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|Dome Sweet Home: West Monroe prepares for Destrehan|
The West Monroe Rebels are preparing to put their undefeated season on the line Saturday night when they face another undefeated squad, the Destrehan Wildcats for the Class 5A state championship at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
West Monroe, the Class-5A top seed, will be going up against the No.2 Destrehan team that won the district 5-5A championship for the third consecutive season in 2008.
"They have talent all over the place," West Monroe head coach Don Shows said. "They are as talented and as well coached as anyone we have played this year. This is for the championship and we have to be ready for a fight."
This fight also has history. The game will take place almost 15 years to the day that an up-and-coming West Monroe program claimed their first of six football state championships by beating an unbeaten Destrehan team, 28-21 in 1993.
The two teams met again in the playoffs in 2005. That year, quarterback Steven Ensminger and offensive MVP running back Frank Goodin led the Rebels to a 49-27 quarterfinal win at Destrehan on the way to another state title.
The Rebels will be going up against Destrehan after a 47-12 route of Barbe High School of Lake Charles last week.
The Rebels pounced on the previously unbeaten Buccaneers early and often and used a huge outburst of offense in the second half to secure the win.
Destrehan is the defending 5A state champion and the team is riding a 28-game win streak dating back to August of 2007.
Destrehan advanced to the championship round after beating Central of Baton Rouge, 21-14, last week at home.
The Rebels will be tested by a high-powered passing game for the third consecutive week. Destrehan quarterback Wyndrick Smothers has thrown for 1,986 yards and 19 touchdowns with just seven interceptions.
Three of his seven picks came last week in the first half as Destrehan struggled to get their offense going against Central.
The Rebels are preparing to go up against a fired-up Destrehan squad who is focusing on getting their first football victory over West Monroe in school history.
"The most important things to me are, first of all, we must withstand the surge at the beginning of the game," Shows said. "Also as important is we have to move the football and not allow their offense to have a short field to work with. They are a very talented and sound football team."
Running back Marshall Charles leads Destrehan in with 254 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
West Monroe has been tested on the defensive side by a large group of playoff foes with potent passing offenses.
West Monroe has come out unscathed and with four interceptions in the last two games. Jonas Tyson intercepted three passes at St. Thomas More and then Vincent Bell made a pick against Barbe a week later.
West Monroe has proven to have a potent pass game of their own to mix with their imposing rushing attack on offense.
Quarterback D.J. Banks completed 5-of-7 pass attempts for 87 yards and a touchdown. Banks also added three rushing touchdown as he figures to be a huge key to West Monroe grabbing a seventh state championship on Saturday night in the Big Easy.