Two teams headed in opposite directions? Or will one (Edna Karr) right the ship tonight and hand Destrehan its first loss?
The Destrehan Wildcats seek to equal last year's win total (three) vs. an 0-2 Karr team that only lost twice in 2010.
"In my mind, Karr-Destrehan is the most interesting game of the week," said David Gladow, sports producer and prep football expert at nola.com (The Times-Picayune).
"Last week, Destrehan did what it was supposed to do against St. James, shutting down its running game completely with its front seven, but the big bonus for them was getting a big offensive night from Rickey Jefferson. I know he has an offer from LSU already, and he had a great performance earlier this spring at the Big Show Combine, but that is still huge for them. If they can become more consistent offensively, watch out.
"Karr is 0-2 after having faced two excellent teams (St. Paul's and Arlington Bowie) in its first two games. The problem for them is they were blown out in both games, so that 0-2 start is well earned and has to be disappointing. The schedule softens in the coming weeks, and next Friday they get Salmen, which is in full rebuilding mode, so the opportunity is still there to have a nice record at the end of the year, but I want to know how they'll respond to their third tough opponent in as many games. They have to cut down their turnovers. It all starts there. They've got some nice pieces on offense (especially Rasheed Davis), and even though their run defense is a concern, if they can stop turning it over, they'll have a chance."
Another nice piece for Karr's offense is WR Jarrell Bennett (Arizona commit), who made several big plays in the Cougars' Labor Day loss to Bowie in Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Karr QB Jazmen Riley, a first-year starter, should get more comfortable each week, but tonight he'll likely face heavy pressure from an imposing Destrehan front seven that features DE B.J. Singleton, DT Marrick Charles and LB Malcolm Darensbourg. Fortunately, Riley will be able to rely on the blocking of 6-foot-8, 340-pound offensive tackle Derek Edinburgh (LSU commit - pictured below).
In the preseason, Karr's defensive unit was hyped as perhaps the state's best and the Cougars are determined to prove their worth tonight against the dangerous Jefferson. Defensive linemen Darrian Dyson, Leonard Washington and Gerald Willis can't allow Destrehan QB Dillan Dent to get comfortable in the pocket, as Dent was 5-foot-7 passing for 193 yards and three TDs (two to Jefferson) last week.
Karr's secondary includes two of the state's finest defensive backs in senior safety Melvin Davis and junior corner Noel Ellis. Another player to watch on Karr's offense is 6-foot-5 junior tight end Standish Dobard.
In 2010, Karr went 13-2 and lost in the 4A state finals to Franklinton. The Cougars prevailed over Destrehan last year, 25-10.