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Lions tame Bears, 51-6

Covenant Christian's Lenard Calloway (1) finds some running room during Friday's game against Higland Baptist. (Photo by Christian Lovell/Correspondent)

Big plays were the key for the Covenant Christian Academy Lions offense Friday night.

Scoring plays of 73, 75, 60, 58, 44 and 20 yards sparked a Lions offense that accumulated 546 yards in the 51-6 nondistrict win at Nicholls State's John L. Guidry Stadium.

"That's our offense. With this team we have we want to run the football," Covenant Christian coach Blyght Wunstell said. "It starts up front. They did a good job of picking up blitzes and opening holes for the backs."

Highland Baptist (1-2 overall) opened the game driving the ball down to the Lions 4-yard line, however the stingy Lions defense halted the Bears offense without a score.

Highland coach Artie Liuzza said seeing the way his team was able to sustain drives against the Lions defense was a step in the right direction for his team.

"Having sustained drives against a team like (Covenant Christian) is going to be tough," Liuzza said. "Overall, I was pleased with how we were able to do some things (Friday night). There is a lot we can learn from a game like this. We're still a young team and still learning some things."

Once the Lions offense took the field, it took them only six plays to put the first points on the board as a 60-yard run by Jordon McKay (six carries, 120 yards, two touchdowns) gave Covenant Christian a 7-0 lead with 3:25 to play in the first quarter.

After forcing the Bears to punt in the second, the Lions (3-0) offense needed just one play, a 73-yard touchdown run by Mark George (11 carries, 157 yards, two touchdowns), to take a 13-0 lead with 11:44 to play in the second quarter following a missed extra point.

A Highland Baptist fumble on the Lions' 24-yard line eventually led to the Lions' final score of the first half. Lenard Calloway (three carries, 104 yards, touchdown) out-ran the defenders untouched 75 yards to put Covenant Christian in the lead 20-0 at the 7:18 mark.

Covenant Christian opened the second half with the same big plays they had in the first half. McKay found pay dirt again, this time from 58 yards out only 58 seconds into the third quarter to increase the Lions' lead to 26-0 following another missed extra point.

Following a failed fake punt, the Lions offense went back to work and had yet another big play. George escaped a sure tackle and raced down the sideline for 44 yards, to put the Lions ahead 32-0 with 5:31 to play.

The Lions added yet another score, a 20-yard run by Lorenzo Barrow (two carries, 78 yards), to take a 39-0 lead with 2:42 to play in the third following the extra point.

Barrow added another score (58 yards) in the fourth quarter to put the Lions ahead 45-0 with 9:16 to play in the game.

On the ensuing Bears possession, it was the Lions defense that took matters into its own hands. Logan Jordan's pass was intercepted by Datren Williams and returned 53 yards for the final Lion score of the night.

The failed extra point made it 51-0 with 6:10 to play in the game.

"We were hitting on all cylinders," Wunstell said. "Playing against the Wing-T, you have to be a discipline defense, and we were very disciplined team. I couldn't be prouder of these guys."

Highland Baptist scored its lone points of the game on a 26-yard halfback pass from Gary Roberts to Dylan Blair with 26 seconds to play. The two-point conversion failed and the Lions secured the 51-6 win.

The Bears were led offensively by Zach Gibbons, who finished with 14 carries for 64 yards. As a team, they finished with 214 total yards.