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Lions get first LHSAA district victory

Covenant Christian Academy running back Jordan McKay (5) outruns Ecole Classique's Sean Sturgis for a 16-yard touchdown during Friday's District 9-1A game in Metairie. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)

METAIRIE — Covenant Christian Academy put on an overpowering performance in its first district game as a member of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.

The Lions took apart District 9-1A opponent Ecole Classique 42-0 on Friday night at John Themis Stephens Memorial Stadium to improve to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in district.

"This is something we've looked forward to since we started football here. It's four years in the making," Lions coach Blyght Wunstell said. "I told the guys this week that you have a chance to make history. Let's make it count. They responded to the challenge. I couldn't be prouder of this football team."

The Lions offense gained 349 total yards (254 rushing, 95 passing), while the defense held the Spartans offense to minus 2 yards (-9 rushing, 7 passing).

"I was pleased with the overall performance: special teams, offense and defense," Wunstell said "It was a good team win."

Ecole Classique (0-3, 0-1 district) gave the Lions the game's initial points on the opening possession. The snap went over the head of Spartans punter Christian Contreras, and he fell on the ball in the end zone for a safety.

Covenant Christian almost scored on its first play from scrimmage when Jordan McKay (two rushes, 68 yards, two TDs) appeared to run for a 64-yard touchdown. However, the referees ruled he dropped the ball before crossing the goal line and Ecole recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

McKay made amends on the Lions next play, sprinting 52 yards for touchdown. The point after by Larry Lasseigne was good, giving Covenant Christian a 9-0 lead with 7:32 left in the first quarter.

McKay was dazzling on his second scoring run. With a third-and-goal from the 16, he took the handoff and ran around the right end.

Trapped near the sideline, he reversed field, outrunning the entire Spartans defense into the left corner of the end zone. Lasseigne missed the PAT, keeping the Lions ahead 15-0 with 43.5 seconds left in the first quarter.

"We played a lot better this week than we did last week (in a 35-0 loss to Houma Christian)," Spartans coach Maurice Gernhauser said. "We actually made a few defensive plays. We held the ball a little while on offense. We were just outmatched talent wise and by numbers."

The referees and coaches agreed to go to a running clock midway through the second quarter because the undermanned Spartans were losing players to injuries.

Lions quarterback Brock Wunstell (5-of-7, 95 yards, two touchdowns) threw two second-quarter-touchdown passes. The first was a dump off to McKay who galloped 33 yards for a score. Then Wunstell found Ronkaz Alvis on a 7-yard slant to give the Lions a 28-0 advantage after the missed PAT.

"We needed to address our passing game. We threw the ball seven times, which is the most we've ever done (this season)," Wunstell said. "We're going to continue to work on that in the weeks to come."

On the last play of the first half, Lenard Calloway (three rushes, 115 yards) plowed through the middle of the Spartans defense on a 22-yard touchdown run for a 35-0 Lions lead.

With the second unit in, Covenant Christian scored once after intermission. Callan Bourg (six rushes, 44 yards) rumbled 28 yards around the left end for the final touchdown.

"Thankfully (Coach Wunstell) took out his bigger guys. It allowed us to sit our starters who were hurt and running out of gas," Gernhauser said.

With Covenant Christian's first district win in the books, it will play all district games for the rest of the season and Coach Wunstell said he is confident his Lions are ready for the week-to-week grind of district play.

"Obviously, it's going to get tougher as the season goes on," he said "We need to stay disciplined, continue to improve, hopefully compete for a district championship and move on to the postseason."