Brother Martin continues Catholic League roll with rout of Shaw

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For the Brother Martin head coach Mark Bonis, putting last week’s game behind him and his Crusaders was the focus all week.

Following up a dominant effort over Rummel, Brother Martin controlled all three phases of the game in a 47-15 victory over Archbishop Shaw on a homecoming Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Brother Martin (5-0, 4-0) wasted no time getting their running game, finishing with 285 total yards including 230 yards on the ground.

Crusaders running backs Torey Lambert, Jordan Thomas, and Jordan West all had touchdowns.

“We felt as though we wanted to establish the running game more,” said Bonis. “This is the first time our offensive line has been together due to COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida. It was great seeing those guys develop.”

The defense and special teams also played their parts Friday. After a three-and-out, the Eagles were forced to punt from their own end zone which led to a safety and a 9-0 Brother Martin lead.

Defensive back Corey Lambert Jr. delivered a big hit on a Shaw receiver forcing a turnover. Gregory Jackson recovered the loose ball and run for a 30-yard score to put the Crusaders in a commanding lead.

Brother Martin held Shaw scoreless in the first half.

“You have to ignore the noise,” Bonis said. I challenged our guys this week at practice to see how mentally tough they are can they play a complete game.”

Shaw struggled offensively to get anything going, forcing their defense playing on their side of the field most of the night.

“We knew we had to battle at the line of scrimmage, and they one that battle,” said Shaw head coach Tommy Connors. “We are little banged up. We had a lot of underclassmen playing tonight, but we are going to keeping pushing, that’s our mission.”

The Crusaders remains undefeated in district play, looking to build on success when they travel to play a non-district match against defending Class 4A state champion Carencro.

“This will be a good test for us,” said Bonis. “We going to have to make sure our guys are in shape and ready to go. It should be a fun and great atmosphere traveling to play one the better teams in the state.”

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