Fifteen minutes after Mandeville High School’s victory over crosstown rival St. Paul’s, proud parent and former NFL and college coach Ed Orgeron stood alone in the stands as he took a picture of the scoreboard that read Skippers 14, Wolves 7.
Ed’s son, Parker Orgeron, scored two second-half touchdowns and had 64 rushing yards to lead the Skippers to the victory at homecoming and Senior Night at Mandeville.
St. Paul’s had won 37 of its previous 38 district games.
“My offensive line was making holes for me,” Orgeron said. “We started running the ball more in the second half. Our offensive line was wearing them out. (The Skippers) were more physical than them.”
The Wolves’ loss coupled with Ponchatoula’s win over Covington leaves the Green Wave alone in first place with a 3-0 District 6-5A record.
Trailing 7-0 at halftime, Mandeville (3-3, 2-1) tied the score at 7-7 on a 2-yard touchdown scamper from Orgeron in the third quarter. Parker Pastorello added the extra point to cap a 13-play, 80-yard drive that took 5:30 off of the clock.
The Wolves (4-2, 2-1) had to punt on their ensuing possession.
The Skippers drove the ball 77 yards in just four plays and Orgeron scored from 11 yards out. Pastorello’s extra point gave Mandeville a 14-7 lead with 10:29 to go in the game.
St. Paul’s punted for the third time in the second half and Mandeville took over on its own 43-yard line with 7:22 to play in the game.
Thirteen plays later, the Skippers had run the clock out and the celebration was on. Orgeron gained 2 yards on fourth-and-1 with 2:29 left in the game at the Wolves 37.
“We were able to run the football well tonight,” Mandeville coach Guy LeCompte said. “Early on we had a lot of mistakes, but we were able to capitalize on big plays in the second half. Our defense has been outstanding most of the year and played exceptionally well tonight.”
St. Paul’s was held to 134 yards of total offense for the game and just 53 yards in the second half. The Wolves quarterback tandem of Ryan O’Krepki and Kenny Sears combined to complete 15 of 19 passes for the game but for just 69 yards.
The Wolves ran just 42 plays for the game with 19 coming in the second half.
“Their defense did a great job,” St. Paul’s coach Kenny Sears said. “Their offensive line played better than our defensive line.”
Mandeville rushed for 191 yards for the game with 132 coming in the second half. The Skippers were led by Codie Nye who rushed for 110 yards on 19 carries.
The Wolves managed 65 yards rushing for the game on 23 carries.
The only score of the first half came on a 10-play 95 yard drive by St. Paul’s. Jalen McClesky scored on a 12-yard touchdown run. Austin Means added the extra point to give St. Paul’s a 7-0 lead 8:42 left in the first half.
Neither team got much going in the first half with each gaining just 81 yards of total offense.
Penalties killed early drives for both teams as each team committed five first-half penalties.