In a game featuring running attacks that both coaches proudly called “smash mouth,” it was the passing tandem of Chase Fourcade and David Hensley that lit up the scoreboard as Rummel defeated Covington 48-0 at Joe Yenni Stadium on Saturday night.
The Raiders, ranked No. 1 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Super 10 Large School rankings, jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead as Fourcade found Hensley for three scores. The Raiders are ranked No. 14 nationally by Max Preps.
Fourcade finished with 224 yards passing, completing 9 of 16 passes. Hensley caught eight and Fourcade’s numbers could have been better if not drops by other receivers.
“I was really happy with the way Chase threw the ball,” coach Jay Roth said. “I thought we had too many drops.”
Rummel scored on its second offensive play when Kristan Fulton ripped between guard and tackle for a 51-yard touchdown run. It was an indication of how the Raiders would dominate line play against the Lions (1-1, No. 10 in the Advocate Super 10).
“We executed well on both sides of the line tonight,” Roth said.
Rummel produced 544 total yards and finished the game with eight plays that gained more than 20 yards.
After Tucker’s run Covington’s run-focused defense was victimized by the Raiders’ big play passing game.
Less than two minutes into the game,Tucker’s run made it 7-0.
On the first TD pass, Hensley split double coverage and Fourcade drilled in a perfect pass from the 12.
But, it was the second of the three scoring passes that was an eye-opener.
With the Raiders at their own 27, Fourcade rolled to his left, straightened up and threw the ball from near his own 20 to Hensley who was in full stride when he caught it at Lions’ 21. The pass traveled about 60 yards in the air.
“Last week against (University) High and some good athletes, we played it kind of close to the vest,” Roth said. “I wanted to spread it out.
“It’s something I wanted to see. I was happy with the execution.”
Hensley went in untouched and the Raiders led 21-0 before the first quarter ended.
Halfway through the second period, Fourcade capped a 95-yard drive with an 18-yard scoring toss to Hensley. It was 27-0.
Maurice Bailey broke free for a 50-yard gain that set up the Raiders’ fourth score. He added a 5-yard touchdown run to make it 34-0 with five minutes left in the third period.
Reserves Keirell Jackson (24 yards) and Dwan Trufant (46) broke through gaping holes for touchdowns in the fourth period.
Covington produced only eight first downs and the Raiders were able to hold the Lions’ star runner, Devin Brumfield, to 76 yards on 23 carries.