All good things come to an end, they say — and Thursday night, Ponchatoula’s winning streak in District 6-5A came to a stop.
Fritz Walker had a pair of touchdowns and Parker and Cody Orgeron each threw for touchdowns in Mandeville’s 31-27 win over Ponchatoula at Sidney Theriot Stadium.
The loss for Ponchatoula (4-1, 1-1) snapped a 15-game regular-season winning streak for the Green Wave. Ponchatoula’s last-regular season loss came Nov. 1, 2013, at St. Paul’s.
“The shout-out goes to my offensive line for keeping me safe the entire game,” Orgeron said. “I had plenty of time to throw the football and only had to make a few plays on my feet. Mix that with the fact that I have the most talented receivers I have ever worked with, and we have a very good offense. I have been around the game my entire life with my dad (LSU assistant coach Ed Orgeron), and I know as a quarterback your job is to make your receivers make you look good. Credit to them for doing that tonight.
“They make it happen.”
Down 24-14 after Joseph Bulovas 27-yard field goal, Jeb Kraft scored on a one-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 24-21.
Looking to put the game away, on fourth-and-three, Parker Orgeron bobbled the snap on a field-goal attempt but turned it into a 10-yard touchdown pass to make it 31-21.
Trailing 14-7, Cody Orgeron connected with his twin brother Parker for a 74-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14.
Cody Orgeron finished the game 19-of-29 for 201 yards and two touchdowns while Parker led the Skippers with 137 yards on six catches and a touchdown.
“I know where my brother is at all the time on the field,” Cody said of Parker. “I can throw the ball with my eyes closed and I know he will come down with it. I think it is just a twin thing. Not many people can understand it. It is just chemistry.”
Forcing a Ponchatoula fumble on the ensuing possession, Cody Orgeron found Walker for a 22-yard touchdown to give the Skippers a 21-14 halftime lead.
After forcing the Green Wave to punt on their opening possession, the Skippers took an early 7-0 lead after a one-yard touchdown run from Walker capped off a 10-play, 62-yard drive. The drive included a 12-yard Cody Orgeron to Connor Lockhart on fourth down.
Ponchatoula immediately answered with a nine-play, 80-yard drive of its own, capped off by a 3-yard touchdown run by Juan Gross. Carson Wyld missed the extra point to keep Ponchatoula behind 7-6.
Gross scored from 18 yards out on the next possession for the Green Wave and a two-point conversion made it 14-7 Green Wave.
The Skippers (4-1, 2-0) hit the road next week to take on Northshore while the Green Wave stay on the road and travel to take on Slidell.