(COVINGTON, La.) The St. Paul’s Wolves are set to play to Edna Karr Cougars in their regular season opener this Friday (Sept. 1) at 7:00 p.m. in Hunter Stadium.
Last year, the Cougars defeated the Wolves 35-28 in a hard-fought duel in Hunter Stadium. The starters will undoubtedly be seeking revenge on the defending Class 4A champion Karr Cougars.
The Wolves will enter their season opener with a 23-7 loss to Rummel in their Jamboree last Friday fresh on their minds. The Wolves struck first after capitalizing on a Rummel fumble, but were not able to score after that first quarter touchdown reception by Jack Mashburn. Rummel’s three touchdowns were all caught by the Florida commit WR Ja’Marr Chase. The Wolves were simply unable to keep up with Chase’s punishing speed.
That being said, all eyes will be on the Wolves’ defense to see if they can contain the notoriously speedy Karr offense.
As for the Wolves offense, returning QB Jontae McDowell will be starting Friday’s game with a year of starting experience under his belt. It will be interesting to see who will become McDowell’s prime targets, as several receivers from last season have graduated, most notably Timothy Bedford. McDowell completed 16 of 26 passes for 129 yards and one TD last Friday. The Wolves will aim to use two senior running backs this season: Corey Williamson and Logan Davenport. Davenport had 14 carries for 47 yards against Rummel, while Williamson, who received minimal snaps due to a concerning knee injury, had four carries for 13 yards.
The Cougars will enter their season opener with a 29-13 jamboree victory over West Jefferson. The Cougar defense was the dominating force of the game, especially senior defensive lineman Jamier Jackson, who forced a safety and also had a 50-yard fumble recovery TD. Both of Karr’s offensive touchdowns were on the ground; one by quarterback Skylar Perry and one by running back Ahmad Antoine. Perry looked impressive as the dual threat QB the Cougars expertly produce each season. RB Ahman Antoine proved to be a serious threat to any defense with his speed and shiftiness.
The Cougars are coming off of a Class 4A State Championship last season, and the Wolves will be facing a team not much different from that dominant team.
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