Holy Cross overcame horrid field conditions and a slow start to defeat Hammond 27-6 on the road Friday night.
Holy Cross rattled off 27 unanswered points behind the hard-nosed running of Ashton Smith. Smith got the nod to start in the absence of Arizona State commitment Tre Turner, who is nursing a shoulder injury. He finished with 144 yards on 26 carries.
Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo said he was pleased with his team’s effort after falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter.
“We started a bit slow and needed to correct some things on the field,” Rebaudo said. “We needed to fix some gap fits early on, and we did that. We were able to shut down their attack and that help give us the momentum.”
Both teams entered seeking a win after Week 1 losses.
“We thought we had a good plan and feel,” Hammond coach Cecil Thomas said. “We will definitely learn from this game and make the necessary changes for next week.”
The Tornadoes were clicking on all cylinders during their opening drive. Hammond quarterback Reed Roberts raced 48 yards for the game’s first score. That first drive lasted just 1:58 and spanned 66 yards.
Gary Robertson led Hammond with 53 yards on nine carries. Roberts added 78 yards on eight carries. He passed for 95 yards.
Holy Cross found itself up 20-6 at halftime, thanks in large part to kicker Gavin Broussard. Broussard scored the Tigers’ first and last points of the opening half on field goals of 19 and 35 yards.
After a slow start, the Tigers defense limited the Tornadoes offense to only one score in the first half. Junior Laiton Johnson aided the Tigers defense by scooping and scoring on a Hammond fumble.
Chandler Fields punched in the Tigers’ lone first-half offensive touchdown on a 6-yard run. He finished 8 of 16 for 180 yards and one touchdown.
Florida State commitment Kyle Meyers recorded two interceptions for Holy Cross while lining up at safety due to injury.