Two-time defending state champion Rummel ran through the St. Paul’s Wolves 31-14 Friday night in jamboree action.
The Raiders scored on every possession in the first half behind junior running back Maurice Bailey three rushing touchdowns.
Rummel took an early 3-0 lead on Justin Mourain’s 42-yard field goal, capping a six-play, 50-yard drive.
After forcing St. Paul’s to punt, the Raiders turned to the power running attack of juniors Maurice Bailey and Israel Tucker, who led the Raiders on a eight-play 82-yard drive, capped by quarterback Chase Fourcade’s 2-yard TD run.
The Bailey-Tucker combination proved effective again a possession later Rummel. Bailey had runs, of 8, 3 and 16 to set up a 4-yard touchdown made it 17-0.
The Raiders finished the first half by completing their first pass of the game, a 54-yard completion to Ashanti Wheatley. Bailey scored his second touchdown a play later, this time from 2 yards out to make it 24-0.
Bailey made it a three-touchdown night midway through the second half, scoring from 25 yards out to make it 31-7.
Tucker finished with 157 yards on eight carries while Bailey finished with 127 yards on 14 carries and three TDs.
“It was a great start for us as a team on both sides of the football,” Bailey said.
“I know for me I have to give all the credit to the offensive line. They were opening up holes for me and Israel all night long.
“We really felt as a team heading into this game that we could run the ball against St. Paul’s, and it was the game plan all week long. Luckily for us we were able to get that accomplished, but without the offensive line I couldn’t have gained a yard.
“Israel really got a lot of yards before I came into the game. He told me when he came to the sidelines that the holes are there, and it’s my job to just let the offensive line continue to do the work for us. He is one of best friends, and I trusted him. Things worked out well obviously.”
St. Paul’s first score came on its first possession of the second half when backup quarterback Kenny Sears connected with Brandon Eberts to make it 24-7. Sears added a late 15-yard touchdown pass to Jalen McCleskey to cut the lead to 31-14.
The Raiders open up the season next week against East St. John on the road, while St. Paul’s will host Karr.