In his first-year at the helm, Fontainebleau coach Chris Blocker has something cooking in the Dawg Pound.
The Bulldogs put themselves squarely in the race for the 6-5A title with a dominating 35-14 win over Ponchatoula on Friday night.
“Wow,” Blocker said of his team’s performance. “I just saw a bunch of guys continuing to buy into the philosophy we are trying to instill in them and this program. We have preached since we took over that this team can be winners, and now they are starting to get to see that.
“We were able to convert a lot of (the Green Wave) miscues into points (Friday night), and that was key. That was the direct opposite to how we started off this season. We are learning to get better at what we do. That shows a team that hasn’t hit its peak.”
Up 12-7 at the half, Fontainebleau (6-2, 4-1) took the opening possession of the second half 65 yards for a touchdown when Brandon Akkawi scored from a yard out to cap the drive. The junior tailback was responsible for all but one yard on the drive.
Recovering the onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, the Bulldogs extended the lead to 25-7 when Blocker connected when Mason Blocker connected with Austin Lamberston for a 25-yard touchdown.
The lead ballooned to 32-7 after Fontainebleau intercepted Ponchatoula quarterback for a fourth time, and Blocker scored on the next play taking it 85 yards for a touchdown.
Blocker finished with 13 carries for 112 yards with a touchdown, and Akkawi was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs with 120 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.
“I’ve never been part of a game like this where it seems like every play worked,” Akkawi said. “It is crazy what we were able to accomplish tonight. I credit it to the work we did in practice throughout the week. We were prepared for what (the Green Wave) were going to try and do on both sides of the football and had a great game plan to try and execute what we know we could do well.
“This district race is not over. I know a lot of people had Mandeville-St. Paul’s next week being for the 6-5A title, but we are still here. We have one loss, and St. Paul’s still has to come to our house. We are going to continue to work hard and let the chips fall where they may. It’s going to be an exciting end of the season.”
Ponchatoula (5-3, 2-3) got on the scoreboard first when David Nichols picked off Mason Blocker and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown.
Turnovers were the story of the first half as the Bulldogs picked off Kraft three times, including a 42-yard return by Gavin Scholl for a touchdown to cut the Ponchatoula lead to 7-6 after a two-point conversion attempt failed.
The Bulldogs took a 12-7 lead after another interception, this time by Matthew Stacey. Nine plays later, Mason Blocker found Cole Sisung in the back corner of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown.