Eric Rebaudo laughed before answering how his Holy Cross team got stuck with the rugged three-game stretch it’s in the midst of playing.
He called it, perhaps somewhat sarcastically, “the luck of the draw.”
Holy Cross, ranked No. 9 in The New Orleans Advcocate Large School Super 10, plays No. 5 Brother Martin at 7 p.m. Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
It is sandwiched between last week’s game, a 21-14 loss to top-ranked Rummel, and next week’s game against No. 3 John Curtis.
“It’s a brutal gauntlet,” Rebaudo said. “You can’t hang your head too long. You have to get the guys up for this week. We’ve had a good week of practice.”
Holy Cross (4-2, 2-1) looks to rebound after having its four-game winning streak snapped last week.
Brother Martin (5-1, 1-1), meanwhile, got back on track last week, rebounding from a stunning loss to St. Augustine two weeks ago and beating Sulphur 41-21.
“Last week was a big step for us in handling the St. Aug game,” Crusaders coach Mark Bonis said. “We made a 3½-hour trip and beat a good Sulphur team. It’s a step, but we still have a long ways to go.”
Brother Martin is led by junior running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling, who has already racked up 1,410 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns this season.
“He’s as Fournette-like as you can possibly be,” said Rebaudo. “He has great speed, great vision. He can run between the tackles and he can bounce it outside. He’s a difference maker on their offense.”
One of many difference-makers for a Crusaders team that has shown to be far from one-dimensional. Quarterback Jake Broggi, a three-year starter, has thrown for 1,326 yards and has playmakers in receivers like Jeremy Singleton and Irv Smith.
“Broggi knows the system really well and he is very precise and makes decisions with no hesitations,” Rebaudo said. “He puts defenses in a bind. They are a hand full when you talk about trying to stop them.”
Holy Cross counters with an offense led by running backs Tre Turner, an Arizona State commitment, and Ashton Smith. The Tigers also use a pair of quarterbacks in freshman Chandler Fields (891 passing yards, 11 touchdowns) and senior Kyle Schexnayder.
“They really cause some problems because they have two capable quarterbacks,” Bonis said. “The freshman does a great job running the offense and the senior comes in and does a great job and is so dangerous on his feet. They are a really good football team, with a lot of talent on both sides of the ball.”