Mandeville started the season winning just one of its first four games.

But since then, the Skippers have won three straight.

The key has been the defense, which has played solid for most of the season.

Mandeville has allowed just 17 total points in its past three games, victories over Fontainebleau, St. Paul’s and Hammond.

The team showed promise in its season opener when it held John Curtis to just two touchdowns in a 14-0 loss to the Patriots.

The defense is paced by linebacker Matthew Scanlon, who leads the metro area with 85 tackles.

Scanlon recorded 10 tackles, including three tackles for loss, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble last week against Hammond.

Defensive lineman Kyle Snyder had eight tackles (three tackles for loss), a sack and a forced fumble.

Michael Niedermair and Council Smith are second and third on the team in tackles with 41 and 36.

Mandeville (4-3, 3-1 in District 6-5A) will play at Slidell on Friday.

Ehret continues to dominate

The John Ehret defense continues to impress.

The Patriots yielded just 95 yards in its 55-12 victory over Bonnabel.

They allowed 61 rushing yards and just 34 passing yards in a victory that vaulted the team into The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 for the first time all season. (The Patriots are ranked No. 9).

Capers-Smith stays on roll

Easton quarterback Deshawn Capers-Smith threw his first interception of the season last week.

It didn’t matter though as the Eagles rolled to a 47-6 victory over McDonogh 35.

For the season, Capers-Smith has completed 116 of 185 passes for 2,303 yards and 19 touchdowns.

The 2,303 yards leads the state in passing.

Capers-Smith, who is committed to Texas A&M, is one of two local players (Lowell Narcisse of St. James is the other) to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark this season.

In addition to the state’s top passer, Warren Easton also boasts two of the state’s top receivers.

Tyron Johson, considered one of the nation’s top receivers, has caught 53 passes for 1,012 yards this season. Teammate Clyde Chriss has caught 25 passes for 646 yards and eight touchdowns.

He will look to add to that total on Saturday when Easton, ranked No. 5 in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 and No. 4 in Class 4A, plays Miller-McCoy at 2:30 Saturday at Pan American.

Rummel rankings

The Rummel Raiders remained ranked No. 11 in the USA Today Super 25.

It is the second straight week the Raiders have held the No. 11 spot and is one of several national rankings by Jay Roth’s team.

Rummel (7-0) is also ranked 20th in the MaxPreps Composite rankings, a ranking comprised of the team’s rankings in USA Today, the MaxPreps Excellent 25 (Rummel is 23rd) and Prep Nation (No. 23).

Rummel is also ranked No. 9 in the South in the CBA MaxPreps regional rankings.

The Raiders play Jesuit on at 7 p.m. Saturday at Yenni Stadium.