Mandeville and St. Paul’s have been on a collision course every since they both defeated defending district champion Ponchatoula.
The Skipper and Wolves, the last two unbeaten teams in District 6-5A, are set to battle at 7 p.m. Friday at Sidney Theriot Stadium in Mandeville.
“This game obviously has ramifications in terms of deciding a district champion,” Wolves coach Ken Sears said. “The key for us is like it has been all season long. Come into the matchup prepared, and that comes from a good week of practice. When we do that, we play well. We are going to have to do that exact thing because we are playing a very good Mandeville squad.”
Both teams enter the game with 7-1 overall records. St. Paul’s is on a six-game winning streak, while the Skippers have won five straight. While the Skippers defeated St. Paul’s last season, the Wolves have won five of the past six meetings.
The winner of Friday’s matchup clinches at least a share of the district championship heading into the final week of the regular season.
St. Paul’s is led by senior quarterback and Northwestern State commitment Kenny Sears. The leader of the high-powered offensive attack, Sears has thrown for 1,695 yards and 20 touchdowns on 156-of-236 passes.
“Our whole squad is embracing the big-game week,” Sears said. “We know what is on the line Friday night. This is what you play the game for. We have been waiting all season for a game like this and embrace the chance we have given ourselves to capture a share of the district crown.”
Known for their passing attack, the emergence of sophomore running back Corey Williamson has also brought more balance in the Wolves attack. Williamson has rushed for 924 yards on 132 carries and 15 touchdowns.
“Corey’s emergence has opened up more dimensions for us offensively,” Ken Sears said. “The running game and the effectiveness of what Corey has been able to do for us has been a factor. It has opened up a bunch of different areas in our game. Now opponents have to respect him in addition to respecting our passing game. You can’t just do one thing defensively against us without giving up something else.”
Averaging 33 points a game themselves, the Mandeville offense has been equally as impressive. Led by twin brothers quarterback Cody and receiver Parker Orgeron, the Skippers haven’t scored less than 20 points in a game this season.
Both seniors, Cody has thrown for 1,598 yards and 19 touchdowns, and Parker has 730 yards receiving on 47 catches and 13 touchdowns.
“There is no question the relationship and connection those two have is hard to explain,” Skippers coach Guy Lecompte said. “I guess it has a lot to do with the fact that they are twins. I have caught myself asking Cody sometimes at practice how he knew Parker was going to break off a route. He says he just knew. I can’t explain it. They are on the same page and have been quite successful for us this season.”