Wolves Earn No. 4 Seed in Playoffs, Set to Play Shaw Friday

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(COVINGTON, La.) — The St. Paul’s Wolves are set to play the Archbishop Shaw Eagles in Hunter Stadium this Friday, Nov. 11, in the first round of the Louisiana 5A Division I Playoffs, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Wolves finished their regular season with a 9-1 overall record and a 7-0 district record. They will enter the playoffs as the number four seed, falling behind John Curtis, Scotlandville, and Catholic High.

The Wolves’ season was an impressive one for sure, finishing with an unblemished district record and one non-district loss to a very impressive Edna Karr squad. Some of the highlights consist of beating district foes Mandeville and Covington, both for the second consecutive season, and also beating the  talented Jesuit Blue Jays in overtime (after losing by to them by only a field goal last year). Moreover, the Wolves clinched the district title for the second consecutive year.

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Sophomore quarterback Johntae McDowell scrambles from a Fontainebleau defender in last week’s regular season finale. (Photo: Pat Mashburn, Nola.com)

If the Wolves wish to win the match and earn a second round playoff game, they must play as they have been doing so all year on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Johntae McDowell averages 218 yards per game through the air, and has thrown for an astounding 27 touchdowns this season, more than any other quarterback on the north shore. The Wolves’ defense has also been outstanding during district play, giving up an average of only 13 points a game to their opponents.

Archbishop Shaw has had a very troublesome year with a 1-9 record with a 0-6 district record. They finished dead last in their district this season.

The Wolves should not look past the one-victory Shaw Eagles, though. The last time these two teams met was in the first round of the 2014 playoffs in Hunter Stadium. The Eagles narrowly defeated the Wolves, and thus ended the Wolves’ season.

The Wolves will be looking for revenge this year against the Eagles, and, hopefully, will win this first round playoff game. The winner of this game will go on to play the winner of Evangel Christian (5) and Holy Cross (12) next Friday, Nov. 18.

Students, faculty and fans are reminded that LHSAA rules require all attendees to pay for entry to playoff games, and that school ID cards and season passes will not qualify for admission. Discounted tickets are currently on sale for $8 each in the administration office of the main school building from 7:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. through Friday. Tickets will also be for sale at the gate for $10 each.

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Click here to view the interactive LHSAA Division I playoff bracket. For live score updates during Friday night’s game, follow @thepaperwolf on Twitter.

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