Covenant Christian jumped out to a three touchdown lead Friday against St. Martin’s and kept it en route to a 49-19 win at Tony Porter Field.

They also won a share of the District 9-1A title and the Lions are in a three-way tie for first with Houma Christian and Country Day. Houma Christian defeated Country Day 32-29.

“All of the credit goes to the fine young men that I get to work with every day and the outstanding administration and outstanding coaching staff that’s been with me since we started,” said Covenant coach Randy Boquet. “They deserve all the credit.

“It’s been a very, very challenging year. We’ve had so much adversity. These kids have battled back, time and time again.”

Senior Jordan McKay led Covenant with 17 rushes for 189 yards and three touchdowns.

“We had been having a bad week,” McKay said. “We had just been having bad luck all week.”

He said he was aware that his team could get a share of the district title.

The Lions (6-3, 5-1 ) got much of their first half points on punt returns.

Covenant got its first touchdown when Callan Bourg made a 3-yard run with 6:22 left in the first to put his team up 7-0. Near the end of the first the Lions got their second touchdown when Anthony McCoy scored on a 36-yard punt return. The Saints were backed up at their own 1.

Covenant’s special teams continued to penetrate St. Martin’s when Cameron Solet made a 69-yard punt return for another score with 9:41 left in the first half to give his team a three-touchdown lead.

The Saints (5-5, 3-3) scored with 3:17 left in the half when quarterback Desmond McGovern made a 53-yard dash for the end zone to cut the lead to 21-7.

Trevion Calloway led Covenant Christian at halftime with 43 yards on three carries and McKay had 37 on five carries.

McGovern led St. Martin’s at halftime with 53 yards on five carries. He finished with 68 rushing yards and 177 passing. He had parts in all three of his team’s scores. Hakeem Blackstone had five rushes for 30 yards.

St. Martin’s cut the lead to 21-13 when McGovern completed a 26-yard pass to Max Pancamo with 8:38 left in the third.

“We dug ourselves a hole,” said St. Martin’s coach Lester Ricard. “We got down 21-0 and that’s what killed us.

“We fought an uphill battle all night. I give credit to them. They’re a good football team. They had a few more horses than we did.”

Despite the loss, Ricard still seeks a chance at the postseason.

“Looking toward the future, we’re praying that we can get an opportunity to get into the playoffs because I like our football team.”