by Hunter Bower // GeauxPreps.com Owner
NEW ORLEANS – For the first time in 14 years, Destrehan can call themselves champions.
The Wildcats completed a remarkable season with a 17-10 victory over Ruston Friday night in the Non-Select Division I title game in one of the most hard-fought contests in the history of the Prep Classic.
With the win, Destrehan took home the program’s fifth state title and first since 2008 while Ruston dropped to 12-2 in its first trip to the Superdome since the 1998 season.
It was a first half full of miscues that led Destrehan to a 10-0 start while the Bearcats struggled with offensive penalties and miscues that helped the Wildcats create a bit of seperation.
However, Ruston seemed to get more comfortable on the Caesars Superdome turf and by the second quarter started rolling offensively capping a second-quarter effort with a 16-yard touchdown pass to cut into the lead.
The second half was more of a defensive effort but Ruston was able to tie the game at the start of the fourth quarter. However, the lead would not last as Destrehan’s Jai Eugene broke loose for a touchdown to regain the lead and eventually secure the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• 8:00 – DESTREHAN | The Wildcats struck first with a 5-yard touchdown run from Shane Lee to take an early seven point lead.
• 6:52 – DESTREHAN | Ryan Lacy’s 33-yard field sails through the uprights to extend the Wildcat lead by 10.
• 6:33 – RUSTON | The Bearcats caught a huge break and capitalized as Jaden Osborne connected with Aaron Jackson for 16 yards and the touchdown to cut into the lead.
• 10:31 – RUSTON | The Bearcats knotted the game up at 10-10 following Russell Brown’s 24-yard field goal.
• 3:22 – DESTREHAN | Jai Eugene secured the victory for Destrehan on a 29-yard rush to regain the lead, 17-10.