Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- St. Amant's Nathan Taylor turns the corner as he attempts to elude John Ehret defender Dejon Harris during a 2014 game.

Coming into the season, it was the defense expected to be the strength of the John Ehret football team.

Six weeks into the season, the unit has proved to be as good as advertised.

Check out the numbers: 18 turnovers. 14 interceptions and 43 tackles for loss.

In addition, the Patriots (5-1) are allowing just 151 yards per game (72 rushing, 79 passing).

“The No. 1 thing about the defense is they are fast, aggressive and they cause turnovers,” Patriots coach Corey Lambert said. “They just cause havoc.”

Lambert credits his assistants (co-defensive coordinators Bryan Crayton and Delfrane Lee, defensive backs coach Don Cox and defensive line coach Antoine Prince). Inside linebackers Dejon Harris and Anthony Hamilton are the leading tacklers with 46 and 34, respectively.

Michael Divinity, rated one of the nation’s top juniors, has nine tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. Kerry Starks and Robert Green also have two sacks.

Taris Shanell and Jarrius Wallace have four and three interceptions, respectively, to lead the secondary.

Ehret plays Bonnabel at 7 p.m. Friday at Joe Yenni Stadium.

Tough luck Owls

The Chalmette football team has been on the bad end of some tough-luck losses this season.

The Owls are 1-5, with four of those losses by seven points or less. Three of those losses have been by three points, including Saturday’s 13-10 loss to Ehret in the final 42 seconds.

But that hasn’t stopped senior defensive tackle Jalin Scott from having a stellar season.

Scott recorded 17 total tackles (11 solos, 6 assists) in the loss.

He also had three sacks and five tackles for loss and recovered a fumble. He has 14 tackles for loss on the season and is closing in on the school record in that category (19).

He has 48 tackles this season.

Rummel up to No. 11

Rummel continued to climb in the national rankings.

The Raiders, who beat Shaw 56-14 on Saturday, moved up to No. 11 in the USA Today Super 25 after being ranked No. 13 last week.

Rummel (6-0) moved up four spots in the CBS MaxPreps Composite Football Rankings, going from No. 24 to No. 20.

Rummel plays St. Augustine at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium.

The Raiders are also ranked No. 1 in Class 5A in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll and No. 1 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10.

Harrell’s big night

Country Day wide receiver Trey Harrell had a stellar night Friday in the Cajuns’ 45-13 victory over St. Martin’s.

Harrel reeled in six passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

For the season, Harrell has caught 14 passes for 484 yards and five touchdowns for Country Day (5-1).

The Cajuns, ranked No. 8 in The New Orleans Advocate Small School Super 10 and No. 6 in the LSWA Class 1A polls, will play Haynes Academy at 4 p.m. Friday.

St. Mary’s Vigne honored

Former St. Mary’s Academy softball player Daja Vigne was selected as the inaugural recipient of a college scholarship program developed by the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation and the Jack Fielkow Scholarship Fund.

Vigne, who is attending Belhaven University in Jackson (Mississippi) was selected based on her consistent participation in the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy’s softball program, her various extracurricular activities, her outstanding high grade point average and demonstrations of good sportsmanship.

Vigne was selected by a committee of individuals involved in the establishment of the program, including Arnie Fielkow, the former New Orleans City Council President and current CEO of the NBA Retired Players Association.