PLAQUEMINE — Brother Martin quarterback Jake Broggi entered his senior season as a three-year starter for the Crusaders.
He made sure to get his final season off to a exciting start.
Broggi threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns on 15-for-24 passing in a 58-34 win over Plaquemine on Friday night, almost all of which came in the first half.
“He hasn’t gotten any (college) offers yet and … it’s ridiculous,” Brother Martin coach Mark Bonis said. “The kid can play. He’s the point guard of our offense.”
The Green Devils kept it close for the first few minutes, trading big plays with Brother Martin to push a 14-14 score less than five minutes in.
Both Green Devils scores came from first-year starting quarterback Austin Mitchell, who broke off runs of 54 and 66 yards. He finished with 151 yards on 16 carries and 87 yards on 6-for-13 passing.
When the Crusaders jumped ahead 21-14 with two minutes left in the first quarter on a 32-yard touchdown run by Bruce Jordan-Swilling, Bonis decided he had enough of the back-and-forth game.
Bonis called a successful onside kick that swung the momentum permanently in favor of Brother Martin.
“It was something we saw that we thought we might be able to get,” Bonis said. “We know how explosive they are offensively, and we just wanted to steal a possession.”
Broggi cooled off in the second half, letting Jordan-Swilling do most of the heavy lifting to slowly kill the clock.
Jordan-Swilling ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the second half as he battered the Plaquemine interior line for the remainder of the game, including a win-sealing, 55-yard touchdown run with just over five minutes to play.
He finished with 231 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries. Three of his four scores were from 20 yards or more.
The Green Devils didn’t let the Crusaders leave without making the night at least a little more interesting, though, putting together a pair of successful drives at the beginning of the second half.
Mitchell hit sophomore Cody Willis in the back of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown just three minutes into the period. Running back Wayne Toussant followed that with a score of his own on the next offensive drive from 25 yards.
Mitchell connected with Toussant on a 25-yard touchdown pass late in the game to cut the deficit to only 10 points, but that would eventually prove insignificant as the Crusaders tacked on two more scores, including Jordan-Swilling’s 55-yard burst.
“Austin did great — he broke two long runs in the game,” Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. “I’m proud of my guys being down 24-to-nothing at halftime, and we had the opportunity to cut it to one possession.”