(WVUE) - One the most heated matchups in South Louisiana will take place Friday (Sept. 25) night in Boutte. It's Destrehan-Hahnville, high school football rivalry at it's finest. The Wildcats, favorites tonight, feel this week is special for many reasons.
"It's a whole different approach this week," said Destrehan Head Coach Steve Robicheaux. "Especially for the school, the fans, the community - it's a lot of fun for them. The most fun is for the kids to go out and compete against the guys they've been playing rec together, they know each other. The only ones not having fun this week are Coach Salt (Hahnville Head Coach Nick Saltaformaggio) and myself, I promise you. Other than that, it's great for the community and fans so far,"
"I'm not going to lie, you could feel the energy last week," said Destrehan linebacker Alex Zayed. "You could hear the student section chanting 'We Want Hahnville.' You have that rivalry in between the students, rolling each others houses. We like to keep it in the program, on the field. We're prepared for a different type of energy and a different type of setting,"
Two years ago, Destrehan lost in the state semifinals. Last year, they lost in the finals in the Superdome. In 2015, a new message is resonating with the Wildcats.
"We talked about last year being one more," Robicheaux said. "Get one more game, can we get to the semis, can we get one more game to get to the finals? We got that last year. Well this year our slogan is finish. Our approach is always one game at a time, all the big things that will make you successful. That's what we're working on now, and that will hopefully help, that will get you to where you need to be down the line,"