Rummel utilized a dominant defense last year, which allowed 11.8 points per game during the regular season, to march through the Catholic League with an undefeated record before being upset in the playoffs by eventual state champion Jesuit.
The team may have lost a few key cogs from last year’s team because of graduation, but nothing about the defense’s dominance changed in the school’s annual Pie Bowl on Friday.
The Pie Bowl is a intrasquad scrimmage that stipulates the captains of the winning team delivers a pie to the face to the losing team’s captains.
Neither offense scored a touchdown during the scrimmage, but Chase Fourcade, the captain for the Red team converted a phantom field goal (by getting inside the 20-yard line) on the second drive of the day, which was all that was needed to seal a 3-0 victory.
And with the win, Fourcade received the honors of delivering a pie to the face of cornerback Kristian Fulton, one of the White team’s captains.
“I hate losing, that was the worst part about it,” joked Fulton, still wiping some of the whipped cream from his face. “But I think overall we did a great job on the defensive side, only allowing three points in the whole scrimmage. Everybody worked hard, and we played as a team.”
The White and Red teams combined to force four turnovers in the scrimmage and held each offensive unit to limited opportunities in the red zone.
Backup quarterback Jacob Palma had two scoring opportunities thwarted with interceptions in the red zone, and Fulton intercepted Fourcade’s Hail Mary in the end zone to end the first half.
“I thought the defense looked really good today on both sides. Those guys kept making big plays when they needed them,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “It was a defensive battle, so I’ll take it.”
Rummel is hoping that Fourcade can pick up where he left off in the Pie Bowl once the season begins in the fall and continue leading the team in close games.
The soon-to-be senior is headed into his third season as the starter at Rummel and he said his experiences over the years have prepared him to provide whatever the team will need from him going into next year, whether it be leading the team with his play or with his words.
“I’m just more confident in my role now,” Fourcade said. “I know how to run all of our plays, and what all our guys can do. So my job is to just make sure everyone is having fun, and they’re involved in the game.”
Fourcade added Rummel has had some additional motivation during the offseason after having their run for three state titles in a row end with their 28-14 semifinal loss to Jesuit last year.
“It’s been our motivation this whole offseason,” Fourcade said. “We’re setting our goals, now and we’re looking forward to coming back on June 1 and beginning our summer workouts, so we can start building toward the season.”
Two of the notable nonparticipants in Friday’s scrimmage were defensive lineman Briston Guidry and running back Israel Tucker.
Roth said Guidry had been held out of all spring practices with an ankle injury, and Tucker is still in the process of recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered in Rummel’s jamboree last year against St. Paul’s.
Roth said he expects both to be fully healthy by the beginning of the season.