By DAVE WOODALL
Tammany West Sports
It was a little closer than expected but thanks to a punishing ground game the Mandeville Skippers (5-2, 3-1) pulled out an important 19-6 District 6-5A over Hammond (2-5, 0-4) win and remained in striking distance of the league leading St. Paul’s Wolves who are 4-0 in district play.
James Treuting was a big factor in the game gaining 122 yards and scoring a touchdown to lead Mandeville to the victory on Friday night, October 18 in Mandeville.
The Skipper defense came up big shutting out the Tornado offense’s.
It was a struggle early for the Skipper offense who could only manage 36 yards in the first quarter.
But the second quarter saw Mandeville’s offense come to life.
Mandeville gained 118 yards in the second quarter to give the Skippers a 7-0 lead with 8:13 remaining.
In the drive, Nick Peters hauled in a 15-yard pass from Skipper quarterback Glen Cuiellette that set the ball up at the Tors 35-yard line.
On the next play, Cuiellette rushed for 29 yards on a quarterback draw down to the six-yard line.
Two plays later Peters took it in on a 6-yard scoring pass from Cuiellette. The PAT made it a 7-0 Skipper lead.
On their next series, the Skippers drove to the Hammond 23 before the drive stalled.
A Drew Graham 40-yard field goal attempt was wide left.
Hammond’s only score of the night came on the first play following the change of possessions.
Cuiellette was intercepted by Brett Sylve, and Sylve returned it 50 yards for a score.
The conversion failed, giving the Skippers a slim, one-point lead at 7-6 at halftime.
Mandeville abandoned its passing game getting their running attack going and it paid off.
Late in the third quarter Mandeville drove 46 yards to the Hammond 16.
But Cuiellette mishandled a snap that resulted in a 13-yard loss forcing Mandeville to settle for a 41-yard field goal by Parker Pastorello increasing the Skipper lead to 10-6 early in the fourth quarter.
On the first play following the kickoff, the snap from Hammond’s center went out of the end zone for a safety extending the Mandeville lead to 12-6.
For the final score of the night for Mandeville, Treuting rumbled for 27-yard touchdown giving the Skippers a 19-6 win.
Mandeville’s Chase Hammant intercepted two passes and Mandeville lost three fumbles and had two interceptions.
Jeremy Smith led Hammond with 90 yards on the ground.
Mandeville will continue district play on Friday, October 25, when they host the Slidell Tigers while Hammond will host the Northshore Panthers.