The Rummel football team played one of the toughest schedules in the state last season.

In addition to its Catholic League slate, the Raiders played nondistrict games against East St. John, Hahnville, Acadiana, Catholic and Dutchtown.

So it would be pretty hard to beef up the schedule any more than that, right?

Wrong.

“I’d have to say this year’s schedule is harder than that one,” said Rummel coach Jay Roth.

Rummel’s 2015 schedule includes a trip to New Jersey to play one of the nation’s premiere programs in Don Bosco (N.J.) Prep in the Centennial Classic.

St. John Bosco (Calif.) will play St. Peter’s (N.J.) Prep in the other game of the classic.

The game will be played in the fourth week of the LHSAA season Saturday, Sept. 26.

“We will be playing one of the top programs in the nation,” Roth said. “They are perennially ranked nationally. We are going to enjoy the trip and take in some sites. We will try to make it educational, plus play some football.”

It will be the second of back-to-back out of state trips for Rummel.

The Raiders will travel to Mississippi the week before that to play Wayne County, one of the top schools in that state.

Rummel’s last out-of-state trip was also to Mississippi, when it played in the 1971 Shrimp Bowl.

The rest of Rummel’s predistrict schedule includes games against University High, Covington, and Franklinton.

Northlake girls, boys No. 1

The Northlake Christian boys and girls soccer teams are ranked No. 1 in the latest LHSAA power rankings for Division III schools.

The girls team is 12-4-1 after Friday’s win over Pope John Paul II, while the boys are 12-1-6 after beating Pope John Paul II 2-1.

Seventeen New Orleans-area schools are ranked in the top five in the power rankings.

Mount Carmel is ranked No. 1 in Division I girls, and are followed in that classification by local teams No. 2 Mandeville, No. 3 Dominican and No. 5 Fontainebleau.

In Division II girls, Ben Franklin is No. 3.

In Division III girls, Pope John Paul II is ranked third, followed by No. 4 Sacred Heart and No. 5 Hannan.

On the boys side, Mandeville is No. 2 in Division I, followed by (3) St. Paul’s, (4) Brother Martin and (5) Bonnabel.

In Division II boys, East Jefferson is No. 2 and Ben Franklin is No. 5.

Newman is ranked fourth in Division III.

Landry-Walker penalized

The Landry-Walker boys and girls basketball teams were penalized by the LHSAA for violation of a rule pertaining to the number of games played.

The teams violated rule 11.2.2.1, which states that a team shall be limited to 19 games plus three (3) tournaments or 18 games plus four (4) tournaments.

Both teams will be allowed to play in only three tournaments during the 2015-16 season.

The girls team was penalized $500 and the boys team was assessed a $1,000 penalty.

The boys’ team also violated the rule that limits teams to four games in a tournament.

Crescent City penalized

The Crescent City boys basketball team was penalized by the LHSAAfor a self-reported violation of rule 1.10.2 of the handbook.

That rule deals with eligibility for the second semester of the school year.

It states that “To be eligible for the second semester of the school year, a student shall pass at least six (6) subjects from the first semester.”

The school played two ineligible players in a game. Crescent City lost the game, so there was no forfeiture for the loss.

The students will be ineligible until they meet the requirements of the LHSAA Scholastic Rule. If or when they do become scholastically eligible, they must remain ineligible for one boys basketball contest or the same number of contests in which they participated in as ineligible students.