- Feature Story
- Game Recap
- NCL Staff
- November 14, 2016 - 6:17am
St. Paul’s quarterback Johntae McDowell tossed four touchdown passes as the Wolves eliminated Shaw with a 44-14 win over the Eagles in the opening round of the Division I playoffs Friday in Covington.
The Eagles, the 13 seed, saw their season end at 1-10. St. Paul’s, the No. 4 seed, will face No. 5 Evangel, a 59-9 winner over Holy Cross, the No. 12 seed.
St. Paul’s scored on its first three possessions of the game, two ended in touchdown passes by McDowell.
The Wolves (10-1) got their first touchdown on a 32-yard pass from McDowell to Grant Groch.
St. Paul’s made it 14-0 on a 1-yard run by Zack Gallagher.
McDowell, who was 14 of 16 passing for more than 200 yards, hooked up with Mat Meyers on a 25-yard touchdown pass with slight more than nine minutes remaining in the second quarter for a 21-0 lead. The score was set up by Paul Gremillion’s interception of a Pete Taylor pass.
A punt pinned the Eagles at their own 1-yard line late in the first half. Taylor fumbled the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety to make it 23-0 with 10 seconds remaining in the first half.
Meyers returned the free kick to the Shaw 34-yard line with three seconds left in the quarter. McDowell tossed the ball into the end zone and T.J. Bedford came up with the catch to give the Wolves a 30-0 halftime lead.
The Wolves built a lead of 44-0 before Shaw came up with two late scores on Taylor touchdown passes of 35 yards to Paul Snowden and 4 yards to Chris Gilmore.