Wolves Come from Behind to Defeat Lions

St. Paul’s tight end Ryan Malone catches a touchdown in the second quarter of the Wolves’ 27-23 victory over the Covington Lions. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com)

On Friday, Sept. 21, the St. Paul’s Wolves won the Little Brown Jug–given annually to the winner of St. Paul’s-Covington High football game–in an exciting, come-from-behind fashion.

The Wolves took an early lead on a 29-yard Marcus Gaines run in the first quarter. Covington responded with a field goal to bring the score to 7-3.

In the second quarter, St. Paul’s senior quarterback Collin D’Angelo connected with tight end Ryan Malone for a 19-yard touchdown; but the Wolves missed the extra point, making the score St. Paul’s 14, Covington High 3. However, Covington took a 16-13 lead on two touchdowns, missing one of the extra points, later in the second quarter. A two-yard run by Gaines gave the Wolves a 20-16 lead heading into halftime.

The Wolves defense changed the momentum of the game at the end of the third quarter by driving the Lions offense back into a 2nd and 47 situation.

Covington scored the only touchdown of the third quarter to take a 23-20 lead. Still down 23-20 late in the fourth quarter, D’Angelo took the snap, faked a handoff to the right, and ran 16 yards to his left into the endzone. The Wolves defense held, and the Wolves came away with a 27-23 win.

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