St. Augustine’s Cyril Crutchfield has won three state titles in his 15 seasons as a head coach, including stops at Port Sulphur, South Plaquemines and Landry high schools.
In all of those years as odd as it may sound, Crutchfield said he has never attempted a field goal.
That changed Saturday night when Apprecio Wiggins lined up and kicked what proved to be the game-winner in St. Aug’s 15-13 victory over John Curtis.
Wiggins’ game-winning kick, which came with 6:13 left, was a 27-yarder.
It was originally supposed to be a 22-yarder, but an illegal substitution penalty on the Puprle Knight moved the ball back 5 yards. Crutchfield called the penalty a blessing in disguise.
“I really believe in divine power and the ball was on the right hash and it was really a bad angle at first,” Crutchfield said. “We had an extra point to get blocked early and was trying to make a substitution and got penalized, and that actually gave us a better angle.”
Crutchfield said he was calm as Wiggins kicked.
“Yeah, piece of cake,” Crutchfield said jokingly. “But after I saw him kick it and the ball elevated, I knew it was good. Us coaches are in the toughest profession. If he had missed it people would’ve questioned my decision to try it since I had never kicked one. I’m proud of my kids just for hang in there and to battle and come out with the victory.”
It was the second straight year St. Aug beat Curtis. The victory snapped the Patriots’ 11-game winning streak.
Rummel remains ranked
Just two short weeks ago, three teams from the New Orleans area were ranked in The USA Today Super 25.
Rummel is the only one of those three that still remains.
The Raiders (5-0) remain at No. 13 after beating Dutchtown 37-6 on Friday.
John Curtis, which was ranked No. 16, fell out of the rankings this week after Saturday’s 15-13 loss to St. Aug.
Warren Easton was ranked two weeks ago, but fell out of the rankings after a 28-21 loss to Woodlawn.
Rummel begins Catholic League play on Saturday at 7 when it play Shaw at 7 p.m. at Tad Gormley Stadium.
While Rummel has been ranked nationally by USA Today all season, the Raiders cracked the CBS MaxPreps National Composite Football Rankings, released Tuesday.
The Raiders are ranked No. 24 in that ranking.
In order to be considered in the composite rankings, a team must be ranked in two of the following four national polls(MaxPreps Xcellent 25 rankings, MaxPreps Computer Rankings, USA Today Super 25 and Prep Nation’s National Prep Poll.)
Rummel is 22nd in PrepNation’s National Prep Poll.
Country Day Invitational
The Country Day Maggie Millet Invitational Volleyball Tournament will be played Friday and Saturday. Matches will be played at Country Day and at Pontiff Playground.
The 18-team field includes seven teams in The New Orleans Advocate’s rankings.
Teams in the field ranked in the small school rankings are: (2) Country Day, (4) John Curtis, (8) Northlake Christian and (10) De La Salle.
Ranked large schools are (2) Domincan, (5) Northshore and (8) Slidell.