Rummel overcomes injuries to shut down Captain Shreve, 13-3

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Rummel beats Captain Shreve
(Photo: Rusty Costanza)

SHREVEPORT – The numbers did not matter.

Despite being the 18th-seed, having a losing record, facing the No. 2 seed, dealing with an unusually huge number of injuries, having to travel to northwest Louisiana for a second straight week and having a bus break down on the way to Shreveport making it an even longer travel day, Archbishop Rummel did what it has done for decades in the playoffs.

The Raiders parlayed a fast offensive start with a superb defensive effort to defeat Captain Shreve 13-3 in the Select Division I regional round of the LHSAA playoffs at Independence Stadium Friday night, snapping an eight-game win streak for the Gators and abruptly ending their fine season.

In a season plagued by a host of injuries to key players, the Raiders lost center William Barraco, defensive end Ranaan Russ and defensive back Norman Taylor to injuries during the game Friday night.

Experts at dealing with adversity, the Raiders simply pressed on and pressed the issue on the way to victory, holding a team that averaged over 41 points to just three points.

“I’m extremely proud of this team,” Rummel coach Nick Monica said. “We gave up three on the first drive. Our red zone defense was one of our main goals. Little did we know they would not get there again. It was just a fabulous job by the defense, even they were on the field for a ton of spots and with Norman going down. It was a gutsy effort coming out of here with a win.”

Rummel scored early and shut down the Gators late.

Captain Shreve (9-2) took the opening kickoff and drove 50 yards in 10 plays with John Hoyet Chance kicking a 50-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead with 7:51 to play in the first quarter.

The Raiders took a 6-3 lead on its first possession, driving 80 yards in six plays with Jaidyn Martin scoring on a 1-yard run and it was 6-3 after an unsuccessful extra point with 5:56 to play in the first quarter.

After Hoyet Chance missed a 33-yard field goal, Rummel drove 80 yards in 11 plays with Martin scoring again on a 1-yard run to make it 13-3 with 8:03 to play in the first half. Hoyet Chance missed two field goals later, from 33 and 43 yards, respectively.

Rummel did not make a first down in the third quarter but the Raiders got a 36-yard run by Martin in the fourth quarter to sustain a drive, running some time off the clock.

Lennis Finister Jr. then came up with a huge interception of Quortni Beaner with 5:09 to play in the game on a fourth down play, returning it to the Captain Shreve 40-yard line.

The Raider offense then made two first downs, reaching the Captain Shreve 7-yard line and ran out the clock to secure a huge road win.

Despite the Gators keying on him all night, Martin rushed 17 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns.

While missing some open targets deep, Generald Buggage finished 10-of-21 for 115 yards.

Captain Shreve, with its huge offensive line and punishing run game, ran for 232 yards. Jamarlon Otis rushed 25 times for 124 yards while Beaner had 20 carries for 99 yards.

Rummel held the Gators to just three first downs in the first half, led by leading tackler Robert Vaughn Jr.

“Coach Monica told us the whole week it was going to be a physical game,” Vaughn said. “We had to match that and that’s what we did tonight, holding our opponent to just three points. We knew they would run a lot. We studied it and made sure we got it right and defended perfectly and that’s what we did tonight.”

In a cleanly played contest, there were just two penalties, both on Captain Shreve.

Rummel presses on, regardless of injuries continuing to mount.

“We even had issues traveling,” Monica said. Nothing has been easy for this group. I’m excited for them and the seniors. We get to practice Thanksgiving week. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions this year. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything like this. I know everyone deals with injuries. We’ve just had a few more, especially some significant ones. We just keep fighting. That’s all the boys have been doing.”

Rummel (6-6) advances to the quarterfinals to play at St. Paul’s next Friday night. The Wolves whipped Tioga 38-14.

The two Christian Brothers schools meet annually in the St. Paul’s jamboree.

Rummel won this year’s meeting 13-10 at Hunter Stadium.

“The character is there,” Vaughn said. “The adversity built us. We’re never giving up. We are relentless and resilient. If we fall down, we get back up quickly and we help our brothers out. That’s the character we’ve built.”

FINAL
Arch. Rummel 6 7 0 0 13
Capt. Shreve 3 0 0 0 3

Scoring:
1st Qtr.
CS—John Hoyet Chance, 47-yard field goal
RUM—Jaidyn Martin, 1 yard run (kick failed)

2nd Qtr.
RUM—Jaidyn Martin, 1-yard run (Chris Wallace kick)

First Downs:
Rummel 16
Captain Shreve 9

Penaitles:
Rummel 0
Captain Shreve 2 for 15 yards

Sacks:
Rummel 2
Captain Shreve 1

Turnovers:
Rummel 0
Captain Shreve 1

Rushing Yards:
Rummel 166
Captain Shreve 234

Passing Yards:
Rummel 115
Captain Shreve 42

Total Yards:
Rummel 281
Captain Shreve 276

Individual Rushing:
Rummel: Jaidyn Martin 17 carries for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns, Generald Buggage 6 carries for 79 yards, Ruben Ramirez 1 carry for 1 yard, Coryan Hawkins 1 carry for -1 yard

Captain Shreve: Jamarlon Otis 25 carries for 124 yards, Quortni Beaner 20 carries for 99 yards, Keaton Flowers 1 carry for 13 yards, Javen Thomas 3 carries for 8 yards, Jordan Wiggins 1 carry for -2 yards

Individual Passing:
Rummel: General Buggage 10-of-21 for 115 yards

Captain Shreve: Quortni Beaner 4-of-10 for 42 yards

Individual Receiving:
Rummel: Kendrick Joseph 4 catches for 39 yards, Ruben Ramirez 2 catches for 29 yards, Jake Ryan Burmaster 2 catches for 27 yards, Chris Wallace 2 catches for 20 yards

Captain Shreve: Jordan Wiggins 1 catch for 17 yards, Jamarlon Otis 2 catches for 15 yards, Gage Haley 1 catch for 10 yards

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