By DAVE WOODALL
Tammany West Sports
On Homecoming night, Friday, October 18, at Jack Salter Stadium, the Covington Lions defense took center stage and pitched a 27-0 shutout against the Fontainebleau Bulldogs in District 6-5A action.
Covington (4-3, 3-1) found pay dirt on its second possession as Lion quarterback Dylan Savarese scrambled and found Jeremy Haar in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
The Bulldogs threatened to score late in the first quarter, but the Lion defense forced Kendrick Marquez to fumble at the Lion goal line after covering 15 yards on the run.
It was the first of four turnovers for the Bulldogs (3-4, 2-2).
Covington scored twice in the second quarter with the first one coming on a six-yard touchdown run by Clarence Sims.
The second score came on a Savarese to Sims touchdown pass that covered 79-yards to give Covington a 21-0 at halftime.
Covington’s final touchdown came in the third quarter on a 34-yard pass from Savarese to Haar.
With nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, Fontainebleau tried to get on the scoreboard but Tyler Olivier’s 38-yard field goal sailed wide left.
Covington was penalized 12 times for 130 yards in the game with one of the flags negating a 82-yard touchdown pass from Saverese to Haar.
It was one of three touchdowns the Lions had called back.
Saverese completed 10-of-16 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns.
Sims rushed for 166 yards on 23 carries scoring two touchdowns while Haar caught two balls and scored two touchdowns.
Levi Friend led the Lion defense with 15 tackles and was followed by Hewson Knight who had 11 tackles.
Fontainebleau hopes to rebound on Friday, October 25, traveling to take on the Ponchatoula Green Wave while Covington plays host to the St. Paul’s Wolves in a battle for a share of first place in the district standings.