Holy Cross didn’t have an answer for Mandeville’s stout defense and the Tigers were unable to score in a season-opening 16-0 road loss Friday night to the Skippers.
Mandeville’s defense forced five sacked and had an interception in the victory over the Tigers. Meanwhile, the Skippers came up with all of the points they would need in the first half.
Skippers defensive back Ian Braun intercepted a pass by Holy Cross quarterback Chandler Fields on the opening drive of the game, giving Mandeville excellent field position at the Tigers’ 40-yard line.
Mandeville quarterback scored Darren Steele scored on a 10-yard run to give the Skippers a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.
The Tigers (0-1) marched to the Skippers’ 39-yard line on the ensuing possession but on fourth down Mandeville’s Quan Marshall picked up the first of his two sacks in the game. The Skippers took advantage of the field position when Joe Bulovas kicked a 27-yard field goal with slightly more than one minute remaining in the first quarter to give Mandeville a 10-0 lead.
Still leading by 10 points late in the first half the Skippers found themselves deep in their own territory when a Holy Cross punt pinned Mandeville at the 13-yard line.
The Skippers (1-0) drove the length of the field thanks to Steele. The quarterback’s 65-yard scamper put Mandeville in scoring position, setting up his own 3-yard touchdown run for a 16-0 halftime lead that help up throughout the second half.
Mandeville’s defense held the Tigers to 160 yards of total offense, slightly more than 50 in the second half.
Steele topped 100 yards both rushing and passing. His favorite target, Lovelle Williams, topped 100 yards in receiving.