Rummel’s football team didn’t want there to be any doubt after Saturday’s game.
The Raiders’ matchup against Brother Martin was supposed to be a clash between the top two teams in the Catholic League that would show which of the two had an early edge in the race for district honors and a high seeding in the Division I playoffs.
Rummel (7-1, 4-0 in 9-5A) jumped on the Crusaders early and reeled off 631 yards on the way to a 59-27 blowout win over the Crusaders at Joe Yenni Stadium on Saturday night.
“That’s a lot of yards for us, but we executed,” said Rummel coach Jay Roth. “And we had some fumbles and an interception that left some more points on the field. Thankfully, we didn’t need them.”
After Saturday’s win, the Raiders— ranked No. 1 in both the LSWA poll for Class 5A and the New Orleans Advocate Large Schools Super 10 — took firm control of first place in the Catholic League standings and sent a message to everyone else in the district.
Things don’t get any easier for the Raiders, though, as they move on to face No. 4 John Curtis next week at Joe Yenni Stadium in another important District 9-5A matchup.
“(The offense) played great. Those guys had a great week of practice,” said Rummel cornerback Kristian Fulton, who finished with two interceptions including one he returned 65 yards for a touchdown.
“They came out executing, and it seemed like we were on the field a lot because they were scoring so quickly.”
Brother Martin (6-2, 3-1) came into the game with the reputation as a big-play offense, but it was Rummel that was making all the explosive plays offensively on Saturday.
Sophomore Keirell Jackson took the first play from scrimmage 64 yards to set up a Maurice Bailey 1-yard scoring plunge three plays later. On the next Rummel possession, Jackson broke loose for a 39-yard touchdown to give the Raiders a 14-0 lead.
Bailey broke a 74-yarder to set up a Chase Fourcade 5-yard touchdown pass to David Hensley, and the two linked up once again later in the half on a 65-yard touchdown pass. Jackson scored his second touchdown of the half on a 20-yard run to give the Raiders a commanding 45-7 lead with 2:52 left in the second quarter.
Bailey had 14 carries for 263 yards and three touchdowns, while Jackson added another 130 on seven carries and two scores. Hensley had six catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
“I’ve never had a game like this,” said Bailey. “I give all the credit to my offensive line and my coaches.
“I just went in there and did what I was supposed to do.”
Brother Martin running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling, who came into Saturday leading the area in rushing yards (1,553) and touchdowns (29), was limited coming in with an ankle injury. The junior finished with 108 yards a touchdown but was held out the entire second half.
The Crusaders move on to play Shaw next week at Tad Gormley.
“We played a really good team, I give them a ton of credit,” said Brother Martin coach Mark Bonis. “The championship goes through them, no doubt.”