The national recognition keeps rolling for the Rummel football team.
The Raiders are No. 20 nationally, according to the CBS MaxPreps Top 25 rankings for nonpublic schools that were released Thursday morning.
It is the second national ranking this week for the Raiders, coming off back-to-back state championship seasons.
On Tuesday, Rummel was ranked No. 16 in USA Today’s Super 25 preseason rankings.
“It’s an honor,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “I’m sure it’s based on what the players have accomplished over the last two years.”
Rummel won the Class 5A state championship in 2012 and followed that up with a Division I crown last season under the LHSAA’s new split playoff format.
The Raiders are a combined 24-3 over the past two seasons, going 14-0 two years ago and 10-3 last season.
They enter this season on a seven-game winning streak, including a somewhat surprising win over St. Augustine in the semifinals before beating Byrd for the title.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the field in August and getting the team chemistry together,” Roth said. “I will meet with the players on Monday, and we’ll tell them (the rankings) are something the players before them helped earn and so now it will be up to us to try to go and win some games this year.”
Roth said he doesn’t feel any added pressure being in the national spotlight.
“You have to keep it all in perspective and not let it all go to your head,” Roth said.
“You have to stay humble about it.”
Rummel will be led on offense by junior quarterback Chase Fourcade and on defense by tackle Tyrell Jacobs (an Oklahoma commitment and junior defensive lineman Briston Guidry, who has already committed to Mississippi State.
“Being an offensive coach, I like that the nucleus of our offensive line and our quarterback are coming back,” Roth said. “We have more on offense than defense, but we had a good spring.”
Rummel begins practice Wednesday, when it will start its quest for a third consecutive title. But it will also come with lofty expectations with two national rankings already under its belt and possibly more on the way.
But Roth has been here before.
During his days as a Shaw assistant in the late ’90s, the team was ranked in the Top 10 nationally by USA Today in consecutive seasons.
“It’s a cool thing to have your team recognized,” Roth said. “It brings great publicity to your school, the state of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans.”
Rummel was one of three New Orleans area teams to receive national recognition in the rankings that were released this week.
Warren Easton is ranked No. 14 in the USA Today rankings. John Curtis didn’t crack the USA Today Super 25, but garnered enough votes to just miss the rankings at No. 31.
Curtis, which is going for its fourth consecutive title, was also ranked in the CBS MaxPreps rankings for nonpublic schools at No. 17.