Slidell held Fontainebleau to 92 total yards in a dominating 27-3 victory in a District 6-5A game Friday on Senior Night at Slidell.
The Tigers (5-4, 2-4) limited the Bulldogs to 20 yards rushing on 18 carries.
“I can’t say enough about our defense, especially against a high powered offense like them,” Slidell coach Larry Farve said. “If it wasn’t for that early turnover, we would have had the shutout.”
On the second offensive play of the game, the Tigers’ Kain Mitchell fumbled, and Jacob Olivari recovered for the Bulldogs.
The Slidell defense stiffened and forced a 22-yard field goal by Tyler Olivier. The score gave Fontainebleau a 3-0 lead with 8:35 left in the first quarter.
Slidell led 13-3 at halftime but put the game away with touchdowns on its first two possessions of the second half.
The Bulldogs (4-5, 2-4) only rushed for 6 second-half yards.
“Give credit to the Slidell defense. They did a great job” Fontainebleau coach Mike Materne said. “Slidell came to play, we didn’t. Next week is do-or-die for us.”
Kyron Smith scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers on top for good. Evan Barbot added the extra point to make the score 7-3 with 6:08 remaining in the first half. The three-play drive was keyed by 63-yard pass from Wayne Griffin to Lionel Craig.
Craig set the Tigers up when he intercepted Hunt Thompson at the Tigers’ 49-yard line.
Six plays and 51 yards later, Justin Legier scored on a 3-yard touchdown burst. Barbot’s extra point was blocked by Hunter Bastion as the Tigers grabbed a 13-3 lead with 1:11 left in the first half.
Slidell had 111 of its 191 total yards through the air. The Slidell defense held the Bulldogs to just 50 total yards in the first half.
Griffin extended the lead to 20-3 on a sneak from a yard out. Barbot added the extra point with 5:01 to go in the third quarter.
The score capped off an 11-play, 38-yard drive that took 5:11 off of the clock.
Jalin Evans caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Griffin to extend the lead to 27-3 with 10:09 to go in the game. The score capped another 11-play drive, covering 80 yards.
Evans also led the Slidell defense with two of the team’s three sacks.
“This was a team effort” Evans said. “Everybody came together and did their job. Next week will be a big game, and we will be pressing them. We play every game the same way — smash mouth football.”
Griffin completed 4 of 10 passes for 136 yards. The Slidell run game produced 195 of the team’s 340 total yards. Smith led Slidell with 76 yards rushing on 21 carries.
“Griffin got us going with the deep ball,” Farve said. “We knew they were going to be like every other team and stack the box against us. We knew we would be able to take some shots down the field. When we made a few big plays downfield, it opened up our passing game.”