SULPHUR — The Sulphur Golden Tors’ renovated stadium looked spiffy, but the visiting Brother Martin Crusaders wrecked the housewarming party by dominating the fourth quarter in their 41-21 win Friday night.
The Crusaders (5-1) scored 14 points in the final quarter. Bruce Jordan-Swilling scored both touchdowns and finished with 249 yards on 34 carries.
Tors quarterback Byron Walker kept Sulphur (3-3) in the game, running for 222 yards and a touchdown and completing 15 of 19 passes for 165 yards. J’Cobi Skinner ran for 103 yards and had a pair of rushing touchdowns for Sulphur.
Brother Martin led 27-21 after three quarters and extended the lead to 34-21 early in the final quarter when Jordan-Swilling broke a tackle near the line of scrimmage, bounced to the right sideline and streaked 71 yards for a touchdown.
The drive began at the Brother Martin 1-yard line after Walker was stopped just short of the goal line on fourth-and-goal from the 1 late in the third quarter.
On the next Crusaders drive, Jordan-Swilling ran 10 times for 58 yards and scored on a 4-yard burst up the middle to seal the win.
“We just executed,” Brother Martin coach Mark Bonis said of the late surge.
“In the first half, we didn’t execute the way we should. We had too many dropped passes, Sulphur has a good team and it was a tough trip. We didn’t make many adjustments, we just kept doing what we do. The offensive line did a good job in the second half.”
Sulphur held Jordan-Swilling — the state’s third-leading rusher entering the game — to 83 yards on 15 carries in the first half. In the second half, he ran 19 times for 166 yards.
Crusaders quarterback Jake Broggi threw for 283 yards, including touchdown passes of 12, 25 and 75 yards to Jeremy Singleton, who finished with six catches for 142 yards.
Tors coach Jeff Wainwright said his team had too many missed opportunities.
“The first drive of the game, we get into the red zone and didn’t get anything out of it,” Wainwright said.
“The same thing happened on two more red zone opportunities,” he said “You have to get points out of that and tonight we didn’t. You have to tip your hat to their defense and we have to play better in the future. They converted some key third-down conversions in the second quarter and scored just before the half to take the lead (20-14 on Singleton’s 25-yard reception). I felt if we could have got off the field with a 14-13 lead, it might have been a different ballgame.”
Walker scored on a 75-yard run in the first quarter. Skinner added a 5-yard TD run later in the quarter to give Sulphur a 14-7 lead at the end of the quarter.
Jordan-Swilling scored on an 11-yard run to get the Crusaders within one, and Singleton’s score with 7 seconds left in the half gave Brother Martin the lead for good.