Salmen is expected to be stout this year, with most of its best players - such as DT Malcolm Pichon, QB/WR Daniel Sams, DE T.J. Price, QB Matt Lipham, and CB Chrishawn Dupuy - returning for their senior years.
Destrehan had a quasi-rebuilding year in 2009, going 5-6, but the Wildcats went a combined 29-0 over the course of the previous two seasons, winning back-to-back state titles in Louisiana's largest classfication. And Destrehan has its own share of talented players, including blue-chip OL Ethan Hutson (Ole Miss commit), LB Tarquin Kenner, QB Taylor Dunn, and underclassman WR Rickey Jefferson, younger brother of LSU QB Jordan Jefferson.
At any rate, games are decided on the field, not on paper, and the results Thursday night were decidedly one-sided.
"We're looking good as a team and we were tired of hitting each other in practice. T.J. (Price), who usually plays defensive end, lined up at defensive tackle some against Hutson, and he was able to get a couple of sacks."
How did the rest of Pichon's teammates perform?
"Chrishawn brought back some punts and made good plays on special teams," he said, "and Daniel was on the money throwing the football. He made plays at both quarterback and wide receiver. He split reps at QB with Matt, and when Matt was in there, we split Daniel out at receiver."
The Spartans will do battle with a city rival, Northshore, next week in the jamboree.
"I'm watching Northshore and Belle Chasse scrimmage right now," said Pichon on Friday evening. "In the opener, we play Slidell (another city rival). I know that they got two transfers from St. Paul's - RB Stephon Smith and CB Stephen Smith - and that will give them a boost, but it won't be enough. I feel confident."
The following week, Salmen faces longtime nemesis John Curtis Christian. Last year, Curtis edged the Spartans by a single point.
In regard to recruiting, Pichon said that he doesn't have a favorite school yet, and that he will possibly wait until after the season to take his official visits.