It hasn’t happened in 22 years.
But for Corey Lambert, it seems like yesterday.
Lamberts remembers all too well the last time John Ehret beat Brother Martin in football.
It was a playoff game back in 1992.
Lambert, now the coach at Ehret, was playing quarterback for the Patriots that night, wearing No. 10 just like his Ehret predecessor Kordell Stewart in a playoff game.
He remembers New Orleans Mayor Sidney Barthelemy arriving at Tad Gormley Stadium in a limo to watch his son play for Brother Martin.
Lambert even recalls his stats that night.
“I rushed for 143 yards and was named Player of the Week that week,” Lambert recalled Wednesday. “They had beaten us earlier in the season and we wanted to get revenge so bad.”
Ehret won, but hasn’t beaten Brother Martin since.
And Lambert has made sure his players know it this week leading up to Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. clash at Gormley Stadium.
There is a reminder in the Patriots’ locker room about the 22-year drought. (The school’s haven’t played every season).
Lambert has also a reminder in there about 2007, the last time the Patriots started a season 2-0.
He thinks this team could end those droughts.
“What we have to do is continue playing Ehret football.” Lambert said. “We have to be patient for four quarters and play as one unit for four quarters. The minute we get out of our element and don’t do that, we are in trouble.”
Lambert’s team learned that lesson the hard way last season in a 22-19 loss to the Crusaders.
They led 19-10 in the second half before Brother Martin capitalized on a pair of Ehret miscues on special teams and scored the game-winning touchdown with 46 seconds remaining to continue its dominance over the Patriots.
“We are stressing to the team not to worry about the last play, but just worry about the next play,” Lambert said. “If we jump offsides or mess up, don’t worry about it. Just worry about the next play.”
If Week 1 is any indication, this one will come down to one thing.
Can Ehret’s stingy defense slow down Brother Martin’s potent running attack.
Ehret’s defense, paced by one of the nation’s top junior linebackers in Michael Divinity and teammate Robert Green, is downright nasty.
The unit picked off four passes and forced a fumble last week last week in a 75-0 trouncing over Cohen.
But Cohen is a long way from being Brother Martin.
The Crusaders piled up 443 rushing yards last week in its 49-28 season-opening win over Patterson.
Not bad considering it was the team’s first game without bulldozing lineman Will Clapp, now a freshman at LSU.
The 1-2 punch of Jared West and Bruce Jordan-Swilling combined for 423 of those yards. But it wasn’t a one-dimensional offense. Jake Broggi threw for 151 yards as well.
“Their two backs do a great job and their offensive line comes off the ball well just like they did last year,” Lambert said. “The key thing we tell our guys though is that Ehret can’t beat Ehret. If we play our football, we are in the game. We just have to be sound and play four quarters and have short-term memories.”
This should be a good one. (Actually one of two good ones at Gormley on Saturday with Karr and St. Augustine playing that night.)
I’ll give you two.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu won’t show up in a limo.
Crusaders squeak out win.
Brother Martin 21, Ehret 20.
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