Replay: Rummel defense scores twice, blanks Jesuit to close out perfect season
NEW ORLEANS – At Archbishop Rummel, the defense never rests.
Thanks in large part to a defense that produced three takeaways, including a pair of interception returns for touchdowns, the Raiders closed out an undefeated regular season and an outright District 9-5A title with a 27-0 victory over Jesuit Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
The game was seen live on Crescent City Sports.
Rummel (10-0, 6-0), the top-ranked team in the Crescent City Sports Class 5A rankings, will be the No. 1 seed when the Division I playoff bracket is revealed Sunday morning. Jesuit (6-4, 3-3) is expected to be the No. 6 seed and host a first-round game next week, likely against district rival Archbishop Shaw.
“It’s been awesome … a good run,” said first-year Rummel head coach Nick Monica. “The kids did a good job answering the bell each week. I’m really proud of them.”
Kolbe Fields returned a second-quarter interception 17 yards for a touchdown and Malik Woodery had a 31-yard return for a score in the fourth quarter, the fifth and sixth defensive touchdowns for the Raiders this season.
That’s two more TDs that Rummel’s defense has allowed in 10 games.
Jesuit had 253 total yards, but the Raider defense buckled down in the red zone, stopping possessions at the 20, 18, 20 and 16.
“Red zone defense is one of the things we stress,” Monica said.
Kyle Wickersham passed for 181 yards and a touchdown to Keith Robertson. The other Raider points came on a pair of Patrick Vanderbrook field goals.
Wickersham’s favorite target was LSU commit Koy Moore, who caught eight passes for 107 yards.
“We were able to get (Moore) some quick throws,” Monica said. “(Defenses) are going to show him some extra attention because he’s a heckuva player, and that helps us. When he gets his chances, he’s going to step up for us.”
For the Raiders, it is the seventh on-field 10-0 regular-season in program history, but the first by a coach not named Roth. Easten Roth coached Rummel to a perfect season in 1980 with his son Jay at quarterback, and then Jay guided the Raiders to 10-0 marks in 2000, 2001, 2009, 2012 and 2014.
After a physical Week 9 overtime victory over John Curtis and Friday’s victory, Monica will welcome the playoff bye with open arms.
“We have a bunch of guys banged up,” Monica said, “but they refused to not play tonight. I’m extremely proud of them for that.”
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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…