Mandeville held Slidell to 85 total yards in a 20-0 shutout victory over the Tigers in a District 6-5A contest on Friday at homecoming at Slidell.
“Our players do a great job preparing on defense” Mandeville coach Guy LeCompte said. “They did an unbelievable job tonight.”
The Tigers (4-4, 1-4) had 44 yards rushing on 29 carries and 41 yards passing for the game. Leading rusher Kain Mitchell was held to 22 yards rushing on 15 carries.
“Week after week, our defense is keeping us in games,” Slidell coach Larry Favre said. “But our offense is so young and so inexperienced. To gain less than 100 yards, well we got a lot of work to do. But I have to give all the credit to the Mandeville defense. They are a helluva defense.”
The Skippers (5-3, 4-1) forced the Tigers to punt on their opening possession. Mandeville then took its initial possession 73 yards in in plays taking 5:20 off of the clock. Joseph Bulovas connected with Brant Moisant on a 13-yard scoring toss. Parker Pastorello added the extra point to give Mandeville a 7-0 lead with 3:11 left in the first quarter.
Tigers quarterback Wayne Griffin’s only pass attempt of the game was intercepted by Malik Reimonenq and returned 18 yards for a Mandeville touchdown. Pastorello’s extra point increased the lead to 14-0 with 9:30 remaining in the first half.
Slidell rushed for 39 yards on 18 first-half carries. Tigers quarterbacks combined to 0-7 in the first half.
The Mandeville offense wasn’t much better, gaining just 29 yards rushing and 118 total yards in the first half.
The Tigers had a chance to score near the end of the first half. Jalin Evans recovered a Codie Nye fumble at the Skippers 24-yard line. But backup quarterback Terry Baham’s pass for Mitchell on fourth-and-6 at the Mandeville 20 fell incomplete in the end zone. Baham finished the game 6 of 13 for 41 yards.
Slidell attempted an onside kick to open the second half. The Tigers recovered the kick in the air but did not let it hit the ground first. Mandeville was awarded the ball and a 15-yard interference penalty.
The Skippers started on the Tigers’ 43, and six plays later, Pastorello kicked a 29-yard field goal to increase the lead to 17-0 with nine minutes to play in the third quarter.
Following another Slidell punt, the Skippers drove down the field, and Pastorello added a 30-yard field goal for the final margin.
Mandeville finished with 217 yards of offense. Bulovas completed 11 of 17 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. Parker Orgeron caught seven of those passes for 92 yards. Orgeron had 34 yards rushing on 11 carries to lead the Skippers.
The Tigers managed just five first downs in the game with two coming by way of penalties.
“Our defense is prepared every week” said Favre. “If you take away that early pick-six, we are right in the game early in the fourth quarter.”