Bruce Jordan-Swilling didn’t sleep a wink as Brother Martin made the hour-long trip from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, back to New Orleans on Friday night.
His cell phone wouldn’t have allowed him to even he wanted to.
The congratulatory text messages and tweets poured in left and right into the wee hours of the morning for the Brother Martin junior running back after his record-setting performance in the Crusaders’ 68-21 rout against St. Stanislaus.
A night that started with just his normal pre-game routine — “I pray” he said — ended up with an absurd stat line that looked like something you’d see playing a game of Madden against your little sister.
Nineteen carries. 344 yards. SEVEN touchdowns. ... And he didn’t play in the second half.
In the six quarters he’s played this season, he’s now scored 12 touchdowns.
For those keeping score, that’s an average of two touchdowns per quarter.
If he had played all four quarters, he perhaps could have put up the insane numbers that a running back in Pennsylvania posted Friday night. Journey Brown of Meadville (Pennsylvania) rushed 30 times for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns in a 107-90 victory.
But with the game well in hand, the Brother Martin coaches rested Jordan-Swilling in the second half. There are too many much more meaningful games ahead to take a chance on injury.
One half was plenty for him to set school single-game records for yards and touchdowns, surpassing the marks of Dante Butler.
Butler, who went on to play at Tulane, soaked it all in from the sideline.
He’s Brother Martin’s running backs coach.
“To put up the numbers that Bruce did in a half is truly amazing,” Brother Martin coach Mark Bonis said. “It shows what kind of a person he is and the potential he has. Dante has been a great coach and mentor for Bruce and we’re looking forward for them continuing that relationship and Dante helping him become the best running back of all-time, definitely at the school and hopefully in the state.”
Jordan-Swilling, who was adopted by former New Orleans Saints linebacker Pat Swilling, takes that compliment on his potential in stride.
“When you think about players like Marshall Faulk coming from Louisiana, it’s amazing to even be thinking about maybe being up there with someone like him,” Jordan-Swilling said.
College coaches from all over the country will be swarming to Elysian Fields trying to get the 6-foot-2, 215 pounder to sign with them on the first Wednesday in February of 2017. LSU, Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Michigan and UCLA are among the ones who have already offered scholarships to the four-star recruit who could be well on his way to a coveted fifth star by this time next year.
More offers are sure to follow.
College coaches from Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Ole Miss began following him on Twitter Friday night.
Jordan-Swilling eventually took to Twitter on his own on his memorable night that was missing just one thing.
“Wish moms was here to see it though,” he tweeted, with an emotion of a broken heart beside it.
Constance Jordan died in January 2014.
“Basically I do everything for her,” Jordan-Swilling said.
She would have been awfully proud Friday night watching her son reel off touchdown runs of 9, 13, 2 40, 2, 80 and 83 yards. Bruce knows, without a doubt, she would have been.
“She would have been screaming at the top of her lungs,” he said.
On this record-setting Friday night, he gave her plenty to scream about.