St. Paul’s proved to have an uncanny ability to make an opponent pay for its mistakes in a 51-8 victory at Hammond in a District 6-5A contest Friday.
At the midpoint of the season, and with the toughest part of the schedule to come, the first half was a welcome sign that the Wolves are on target.
The offensive total of 272 yards is a blend of potent running and passing that could serve the team well down the stretch.
“Every team in our district is tough and the kids did a great job of preparing,” St. Paul’s coach Ken Sears said. “We have some tough ballgames ahead and have to take then one game at a time and focus.”
Four of the five remaining teams on the schedule for St. Paul’s, all in 6-5A, have records of .500 or better — including crosstown rival Covington, the next opponent. Hammond travels next week to take on Fontainebleau.
St. Paul’s (4-1, 2-0) found the end zone on the first possession, which started at the Hammond 31, thanks in part to a heavy rush causing Hammond (0-5, 0-2) to shank a punt.
After a 3-yard loss on the Wolves’ first play, Corey Williamson took the ball and ran up the middle, breaking three tackles on the way to a 34-yard touchdown down run. Austin Means kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead. Williamson finished with 94 yards and a pair of scores; two of his first three carries resulted in touchdowns.
Wide receiver T.J. Bedford as equally as effective as Williamson early, grabbing two touchdown passes in his first three catches.
There was little Hammond could to do stop the St. Paul’s offense, which scored on all seven first-half possessions.
Quarterback Ken Sears III hit on 11 of 14 passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns.
The Wolves’ defense and special teams dominated, limiting Hammond to 57 yards of total offense and one pass completion.
Hammond avoided the shutout in the third quarter when Anthony Duarte scored on a 3-yard run with less than two minutes to go. The two-point conversion was good, cutting the lead to 48-8.
Austin Means added a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to close the scoring.
In the past three meetings between the teams, St. Paul’s has outscored Hammond 148-19.
With a power ranking of 27 in the latest Class 5A poll, the sense of urgency for all of the Wolves’ remaining opponents are high with Covington at 32, followed by Ponchatoula (9), Slidell (44), Mandeville (13) and Fontainebleau (45).