Covington takes on District 6-5A unbeaten and rival St. Paul’s _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- St. Paul's quarterback Kenny Sears is pressured by Jesuit's defensive lineman Zack Robert last month at Tad Gormley Stadium.

In one of the longest standing rivalries in St. Tammany Parish, a pair of Covington programs are set for a matchup with district title ramifications.

Covington and St. Paul’s renew their rivalry Friday night at Hunter Stadium. Covington comes into the game 3-2 and 1-1 in District 6-5A, while the Wolves, who are ranked No. 8 in the latest New Orleans Advocate Large Schools poll, are 4-1 and 2-0 in district.

“Two good teams are going to play on Friday night,” Lions coach Greg Salter said. “There is going to be a lot of excitement in the community for this game, but that has to be irrelevant for us. This game will give us a chance to get back into the mix for a district championship.”

Since 2009 the Wolves have dominated the rivalry, winning five of the past six years. Covington’s lone win came in 2013 when they won 38-7.

However, with Ponchatoula’s loss to Mandeville last week, the race for the 6-5A crown has opened back up.

“In this district anybody can truly beat anybody else,” Salter said. “Until that last week it is always going to be tight and a shuffle for that top spot. Friday night’s game is going to give us a chance to really make our statement.”

The Lions are led by sophomore tailback Devin Brumfield. Brumfield has already rushed for 784 yards and nine touchdowns and is averaging 6.9 yards a carry.

“We as a coaching staff know Devin has a God-given gift,” Salter said. “But he doesn’t take that for granted. He works as hard as anybody. No matter what day of the week it is. He continues to push himself and gets the best out of the ability he has. He takes advantage of it, and we are certainly happy he is on our team.”

While Covington’s offense relies on Brumfield’s running, St. Paul’s is known for their high-powered passing attack. Kenny Sears Jr., the coach’s son, has had a strong senior season. Sears has completed 80 of 128 (63 percent) passes for 941 yards and 13 touchdowns to only two interceptions.

“I think it is real important for us to be able to stay in a rhythm in our passing game,” Wolves coach Ken Sears said. “These last two weeks we have played really well on offense and have been real consistent. To our team’s credit, though, we have also started to run the football well and have started to create balance. The rest of our offense clicks when we have a little bit more balance.”

A trio of wide receivers have been Sears’ favorite targets. Timothy Bedford has 15 catches for 256 yards and five touchdowns, Domnic Davenport has 14 catches for 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Matt Meyers has a team-high 17 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown.