NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Week nine of the regular season kicks off this weekend, which means we’re getting so close to the start of the playoffs. Two teams that will be in that playoff picture, Destrehan and Jesuit, they meet up tonight in City Park.
“There’s no doubt. The playoff by themselves are exciting. When the weather changes it’s put a little added flavor to the atmosphere. The kids are a little prepped up around practice, not a drudge. There was times on that turf where it was brutal out there,” said Destrehan Head Coach Stephen Robichaux.
“This group comes to work as hard as any group that I’ve ever had. There a pleasure to coach, they’re a delight to be with at practice. We’re talking about needing to peak, and obviously you want to peak each week moving forward. Into your district schedule, in your regular season schedule, into the playoffs. I’m excited about how our guys approach that,” said Jesuit Head Coach Mark Songy.
Around the area, there’s big time games with district titles on the line. But Destrehan-Jesuit is non-district contest, and it’s going to be a good one.
“We just happened to have that bye week in week nine. Between playing Jesuit here, or traveling to Evangel to play those guys. Coach Songy and I decided let’s get it done. It’s something you probably don’t like this late in the season. Especially against a team like Jesuit that is so physical. Probably don’t want to play those guys right now, but I wanted our guys to play ten games. It’s only fair for the seniors, so we went and scheduled the Jesuit game,” said Robichaux.
“Normally at this time we would be playing for a playoff spot, but in Division 1 everyone makes it. We’re excited about the opportunities that come in the future. Playing a team like Destrehan in the ninth week of the year. It’s a tough matchup, it really is. It’s like another district opponent. In this league you come to a fight every single week, this is no different. I was joking with someone earlier today on the phone, we’ve already played Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M and now we line up against Ohio State is what it looks like,” said Songy.
Kickoff is set for six p.m. at Tad Gormley, not seven, because Voodoo Fest is also in City Park tonight.