Ponchatoula took control of Friday night’s matchup with Covington from the very start.
After Jakyle Holmes returned the opening kickoff 94 yards, Christian Campbell scored on his team’s first play from scrimmage as the Green Wave beat up District 6-5A rival Covington 59-28 on Friday night.
Ponchatoula’s lightning-quick offense struck again on its ensuing possession when Campbell scored on the third play of the drive, a 53-yard touchdown run. David Nichols’ 56-yard interception return for a touchdown on Covington’s subsequent possession made it 21-0 Green Wave before the halfway point of the opening quarter.
Senior Timotheus Anderson later got in on the fun in the first quarter by scoring a 47-yard touchdown to make it 28-7 Ponchatoula.
Campbell’s third touchdown run, this time from 40 yards, was sandwiched between a 22-yard TD run by Brian Rodgers and a 6-yard TD carry by Anderson to make it 49-14 Ponchatoula at halftime.
Campbell, who has committed to Georgia Tech, finished with 181 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries.
“I think I can only remember maybe one other game where we got off to as quick of a start as we were able to do tonight,” Campbell said. “We just came out tonight and were dominant off the ball and at the line of scrimmage. If we just run the offense the way it is supposed to be run, this is how it is supposed to work.
“Once I come off my reads, I see the holes and they are just huge. It is my job to do what I’m supposed to do because everybody else is doing their job opening up the play. The further I get down the field, the faster I am get. When I am going, I get going.”
Ponchatoula remains unbeaten at 6-0 and 3-0 in league play. The Lions fell to 3-3 and 2-1.
Freshman tailback Devin Brumfield got the Lions on the scoreboard late in the first quarter, scoring on an 18-yard touchdown run. He added a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for the other Covington points of the half.
Joshua Bickham finished as the leading rusher for the Lions with 159 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Backup quarterback Marquell Hollins connected with Alonjai Earlycutt for a 34-yard touchdown early in the fourth.
Covington coach Greg Salter said his squad ran into a juggernaut.
“It didn’t start off the way we wanted to,” he said. “Football is a simple game. The team that blocks and tackles the best is going to be the team that puts itself in position best to win the game. They did, and we didn’t. Ponchatoula is a good team. We would have just liked to put forth a better effort and see what could have happened.”
Campbell said it was just the next step for his team.
“Our goal is to get better each week and every game we play, and I think we are doing that,” he said. “We are not settling for anything, and we are going to continue to work hard. We want to continue to prove how good of a football team we have.”