The Catholic League is considered by many to be one of — if not the — toughest district in the New Orleans area over the past few years, but Rummel certainly hasn’t made it look that way.
The Raiders (9-1, 6-0 in 9-5A) knocked off St. Augustine 30-12 on Saturday at a rain-soaked Joe Yenni Stadium to lock up the team’s second straight undefeated District 9-5A title in as many years on Saturday afternoon.
“We went through the gauntlet in pre-district and the Catholic League, which this year was one of the toughest leagues I’ve seen in many years top to bottom,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said.
“Now the challenge is after playing in this tough league, we’ll probably have to see some of those (same) teams again in the playoffs, but we’ll enjoy this for now.”
Rummel, ranked No. 1 in both The New Orleans Advocate’s Large Schools Super 10, the LSWA’s Class 5A poll and the LHSAA’s Division I power poll, only allowed one opponent to score more than 14 points the entire season and its only loss came in a road game in New Jersey against Don Bosco Prep.
The Raiders will get the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the Division I select playoffs, which begin next week.
Leading 12-9 in the second period, Rummel scored the last two TDs of the quarter for a 23-12 halftime lead and added third-quarter touchdown to ice it.
“I think the difference was the end of the first half,” St. Aug coach Al Jones said. “We gave up a touchdown that gave them a two-touchdown lead and we just never recovered from that.”
Rummel was knocked off in the semifinals of the 2014 Division I playoffs by eventual state champion Jesuit.
“I told my guys before the game that it’s going to be wet in those trenches and I hope they know how to swim,” joked Rummel defensive lineman and Arkansas commitment Briston Guidry, who finished the game with 1.5 sacks with a fumble forced and recovered.
“We don’t want to focus too much on what happened last season, we just have to get our rest next week and be prepared for whomever we have to play after the bye.”
St. Augustine quarterback Justice McCoy came into Saturday with the reputation as maybe the most explosive quarterback in District 9-5A, but Rummel quarterback Chase Fourcade made all the plays Saturday.
The senior completed 12 of 20 passes for 216 yards and three touchdown passes despite the soggy weather. Senior receiver David Hensley was his favorite target, finishing with five catches for 135 yards and Jamar Chase added four catches for 51 yards and two scores.
“It’s been our No. 1 goal since the beginning of the season to be the Catholic League champs again,” said Fourcade, a Nicholls State commitment. “Our guys came out and fought hard today, and it’s a great accomplishment to win one of the toughest leagues in the state back-to-back years.”
The Purple Knights (2-8, 2-4) struggled dealing with a combination of Rummel’s stout defense and the rain the entire day, turning the ball over twice and punting seven times.
McCoy couldn’t get the offense going and finished 6-of-18 for 49 yards with an interception.
The Purple Knights only managed 116 total yards.
St. Aug will head into the Division I playoffs as a No. 10 seed and will play against the No. 7 seed next week.