Brother Martin put 58 points on the scoreboard last week in its season opener against Plaquemine, the most points scored by any local team in Week 1.
Now the Crusaders get a chance to go up against another team that can also put up points in bunches.
Brother Martin, ranked No. 2 in The New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Super 10, travels to play St. Stanislaus (Mississippi), which is led by one of the nation’s most prolific junior quarterbacks.
“They have a whole bunch of great athletes,” Brother Martin coach Mark Boni said. “Offensively, they can score points in bunches.”
Myles Brennan leads the pass-happy 1-2 Rock-a-Chaws, who are averaging 350.3 yards passing per game this season.
Brennan, named a MaxPreps All-American as a sophomore, has already thrown for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
Last season, he threw for 5,761 yards and 64 touchdowns, both single-season state records. His most recent scholarship offer came from California.
“He has a quick release and keeps plays alive,” Bonis said. “He is heady and has that football savvy. On a lot of plays, you will see him making great throws on the run. The receiving corps is a great bunch of players. When you watch the chemistry between the quarterback and the receiver, it looks like they have been playing catch since they were kids. It’s a true credit to them how well they work together. We’re excited about the challenge.”
Bonis has a slew of playmakers of his own though.
Junior running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling is coming off a five-touchdown outing (four rushing, one receiving) in the season opener. Jordan-Swilling finished with 215 yards on 24 carries.
But the Crusaders were by no means one-dimensional.
Senior Jake Broggi, the three-year starter at quarterback, threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns.
“Jake did a great job making reads,” Bonis said. “He’s a 6-foot-4 quarterback who can run any system. I keep saying this, but I don’t understand why he doesn’t have any offers. He’s the best quarterback I’ve ever coached, and he continues to amaze me.”
Two of Broggi’s main weapons are tight ends Peyton Aucoin (a Texas commitment) and Irv Smith (Texas A&M commitment).
It will be just the second game of the season for Brother Martin.
With teams in Mississippi starting football in August, Friday’s game will be the fourth for the Rock-a-chaws.
“That’s definitely a big advantage for them,” Bonis said. “We’re behind, but we have to be able to overcome that. Their offense plays about 90 plays a game, and they have been doing that for four weeks, so it’s going to be a tremendous challenge.”
The Crusaders are one of three local schools playing out-of-state schools Friday.
John Curtis, ranked No. 3 in the Large School Super 10, is playing Shades Valley (Alabama) in the Battle on the Border in Shreveport at 6 p.m.
De La Salle, ranked No. 6 in the Small School Super 10, is hosting Hancock at Pan American Stadium.
Bonis says playing an unfamiliar opponent doesn’t change his team’s preparation.
“You just treat them like any other opponent,” Bonis said. “It’s a brother school. For the administration and fans, maybe there’s a little bit more at stake. It doesn’t matter if it’s those guys or a district opponent, we try to treat them all the same.”