(COVINGTON, LA) The St. Paul’s Wolves will take on the Holy Cross Tigers in the first round of the LHSAA Division 1 Football Playoffs this Friday night (Nov. 10) under the lights of Hunter Stadium.
The winner of this matchup will go on to play the second seeded John Curtis Patriots of New Orleans next week. Win or lose, this is the last game in Hunter Stadium for the Wolves this season.
The Wolves will be entering this playoff matchup with a 6-4 overall record. Last week, the Wolves took down Fontainebleau 42-28. Senior RB Corey Williamson led the way for St. Paul’s, rushing for 116 yards and a score. Junior QB Jack Mashburn threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 73 yards. The Wolves were in much need of a win over Fontainebleau after being upset by Mandeville in the previous week. It will be interesting to see who head coach Kenny Sears starts at the QB spot, Jontae McDowell, who has started nearly every game for the past two years, or Jack Mashburn, who was very impressive last week in his second start this season.
Last year, the Wolves won in the first round of the playoffs over Archbishop Shaw, and then lost to Evangel Christian in the following round. The Wolves will look to take this game from the Tigers and defeat the John Curtis Patriots next week.
The Tigers will be taking on the Wolves tonight with a 5-5 overall record. That record may not capture the strength of this Holy Cross squad, considering that four out of their five losses were decided by less than a touchdown. Last week, the Tigers just barely fell to Live Oak, 14-13.
In last week’s game, Holy Cross quarterback Jaden Moran finished 7-of-18 for just 47 yards. Look for Moran to lock onto his best target, WR Kym Wimberly, who will be a serious deep threat for the Wolves. The Tigers also have a serious running threat with FB Shawn Howell and RB Landen Bates. Stopping the duo will surely be a challenge for the Wolves’ defensive line.
Look for this game to be a hard fought, emotional game between two evenly matched teams that both have a potential to upset the number two seeded John Curtis Patriots next week.
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