When Dutchtown scored a third-quarter touchdown and recovered a fumble on the ensuring kickoff, Archbishop Rummel coach Jay Roth was feeling déjà vu.
Instead, the top-ranked Raiders came through with a dominant 37-6 nondistrict victory over Dutchtown High on Friday night at Griffin Stadium.
“When we muffed that kickoff, I’m thinking, ‘Here we go again,’ ” Roth said, recalling Dutchtown’s 31-28, come-from-behind win in 2013. “We stopped that momentum change right there. I told our players when the season started, ‘It’s a three-part season.’ You take care of your first five, which I call the gauntlet. Then there’s the Catholic League and the playoffs. I’m happy with the way we took care of the first one.”
Top-ranked Rummel (5-0) used the strong play of its offensive and defensive lines to make a solid statement that included a balanced offense and a defensive touchdown.
Maurice Bailey led the way with 141 yards on 18 carries. Chase Fourcade completed 11 of 17 passes for 160 yards and a score in the Raiders’ second straight game against a Baton Rouge-area team.
Dutchtown (2-3) did manage 253 yards of offense but had three key chances to score stopped cold by the Rummel defense.
Brandt Fritsche completed 10 of 19 passes for 170 yards, while Jared Sparks was 3-of-6 for 65 yards and a TD.
“They’re a good football team,” Dutchtown coach Benny Saia said. “You don’t win two state championships without being a good football team. I’m proud of my guys; we battled and fought and clawed. I think we took some steps toward being a better football team tonight. If they take this personally the way I think they’ll take it, we’ll be a better football team down the road.”
Two big plays led to Rummel TDs in the first half. The Raiders controlled the line of scrimmage and made all of the big plays in the half.
Bailey ran 68 yards on the first scrimmage play, setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by Michael Mosley before some fans settled into their seats. The second time Rummel got the ball, Fourcade tossed a 44-yard TD pass to David Hensley. Rummel led 14-0 with 6:40 left in the first quarter.
It looked like the Griffins had an answer. Fritsche’s 47-yard pass to Johnathan Hodoh gave Dutchtown a first-and-10 at the ARHS 16. The Rummel defense slammed the door, and Mississippi State commitment Briston Guidry sacked Fritsche on fourth-and-10.
Mourain added a 37-yard field goal for Rummel in the second quarter to make it 17-0. The Raiders drove to the DHS 15 in the final minutes, but Justin Reid intercepted Fourcade with 5 seconds remaining.
Dutchtown got another big play — a 48-yard pass from Fritsche to Cornelius Washington. Four plays from the Rummel 23 netted a loss of 1 yard. From there, Rummel scored with lineman Austin Lavin recovering a fumble in the end zone.
“Our offensive line didn’t play that well last week, and we got on them pretty good,” Roth said. “We didn’t have a great week of practice, but tonight they came out and played real good. (Defensively) the front four did a real good job.”
Dutchtown got its score on a 48-yard pass from Jared Sparks to Averee York. Coney Durr recovered a fumble on the kickoff at the ARHS 14. Again, Dutchtown could cash in as a 36-yard field-goal try by Reid was off the mark.
Rummel drove 16 plays to score after that, burning more than 8 minutes off the clock.