Mandeville coach Guy Lecompte is famously protectively of his field at Sidney Theriot Stadium. Having to spend a season on the road a few years back because the grass didn’t sprout will do that to you.
But he probably didn’t mind the turf being chewed up Thursday because of heavy rains before and the intermittent showers during the first half of a much-needed 28-7 District 6-5A victory against neighboring Fontainebleau.
The Skippers (2-3, 1-1) were coming off a 35-19 loss to Ponchatoula in their district opener and were going against a Fontainebleau team that was off to a good start, including a 35-20 victory against Hammond in its league opener.
But Mandeville was dominant from start to finish on both sides of the ball as the Skippers beat the Bulldogs for the sixth straight time.
“It’s been a little frustrating before tonight,” senior linebacker Matthew Scanlon said. “But we kept it together and had our heads held high. There was no way we were falling apart.”
Parker Orgeron ran for four touchdowns and the Skippers defense was dominant, allowing just two first downs and 2 net yards through the first three quarters.
It was 20-0 at halftime as the Skippers limited the visitors to 9 yards and converted a pair of turnovers into scores.
Scanlon had a 49-yard interception return to the Fontainebleau 6 to set up Orgeron’s TD run on the first play of the second quarter and a sack/caused fumble by Blake Degioanni with the recovery by Kyle Snyder at the 20 led to 2-yard scoring run by Orgeron.
Oregon’s first touchdown came on a 10-yard run that followed a short punt and a 19-yard gainer from Joseph Bulovas to Conner Lockhart late in the first quarter.
An interception by Michael Niedermair on the first play of the third quarter led to Orgeron’s final TD, this one also from the 2.
Fontainebleau avoided the shutout on Mason Blocker’s 30-yard TD pass to Hunter Bastion in the fourth period.
“It was a sloppy game with a lot of penalties and lot of mistakes,” Lecompte said. “But our kids played hard, especially on defense. No question the defense did a great job and our coaches did a great job of preparing them. This did tear up our field a little bit, but we’re not worried about that tonight.”