Kenny Sears threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns to lead the St. Paul’s Wolves to an easy 51-7 victory over the Slidell Tigers in a District 6-5A game on senior night at Hunter Stadium.
Sears completed 28 of 39 passes and connected with 12 different receivers.
“Our offense is not based on one person,” Sears said. “We get everyone involved.”
The victory coupled with a Mandeville win sets up a showdown next week between the top two teams in the district, both at 5-0.
“We were methodical on offense but got a little lax towards the end of the first half,” St. Paul’s coach Ken Sears said. “We can’t afford to do that next week against Mandeville.”
The Wolves (7-1, 5-0) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and raced to a 20-0 lead with 11:48 remaining in the first half.
St. Paul’s scored its first touchdown on a 46-yard pass from Sears to Matt Meyers. The score came on fourth-and-4. The extra point was blocked as the Wolves grabbed a 6-0 lead with 9:37 left in the first quarter.
The Wolves increased their lead to 13-0 when Corey Williamson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. Austin Means added the extra the extra point with 4:35 to go in the first quarter.
Williamson finished the game with 80 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Sears second touchdown pass of the half, 38 yards to Dominic Davenport made the score 20-0.
Slidell (1-7, 1-4) answered with a seven-play, 78-yard drive. Wayne Griffin connected with Terry Baham on an 18-yard scoring toss. Josh Wills added the extra point to cut the Tigers’ deficit to 20-7 with 9:48 left in the first half.
Sears threw an interception on the Wolves’ next series to Tyler McManus and set the Tigers up on the Wolves’ 31-yard line. However, Griffin was intercepted two plays later by Brycen Brown to stop the threat.
“We are still fighting against ourselves from within” Slidell coach Larry Favre said. “We are trying to change a culture and a mindset here. That’s tough to do against a great St. Paul’s team.”
The Wolves drove right down the field, and Austin Means kicked a 39-yard field goal to give St. Paul’s a 23-7 lead with 3:32 left in the first half.
Sears completed 18 of 28 passes in the first half for 207 yards and two interceptions. He hit nine different receivers.
The Wolves scored touchdowns on their first four possesions of the second half and also added a defensive score when Jordan Dominguez returned a Griffin interception 28 yards for the final score of the game.
“The defense put them in bad situations” Ken Sears said. “In the second half we came out and played really hard.”
Slidell finished the game with 151 total yards. Griffin completed 11 of 23 passes for 121 yards. He had a touchdown and two interceptions. Tito Simmons rushed for 44 yards on 15 carries.
The Tigers were held to 8 yards of offense in the second half.
St. Paul’s had 440 yards of total offense for the game.