PONCHATOULA — The dominance of St. Paul’s in District 6-5A is officially over.
Behind three rushing touchdowns by Brian Rodgers, Ponchatoula clinched at least a share of 6-5A crown with a 52-16 win over the Wolves on Friday night.
With the victory, Ponchatoula (9-0, 6-0) — the No. 3-ranked team in Class 5A — stopped a streak of St. Paul’s capturing eight of the past nine district championships.
The Green Wave will go for the school’s first outright 6-5A crown next week against Hammond.
Quarterback Christian Campbell, who led the Green Wave with 120 rushing yards and 124 passing yards, said capturing a share of the district crown was the first step in what he and his teammates can be a magical season.
“Can’t tell you how excited I am,” Campbell said. “This game pretty much sealed the district title up. We were fortunate enough to get off to another quick start. It is hard to really tell other people once we get the momentum like we do offensively it is a machine that really just doesn’t stop rolling. We are a really hard team to stop once we get going.”
RUMMEL 31, HOLY CROSS 7: Rummel, the top-ranked team in Class 5A, extended its winning streak to 15 games with tough defense, forcing four Holy Cross turnovers and holding the Tigers to 215 total yards.
The Raiders (9-0, 4-0 District 9-5A) face perhaps their toughest test of the season with a matchup against fellow Catholic League power Brother Martin, in a potential battle of undefeated teams in the regular-season finale.
Brother Martin plays Jesuit on Saturday.
DESTREHAN 44, H.L. BOURGEOIS 20: Looking to wrap up at least a share of the District 7-5A championship Friday night, the Wildcats took no chances, crushing the Braves in the first half en route to an easy victory in Houma.
Destrehan (9-0, 6-0), the second-ranked team in Class 5A, can finish off a perfect regular season next week with a win against East St. John. Destrehan remains one game ahead of second-place Thibodaux in 7-5A play, but the Wildcats hold the head-to-head tiebreaker thanks to their thrilling 21-14 win at Thibodaux in Week 6.
Destrehan quarterback Marquis Darensbourg finished with 133 passing yards. He added 59 rushing yards and two scores.
WARREN EASTON 27, LANDRY-WALKER 13: Warren Easton quarterback Deshawn Capers-Smith and receiver Tyron Johnson get most of the ink for the Eagles.
Rightfully so in the Eagles’ high-octane offense. But on Friday, it was the Warren Easton defense that helped lift the Eagles to one of their biggest wins in recent history in a game that was almost stained by a pregame ruckus.
Easton (8-1, 3-0 District 9-4A), the No. 5-ranked team in Class 5A, held Landry-Walker in check most of the night. Capers-Smith, a Texas A&M commitment, ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more. He has now thrown 33 touchdowns and rushed for 14 this season. His 2-yard run with 5:07 left all but sealed it.
The Eagles can clinch the District 9-4A title on Friday with a win over Karr in the regular-season finale.
FRANKLINTON 35, EAST JEFFERSON 19: East Jefferson, the reigning Class 4A state champion, left Joe Yenni Stadium with nobody to blame but itself following a loss to No. 6-ranked Franklinton.
Renaz Wilson helped the Demons take advantage of several Warriors mistakes, rushing 21 times for 105 yards and three touchdowns as Franklinton scored the final three touchdowns of the game.
Now, instead of East Jefferson defending its District 8-4A title — Franklinton is the new champion — the Warriors (5-4, 3-1) will enter the final week of the regular season with their postseason hopes at stake versus Lakeshore.
TEURLINGS CATHOLIC 42, WESTGATE 6: In Breaux Bridge, even though the Rebels routed Westgate, coach Sonny Charpentier said he would have liked to see his offense play a little more efficiently.
“I don’t think we were sharp offensively,” Charpentier said, “but the defense played well and the special teams played well. You’d like to play all three phases well, but we made enough plays to come away with an easy win.”
Teurlings quarterback Cole Kelley threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another despite completing 35 percent of his passes.
The No. 2-ranked Rebels (7-0, 5-0 District 5-4A) finish the regular season against Northside. Westgate (2-7, 0-5) finishes with St. Martinville.
CATHOLIC-NEW IBERIA 69, LOREAUVILLE 12: Catholic High of New Iberia was impressive in all three phases en route to an easy win over District 5-2A rival Loreauville.
Senior wide receiver André Bellefontaine started the game off with a bang for Catholic-NI (9-0, 4-0), returning the opening kickoff 85 yards for the score. The Panthers took a 35-0 lead before Loreauville managed its first touchdown.
The Panthers will try for their third undefeated regular season in school history when they face Delcambre next week.