Rummel has spent the entire season ranked No. 1 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10.
After the Raiders’ first half-performance Saturday night, we might have to consider moving them up even higher this week.
Perhaps we can put boost them from One to Zero, because that’s how many teams in the state (or maybe even in the country) would have been able to beat them Saturday night as they conducted a football clinic for two quarters at Yenni Stadium.
Nobody, and I mean nobody, predicted the Raiders to be ahead 45-7 before the bands even took the field at halftime. It ended 59-27.
The 59 points tied for the sixth most points Rummel has scored in its storied history.
They rushed for 428 yards, the fifth most in school history.
Simply put, the Raiders were flawless.
“Being that offensively we have struggled at times, (Saturday night )we executed very well on offense and put some space between us and them and were able to breathe a little bit,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “Our defense shut down a good offense.”
And that was against a Brother Martin offense playing with Bruce Jordan-Swilling, who played despite being listed as doubtful earlier in the week because of an ankle injury suffered last week.
The Crusaders could have had Jordan-Swilling, Leonard Fournette, and Marshall Faulk and it probably wouldn’t have been enough on this night.
Rummel scored at such a fast pace that even the scoreboard operator was unable to keep up at one point, giving Brother Martin the points after one of the Rummel touchdowns.
The Raiders scored every time they touched the ball in the first half except one. That was when the clock stopped them as time expired at the end of the half.
Rummel quarterback Chase Fourcade said he knew his team would probably have to score at least 40 beforehand to beat the high-powered Crusaders, who came into the game averaging 49 points.
But even Fourcade admitted he was surprised to have needed just two quarters to get to 40.
Rummel cornerback Kristian Fulton, rated one of the nation’s best at his position, got a surprise or two in the first half as well.
He got a couple passes thrown his way.
“I just wanted to not fall asleep because people said they wouldn’t come to my side of the field,” Fulton said. “So I wanted to make sure if they did to make a play.”
He did, picking off two passes to push his season total to five, returning one Saturday for a touchdown.
Brother Martin made it somewhat respectable in the second half, but the first half knockout was too much to overcome.
Rummel moved a step closer to its second straight Catholic League title.
If the Raiders win on Saturday in their second straight highly anticipated showdown — this one a Halloween afternoon affair against John Curtis — they will be District 9-5A champs again.
And that may or may not be a good thing.
Since the LHSAA went to the select and nonselect playoffs two seasons ago, the Catholic League champion, undefeated in league play both years, has been cursed in the postseason.
Rummel knows all about it.
In 2013, Fournette led St. Augustine to a perfect record in the Catholic League, but Rummel beat the Purple Knights when it counted most in the Division I semifinals.
Last year, it was Rummel running through the district unscathed before losing in a rematch to Jesuit in the semifinals.
So a district title doesn’t assure a trip to the Dome, especially in the watered down Division I playoffs that is basically Catholic League Round 2 (plus St. Paul’s, Evangel Christian, and Baton Rouge Catholic).
Unfortunately for Roth, none of those 59 points his team piled up on Saturday carry over into the playoffs if his team faces Brother Martin or whoever again.
Roth wasn’t ready to look ahead to the playoffs just yet. Or even the next game against Curtis.
“I will worry about that tomorrow,” he said.
He wanted to just enjoy this one.
And boy did his Raiders give him plenty to enjoy.