Video: Destrehan fends off Hahnville rally, takes over late for 28-15 win
BOUTTE – One of the best prep football rivalries in Louisiana was upstaged late in the week by the temporary restraining order granted to Hahnville senior quarterback Andrew Robison to block his suspension, making him eligible to play on Friday.
However, Robison wasn’t dressed and didn’t play Friday night as Destrehan beat rival Hahnville, 28-15, at Tiger Stadium.
It was a balanced effort by the Wildcats, who totaled 378 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers and with two sacks on defense.
Destrehan (3-1) went up early in the game but Hahnville (1-3) fought back with 15 unanswered points to take a 15-14 lead.
Hahnville would push back in the second quarter, as running back Jace Meyers rushed for a 1-yard touchdown capping a 9-play drive to put the score at 14-7 with 6:20 left in the half. Meyers rushed 16 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns on the game.
Hahnville linebacker John Pearsall made an interception on Destrehan’s next drive, however, Destrehan defensive back Dontrell Smith matched the big play with his own interception at the Wildcats’ 4-yard line.
On the ensuing possession, a holding call in the end zone on Destrehan resulted in a safety, drawing Hahnville clsoer at 14-9 with 2:22 left in the half.
Hahnville had a chance to take a lead into the locker room when Jha’Quan Jackson took the following free kick 71 yards for a touchdown, but the play was called back by a holding penalty.
After the half, Hahnville compiled a 17-play drive spanning seven minutes that was capped by a Jace Meyers 6-yard touchdown run to give the hosts their first lead of the night, 15-14, with 4:25 left in the third quarter. The two point conversion was no good.
Destrehan fired back on the next drive to take back the lead for good. Wideout Quinton Torbor made a 36-yard touchdown catch to make it 20-15 with 2:05 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers may have run out of gas, as Destrehan held Hahnville’s offense to only punts for the rest of the game until a late interception by Dontrell Smith provided the dagger. Smith’s big night included two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
“The game last year stayed on our mind all year. It hurt us a lot”, Smith admitted about last year’s Destrehan loss to Hahnville. “It’s been a year since we lost to them and this year we just had to bounce back. It’s all we were thinking about. Defense we stepped up. Offense we came out and played. We just handled our business on the field. We have more to show from here on.”
University of Georgia commitment John Emery also scored a 14-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to provide a two-score cushion for the Wildcats.
Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux said, “Our defense played well. They went on a good drive at the beginning of the second half. They went down and scored and took the lead. We just came out and played lights out after that. Still we made some plays I wish we could have back. But overall, we came out and played hard and did what we had to do. Anytime you come to Hahnville and get a win it’s special.”
The Wildcats struck first when running back John Emery took a screen pass 64 yards for a touchdown to put his team up 7-0 with 6:55 left in the first quarter. Emery ran 18 times for a team-high 112 yards and finished with one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown.
“Hard work and dedication,” Emery said. “That’s what it’s about, keeping it going and never stopping. We made a couple errors during the game, but we kept our heads high and kept it going. We knew what we had to do to execute.”
Running back Kyle Edwards also ran 14 times for 92 yards as Destrehan finished with 221 rushing yards.
“I came in the game saying we will have over 200 rushing yards. Me and Kyle Edwards are the 1-2 punch,” Emery raved. “It’s a beautiful duo. If we keep going like this the rest of the season, we’re gonna hit the Dome. Most definitely.”
On Destrehan’s next possession quarterback J.R. Blood threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to tight end Carson Rieder to put the Wildcats up 14-0 with 3:30 left in the first quarter. Blood completed 7-of-12 passes for 159 yards, throwing three touchdowns and one interception in the game.
“We started off really fast, but towards the middle we had breaks and we need to work on that,” Blood said. “But we had to bounce back. The measure of a man is how you bounce back, and we knew the game is four quarters, not just two. So, when you have those breaks you know you have to come back and I think we did a good job of that tonight.”
The contest marked the final game of Hahnville head coach Nick Saltaformaggio’s four game suspension, making him eligible to return next week against Terrebonne.
“Our kids gave a great effort. I don’t think people thought it was gonna be that close,” Hahnville’s interim head coach Mike Silva said. “We had a chance. If we don’t have the kickoff return called back, we go up two scores to start the third quarter. We held onto the ball and did what we had to do. They just have so many weapons.
“The kids wants Coach Salt back, and I want Coach Salt back, It’s gonna help us defensively. I can’t help us on defense, because I have my hands full taking care of the offense. Salt’s the guy who knows the defense better than everybody, so we really need him back.”
POSTGAME NOTES: Hahnville defensive end Jalen Singleton had a sack and a tackle for loss.
Andrew Robison shared a statement after missing out on the rivalry game. “It’s disappointing to lose like this tonight. I love my teammates. We have a great team. Coach just told us starting now we’re done losing. This losing stuff is over, we’re done with it. Will I get to play next week or for the rest of the season? I don’t know. But I’m gonna do whatever I can do to help this team be as good as they can be.”
DHS 14 0 6 8 = 28
HHS 0 9 6 0 = 15
DHS- John Emery 64-yard catch. (KG Ehrmann) 7-0 6:55 left
DHS- Carson Rieder 30-yard catch (KG Ehrmann) 14-0 3:30 left
HHS- Jace Meyers 1-yard run (KG Ethan Chacon) 6:20 left
HHS- Safety via holding in the end zone penalty 14-9 with 2:22 left
HHS-Jace Meyers 6-yard run (2pt conversion no good) 15-14 HHS 4:25 left
DHS-Quinton Torbor 36-yard catch (2pt conversion no good) 20-15 DHS 2:05 left
DHS-John Emery 14-yard run (2pt conversion good) 28-15 with 9:33
DHS- 221 yards
HHS- 78 yards
DHS Individual Rushing
John Emery 17 carries for 112 yards, 1 touchdown
Kyle Edwards 14 carries for 91 yards
J.R. Blood 1 carry for 18 yards
HHS Individual Rushing
Brandon Comardelle 19 carries for 28 yards
Jace Meyers 16 carries for 82 yards
Dominique Curley 2 carries for -4 yards
Drew Naquin 4 carries for -28 yards
DHS Individual Receiving
Quinton Torbor 2 catches for 45 yards, 1 touchdown
Carson Reider 2 catches for 31 yards, 1 touchdown
John Emery 1 catch for 64 yards, 1 touchdown
Quincy Brown 1 catch for 10 yards
Koby Hollins 1 catch for 9 yards
HHS Individual Receiving
Jerry Spencer 2 catches for 54 yards
Jha’Quan Jackson 1 catch for 13 yards
DHS Individual Passing
J.R. Blood 7-of-12 for 159 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception
HHS Individual Passing
Drew Naquin 3-of-8 for 67 yards, 1 interception
DHS- 12 for 129
HHS- 7 for 69
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Born at East Jefferson Hospital, Jordan Liuzza is a Louisiana native who grew up in Metairie, before moving to Destrehan after Hurricane Katrina. Jordan graduated Destrehan High School, class of 2012, and thereafter graduated from LSU, class of 2017, with a B.A. in Communications. Growing up in Metairie, Jordan played park ball at Johnny Bright Playground. At Destrehan High School,…