On a night when Brother Martin’s passing game sputtered, and Coach Mark Bonis was only happy “that we won No. 7,” his team was still quite offensive.
Credit for Friday’s 42-10 victory over Holy Cross to offensive tackle Rory Luke’s “the brotherhood.” And, of course, “our two guys”.
Luke and the rest of the Crusaders line opened up holes and the two guys, running backs Jared West (174 yards) and Brian Jordan-Swilling (153) broke loose for 327 of Brother Martin’s 435 yards rushing in the District 9-5A game at Tad Gormley Stadium.
The Crusaders (7-0, 2-0 have scored 290 points and are averaging 41.4 points, a pace that would eclipse all school scoring records. The most points scored were the 381 by the 1989 team and that came in 15 games. The highest points per game average was the 29.6 compiled in 2004.
But Bonis’ discussion points after the game focused on “a terrible week of preparation” and a first half in which he thought his team “was flat. We can’t have that happen.
“Our timing was off a bit. I’m happy with the win, but we’ve got to do better than that.”
Quarterback Jake Broggi was 9 of 20 passing and at the game’s outset he overthrew three receivers.
Holy Cross (4-3, 0-2) jumped to a 3-0 advantage and the two teams swapped leads until the first half’s only turnover switched momentum in Brother Martin’s favor.
The momentum shift occurred with six minutes left in the half. A fumble by Holy Cross quarterback Kyle Hunter after a 24-yard run was recovered at the Crusader 36, and Roderic Teamer recovered for Martin.
Brother Martin, ranked No. 8 in the LSWA poll and No. 6 in the Advocate’s Large School Super 10, turned the opportunity into a 21-10 advantage.
It was a 15-yard run by West that finished the 64-yard drive, but it was no ordinary 15-yard run. West cut off the right side, cut back to the middle of the field as he fought through the second level of defenders, then sprinted to the left sideline and dodged the Tigers’ secondary.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Luke had a good view. “He was all over the place,” Luke said. “That was a great run. But those guys (West and Jordan-Swilling) do a great job. We’ve got a brotherhood up front, and those guys make it easy.”
Martin has achieved its first 7-0 start under Bonis and the school’s first since the 2008 team went 8-0 in the regular season and then won a Catholic League championship.
“I think we can ride the running game all the way to (a) district (championship),” Luke added.
Hunter started in place of regular quarterback Kyle Schexnayder, who injured an ankle last week against Jesuit.