In the longest rivalry in St. Tammany that dates back to 1931, three rushing touchdowns by freshman running back Devin Brumfield paced Covington to a 31-19 win over Slidell Thursday night.
With the win, Covington (3-2, 2-0) remains perfect in District 6-5A heading into their showdown next week on the road at No. 4 Ponchatoula. Slidell (3-2, 0-2) finishes out a two-game road trip next week against Hammond.
After punting on their first two possessions of the game, Brumfield would take his first carry of the game 82 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
Brumfield finished the game with 140 yards on 15 carries and three scores.
Slidell’s first score would come on the ensuing possession after Justin Leger’s capped off an 11-play, 69-yard touchdown drive.
Leger’s second touchdown run of the game, this time from three yards out, gave the Tigers a brief 12-10 lead in the third quarter, but Brumfield would answer with a 4-yard touchdown run to put Covington back on top at 17-12.
Recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Brumfield would score on a nine-yard touchdown run three plays later to 24-12.
Slidell would not go away easily against their rival however, as Wayne Griffin connected with Kain Mitchell for a 27-yard touchdown run, cutting the lead to 24-19.
Covington immediately answered with a game-winning drive that culminated with a one-yard touchdown run by Joshua Bickham and Cordara Laurant intercepted Griffin and returned it one yard for a touchdown to seal the victory at 38-19.
His second game back in a Covington uniform after missing the previous two due to disciplinary action, Bickham finished with 73 yards on 11 carries.
The Covington defense also proved to be one of the driving forces in the victory, holding Slidell running back Kain Mitchell to a season-low 32 yards on 20 carries. Griffin did have one of his best games under center, throwing for 152 yards on 10-of-20 passes with a touchdown and an interception.
The game marked the 79th meeting between the schools, with Covington leading the all-time series, 50-28-1.