George Brister’s second interception of the game with 1:02 remaining sealed Covington’s 27-21 victory over Fontainebleau in a District 6-5A game at homecoming Friday at The Dawg Pound at Fontainebleau.
The Bulldogs (4-3, 2-2) trailed 27-7 with 8:12 left in the game after the Lions’ Isaiah Carter recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Fontainebleau drove 64 yards in four plays, and Kendrick Marquez scored his second touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run. Tyler Olivier added the extra point to cut the deficit to 27-14 with 6:50 to go in the game.
The Lions (4-3, 3-1) took over, but Marquell Hollins fumbled and Kyle Babin recovered for the Bulldogs at the Lions’ 16. Three plays later, Travis Scearce caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Mason Blocker. Olivier’s extra point made the score 27-21 with 4:30 to go in the game.
Covington was forced to punt, and the Bulldogs took over at their own 41 with 3:24 left. Fontainebleau converted a fourth down, but Brister intercepted Blocker at the Lions’ 25-yard line.
“He (Brister) made some big plays for us tonight just like he has all season” Covington coach Greg Salter said. “He just has a knack for finding the ball.”
Covington led 13-0 at halftime, but the Bulldogs cut the lead to 13-7 when Marquez scored on an 11-yard touchdown run.
The Lions answered with a three-play, 51-yard drive. Joshua Bickham scored on a 16-yard touchdown run to emake the score 20-7 with 14 seconds left in the third quarter.
“We shot ourselves in the foot over and over and over,” Bulldogs coach Mike Materne said. “Both the offense and defense stepped up in the second half. We made a game of it, but we are not going to beat a team like that with all those penalties and turnovers.”
Fontainebleau was held to three first downs and 53 total yards in the first half. The Bulldogs amassed 212 yards and 16 first downs in the second half alone.
Covington had 319 total yards with 211 yards rushing. Devin Brumfield, Hollins and Bickham combined to rush for 213 yards and three touchdowns.
The Lions took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards in nine plays. Brumfield scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, but the extra point was blocked as the Lions grabbed a 6-0 lead just 2:49 into the game.
The Bulldogs took the ensuing kickoff and drove 34 yards into Lions territory but were forced to punt.
Fontainebleau managed just 19 yards of offense the rest of the first half.
Covington increased the lead to 13-0 on Bickham’s 1-yard touchdown run. Ian Connelly added the extra point with 45 seconds to go in the first half. The drive consisted of 17 plays and covered 96 yards in 6:04. The Lions converted two fourth-down plays, including a fake punt on fourth-and-3. The drive was set up when Brister intercepted Blocker.
Covington dominated the first half with 204 total yards with 156 yards rushing.
The Lions ran 41 plays in the first half to the Bulldogs 19. Fontainebleau was held to 5 yards rushing in the first half.