Devin Brumfield rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries as Covington upset Mandeville 21-6 in the District 6-5A finale at Jack Salter Stadium in Covington.
The Skippers (7-3, 5-2 in 6-5A) came into the game with a chance to tie for the district championship with a win and needing the St. Paul’s Wolves to lose. But thanks to Brumfield and the Lions defense, that scenario didn’t come into play. St Paul’s won its game 35-17 and clinched the outright championship.
“We want to get better every week and position ourselves to be playing our best ball in week 11,” Covington coach Greg Salter said. “It’s a huge win. We were able to control the game in the second half. I’m excited to see where this team is going to go.”
The Lions (6-4, 4-3) had 207 of their 237 rushing yards in the second half. Brumfield had 149 rushing yards in the second half after Covington took a 7-0 halftime lead.
“We came out in the second half ready to fight,” Brumfield said. “We knew we had to finish the game. It feels good to beat a quality team like Mandeville.”
Mandeville stopped the Lions on their opening possession of the second half when Johnathan Picone blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt to keep the score 7-0. The Skippers took their ensuing possession and drove 77 yards in nine plays. Fritz Walker capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Tyson Blanks blocked the extra point to preserve the Covington lead at 7-6 with 5:45 left in the third quarter.
Covington answered with an 80 yard touchdown drive. Brumfield’s 43-yard score made the lead 14-6 with 2:50 to go in the third quarter.
After the teams traded punts, Joshua Alfaro broke loose for a 35-yard touchdown run for a 21-6 lead with 7:06 left in the game.
Mandeville tried to answer, but a fourth-down pass at the Lions’ 15-yard line fell incomplete, and a Tyler Evans interception with 1:28 to go in the game sealed the victory.
“Covington played a really good game tonight,” Mandeville coach Guy LeCompte said. “We need to correct mistakes and missed opportunities. That’s been the story the last couple of weeks.”
The Skippers were held to 241 total yards. Cody Orgeron completed 13 of 23 passes for 152 yards. Walker had 74 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Alfaro had 43 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
“Our defense was huge for us tonight,” Alfaro said. “Only giving up six points to a great offense like Mandeville was awesome.”
The Lions had five of their six sacks in the first half.
“We’ve been good all year at pressuring the quarterback,” said Salter. “We are very athletic on our front four. Now that we moved Marquell Hollins to defensive back, it has solidified our defense.”
The Lions took a 7-0 lead when Alfaro scored on a 13-yard touchdown scamper with 3:18 remaining in the first quarter.
The Skippers punted on five of their six first-half possessions. The final four of those possessions started at midfield or in Lions’ territory.
Mandeville had 73 yards passing and 102 yards of total offense. Covington was held to just 40 yards of total offense in the first half.