Washington is wearing out offenses

St. Paul's has one of the stoutest defenses in Louisiana and free safety Jay Washington - just a sophomore - has been a terror in the Wolves' secondary.

15 points.

That's the largest output that any school has managed against 7-0 St. Paul's and its rugged defensive unit, which includes four-star senior DT Mickey Johnson, senior LB Tyler Tourelle, and sophomore FS Jay Washington.

Opponents of St. Paul's are averaging a measly eight points per game, and the Wolves blanked Northshore (Slidell, La.) by a score of 40-0 last Friday night.

Washington is third on the team in tackles, having notched 26 stops (23 of which are solo). The hard-hitting underclassmen has also intercepted a pass and forced three fumbles.

"I asked our coach (Ken Sears) if I could come up more in run support," said Washington, "and I had 10 tackles and a forced fumble two weeks ago against Slidell (38-7 SPS win).

"That was an exciting game and I also had two forced fumbles against Northshore. The first one (against Northshore) was on a screen. I caught the receiver on the sideline and put my helmet on the ball. The second one was on a punt return, where I hit the guy on the sideline."

For all intents and purposes, the District 7-5A title is on the line this week when the Wolves entertain Ponchatoula (6-1, 4-0).

"Their offense is like Central's offense," said Washington. "Ponchatoula runs the veer and we have to shut it down. I think we have the veer down pat after facing it earlier in the season."

How does Washington feel about playing alongside two senior stars such as DT Mickey Johnson and WR Jermaine Sams (SMU commit)?

"Mickey is somebody that you can count on to get into the backfield," he said, "and with Jermaine - our quarterback can throw the ball up and he'll go get it with his speed. We've been running the ball more this year, but he's still had some big catches."

St. Paul's may be undefeated, but the Covington school is not receiving as much media attention as some other 5A programs, such as West Monroe and St. Thomas More.

"Coach Sears says not to worry about all that," Washington said. "He said that's bologna and we just need to play our game and get to the Dome."

With numerous college scouts attending St. Paul's games, it's no surprise that Washington has caught the eye of recruiters.

"Our coach told me that LSU was at the game to watch Mickey on Friday and that they were impressed by me," said Washington. "They want to get some film on me."


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