After a loss to Ponchatoula in the District Championship last Friday, the Wolves look to get back on the win column going into the playoffs. The Wolves’ defense came to play last week, holding the Green Wave offense to only 3 points. The Wolves also led the Green Wave in time of possession, but the offense couldn’t finish their end of the bargain. The game’s turning point came on special teams. A 65 yard punt return by senior Jacoby Mathews was the first touchdown of the contest between either team, giving the Green Wave a 10-0 lead halfway through the third quarter. The dagger came later when senior Damontrell Osby took another one to the house for the Green Wave.
“The two punt returns killed us and put us too far behind,” said Coach Sears following the loss. “We felt like in the second half if we could keep it close, we could find a way to win, but the special teams broke down and penalties killed us. We got put behind the chains every time we got something going. … I am still proud of the kids’ effort. We put together a solid defensive effort and held them out of the end zone.” Saint Paul’s offensive struggles and special teams woes led to Ponchatula repeating as district champions for the first time in the school’s history.
Following the loss, the Wolves look to clinch a top 4 seed and build momentum going into the playoffs, and they’ll get their chance against a struggling Fountainebleu program that has yet to win a game this season. The Bulldogs have been outscored by a score of 280-68. Last week, Fontainebleau led on the road against Slidell 6-0 from a thirteen-yard score by sophomore Brody Landry. Midway through the second quarter, the Bulldogs muffed a punt that led to a touchdown the other way. The Tigers took that momentum and trampled the Bulldogs the rest of the way, 34-6. With both sides making costly special teams mistakes last week, the Bulldogs will look to get their first win of the season, while the Wolves will look to bounce back and secure a top 4 seed going into the playoffs.