the field and a honor roll student.
The linebackers are more than solid with Andrew Schaffer and Arrington Adams.
In the secondary, there’s Lynard Harris, a four-year starter, committed to ULM. A very versatile player who studies the game, which allows him to excel on the football field.
Kevin Adams is another four-year starter in the secondary, who is fast and committed to Tulane.
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Junior Anthony Robinson has offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Nebraska. He’s made the switch from wide receiver to safety and has really come into his own.
Destrehan has won 21 straight regular season games and 19 straight district games. The last district game they lost was to East St. John in 2019.
ESJ has a chance to beat the Wildcats again. Statistically they have one of the top quarterbacks in the state. Yashua Mitchell has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. He throws the ball extremely well and has deceptive speed as Mitchell has seven rushing touchdowns.
His main target in the passing game is Dkhai Joseph. He’s caught 38 passes for 798 yards and 15 touchdowns. Joseph is a junior who runs great routes and has speed.
The Wildcats also have a great running game. George Martin has rushed for 800 yards and nine touchdowns, and Cortez Fisher has rushed for over 400 yards.
The offensive line has two sophomores starting, but Gaylon Fobb is a senior who leads a quality group.
East St. John’s defense is led by senior linebackers Kaden Henderson and Freddie Jones.
Jones is the leading tackler. He’s been in the program for four years, who runs to the ball well.
Henderson has 28 tackles and four tackles for a loss.
Another senior leads the defensive secondary. D’kari Joseph defends the other team’s best receiver and has two interceptions on the season.
On the defensive line Jerry Phillips is a sophomore with five sacks on the season. Juniors Jamarion Zeno and Ky’vann Fobb are fundamentally sound players at defensive tackle. Fobb has 41 tackles, six tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries.
There are only 12 teams left that are undefeated in Louisiana. Two of them square off in LaPlace on Friday and you can watch it on YurView Louisiana (Cox Channel 4) and streaming on watch.yurview.com.