Rummel makes Perret proud with win over Jesuit
METAIRIE – Archbishop Rummel has made its name over the course of its history running the football with authority and that has been their personality this season.
Saturday night at Joe Yenni Stadium, the Raiders changed directions against a formidable Jesuit defense and the strategy paid off well.
With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Rummel drove the length of the field, mostly passing, and scored to secure a hard-fought 20-7 victory over Jesuit in a game aired live at CrescentCitySports.com and heard live on WGSO 990 AM.
With Rummel clinging to a 13-7 lead, the Raiders were pinned back at their own one-yard line with 9:03 to play after an interception by Ron Franklin thwarted a Jesuit threat. It was time for the offense to answer and they did so with a championship drive.
Rummel proceeded to march 99 yards in 11 plays, taking 6:05 off the clock with Chandler Fields connecting with Koy Moore on an 11-yard touchdown pass to give Rummel a 20-7 lead with 2:55 to play in the game.
“Our backs were against the wall, literally and the coaches made great play calls,” Fields said. “Congratulations to our coaches on defense and offense. We’re starting to come together as a group. We’re trying to get better every week. I think the key is we’re just having fun out there. We enjoying ourselves, we’re working hard during the week and we’re getting the job done.”
Fields completed 18-of-22 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns.
It was Homecoming for the Raiders and a night in which Rummel paid tribute to legendary coach Don Perret, who passed away at the age of 88 Thursday night. His memory was emblazoned on the Raider helmets with the initials “DP” and Perret was vivid in the minds of many, including Raiders head coach Jay Roth.
“He’d be happy,” Roth said. “There’s a lot of dust on the field and it was a lot of hard work, hard hitting and it was a rivalry game against Jesuit. He inspired us and his memory will continue to inspire us. He is Raider Pride and we are honored to carry that on.”
After being shut down in the first half, Moore, who started his career at Jesuit and went down with an injury for the season a year ago for Rummel against Jesuit, made his mark against his former team with eight catches for 89 yards and a score, including three catches for 64 yards and the score on the deciding drive.
“It feels great,” Moore said. “We played as a team, we stayed focused and when they came back with a touchdown, everybody remained calm, stayed humble, nobody had their head down and we made plays. On the last drive, I told coach I wanted the ball. It was good to make plays.”
The Raiders won the toss and elected to receive. Rummel promptly drove 69 yards in seven plays with Fields connecting with Zach Mirambell on a five-yard touchdown pass to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead with 7:46 to play in the opening quarter.
Rummel came into the game running the ball 76 percent of the time but on the opening drive, Fields completed 5-of-5 for 65 yards and would continue the success throwing the ball throughout the game.
It stayed that way until the final possession of the half when the Raiders overcame a pair of penalties and drove 66 yards in 14 plays with Patrick Vanderbrook kicking a 27-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
Rummel increased the lead to 13-0 in the third quarter when Vanderbrook kicked another 27-yard field goal with 6:54 to play in frame but Jesuit responded with a seven play, 66-yard drive with Robert McMahon hitting Brenden Berggren with a 14-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 13-7 with 3:57 to play in the quarter.
Jesuit then drove to the Rummel 17-yard line early in the fourth quarter but a holding penalty pushed the Blue Jays back and Franklin picked off McMahon, setting the stage for the decisive 99-yard drive.
After Rummel scored, Jesuit had one more shot but Donovan Kaufman picked off McMahon in the end zone to seal the victory.
McMahon was harassed all night as he was sacked four times, including twice by Kolbe Fields. McMahon finished just 8-of-19 for 127 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions and he rushed 16 times for 53 yards. Berggren had three catches for 61 yards and a score.
“It was a quality win against a real good football team,” Roth said. It doesn’t matter how we got it done, we got it done and it feels good. We’re buying in to what we’ve been preaching all year about being a team. It’s ourselves we have to worry about, trying to be an unselfish team.”
The win was the fifth straight for the Raiders (6-1, 3-0), who remain unbeaten in District 9-5A while the loss was the second straight for the Blue Jays (4-3, 2-2). It was the sixth straight victory for the Raiders over Jesuit.
“We didn’t play a full game on offense,” Jesuit coach Mark Songy said. “We didn’t play very well at all in the first half on offense. We got some things going in the second half but we left our defense on the field way too long and we made a couple of really stupid mistakes that cost us a lot when we got down close. They’re a real good football team, our guys played hard, that’s never a surprise to me. We’ve got great kids, just too many mistakes. You’ve got to come out against a team like Rummel and most of the teams in our league and play a full game.”
Jesuit returns to action next Friday afternoon in Catholic League play against Archbishop Shaw at 3:30 p.m. at Tad Gormley Stadium while Rummel will play Brother Martin at Tad Gormley Stadium Saturday night at 7 p.m. with both games on WGSO, 990 AM.
“I hope we made Coach Perret proud tonight,” Roth said.
No doubt that the man who coined the phrase “Raider Pride” is smiling proudly for his Raiders.
Rummel 7 3 3 7 — 20
Jesuit 0 0 7 0 — 7
RUM—Zach Mirambell, five-yard pass from Chandler Fields (Patrick Vanderbrook kick) 7-0 RUM @ 7:46-1st
RUM—Patrick Vanderbrook, 27-yard field goal 10-0 @ 0:00-2nd
RUM—Patrick Vanderbrook, 27-yard field goal 13-0 @ 6:54-3rd
JES—Brenden Berggren, 14-yard pass from Robert McMahon (Max Scheurich kick) 13-7 @ 3:57-3rd
RUM—Koy Moore, 11-yard pass from Chandler Fields (Patrick Vanderbrook kick) 20-7 @ 2:55-4th
RUM 16, JES 13
RUM 9 for 95 yards, JES 8 for 86 yards
RUM 4, JES 1
RUM 1, JES 2
RUM 115, JES 95
RUM 207, JES 127
RUM 322, JES 222
Chandler Fields 15 carries for 57 yards
Jaelen Sturgis 12 carries for 42 yards
Koy Moore 1 carry for 3 yards
Logan Diggs 1 carry for 1 yard
Chandler Fields 18-of-22 for 207 yards and 2 TD’s
Koy Moore 8 catches for 89 yards, 1 TD
Logan Diggs 3 catches for 40 yards
Amour Rachal 3 catches for 35 yards
Zach Mirambell 2 catches for 17 yards, 1 TD
Jacob Renton 1 catch for 20 yards
Kyle Walker 1 catch for 3 yards
Robert McMahon 16 carries for 53 yards
Brayton Whittington 8 carries for 30 yards
Willie Robinson 4 carries for 12 yards
Robert McMahon 8-of-19 for 127 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Brenden Berggren 3 catches for 61 yards
Noah Varnado 2 catches for 34 yards, 1 INT
Will Moran 2 catches for 11 yards
Luke Laforge 1 catch for 21 yards
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