It took a slight ankle injury in the second half to slow Brother Martin’s touchdown machine Bruce Jordan-Swilling on Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.
But as the Crusaders showed all night long, there are plenty more weapons to go around.
Jordan-Swilling scored three touchdowns, Jeremy Singleton scored two and Erick Lassair, who replaced Jordan-Swilling, tacked on a pair to seal Brother 49-24 homecoming victory over Holy Cross.
“We are every explosive,” Singleton said. “Everybody thinks we are one-dimensional. But if you look at the stats, you can see we are two-dimensional.”
The Crusaders, ranked No. 5 in The New Orleans Advocate Large School Super 10 and No. 6 in Class 5A by the LSWA, improved to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in Catholic League play.
They have scored 40 or more points in every game this season.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of offense,” Brother Martin coach Mark Bonis said. “I told our guys at the beginning of the year we have the chance to be one of the most prolific offenses in the state and definitely one of the best ones we’ve seen at Brother Martin. It’s been real fun.”
It took just one play to show how explosive the Crusaders could be.
After holding Holy Cross to a three-and-out on its first possession, Brother Martin scored when Jake Broggi connected with Singleton for a 39-yard touchdown.
Broggi completed his first seven passes of the game and finished 11-of-20 for 157 yards.
“You start off and everybody is keying in on Bruce and we hit Jeremy,” Bonis said. “It’s one thing to have weapons, but I’m really proud of the execution.”
Jordan-Swilling scored on the Crusaders’ second possession with a 3-yard run. It capped a 14-play, 87-yard drive. It was the 27th touchdown of the season for the junior running back. He added two more in the second half to push his season total to 29.
Singleton started the second half off with an electrifying 75-yard kickoff return.
“Tonight we came out with it on our mind because nobody wants to lose on their homecoming,” Jordan-Swilling said.
Jordan-Swilling finished with 165 yards on 29 carries before leaving the game in the second half.
“The doctors told me I would be fine and just wanted me to take it easy,” Jordan-Swilling said.
Lassair scored on runs of 19 and 27 yards to ice it.
“It’s all about next guy stepping up and Erick comes in and you saw how good of a running back he is,” Bonis said.
The Crusaders defense played well, particularly in the first half, stopping the Tigers when they threatened to score.
Sophomore Ryan Alfonso stopped a first quarter drive with an interception when Holy Cross had driven to the Brother Martin 20.
Late in the second half, Holy Cross got to the 10 and came away empty and trailed 14-0 at the break. .
Holy Cross (4-3, 2-2), No. 9 in the Super 10, got a pair of second-half touchdowns from Darian Rodrigue and another from Ashton Smith.
“I thought we had opportunities early,” Holy Cross Eric Rebaudo said. “When you don’t take advantage against a good team like Brother Martin you’re going to struggle and that’s basically what it came down to.”
Brother Martin plays a much-anticipated showdown with top-ranked Rummel next week, while Holy Cross plays John Curtis
“I’m so happy for our program,” Bonis said. “This was a big win for us.”