Rummel rescues Megaphone in last minute win over Shaw
METAIRIE – The stage was set.
A vastly improved Archbishop Shaw football team was poised to finally take the cherished Megaphone back to Marrero for the first time since 2007 as the Eagles were set, deep in Rummel territory, with the lead and with the clock winding down Saturday night.
Then, a team and program accustomed to winning somehow found a way to rescue a victory on a night where it struggled and seemingly everything went against it, with many self-inflicted wounds.
In the end Archbishop Rummel inflicted the most unkind wound on Archbishop Shaw, overcoming the Eagles 20-17 at Joe Yenni Stadium on Homecoming in a game delayed twice by lightning warnings, aired live on 106.1 FM.
The lightning finally arrived, at least on the field in the form of the Raiders finding their way in the final two minutes and 11 seconds.
Senior tight end Tyronne Hayes, limited to playing defense due to a broken hand since the start of the season, rushed for two touchdowns, including a 1-yard run, fighting his way through heavy traffic into the end zone with 33.3 seconds left to provide the margin of victory.
“I felt good,” Hayes said. “I’d like to thank the team for counting on me to score a touchdown for us and the fact that this hurt wrist and have to play defense. I’m really excited. It felt like a huge weight off our shoulders when we finally scored that last touchdown.”
The run capped a 10 play, 64-yard drive, taking 1:28 off the clock.
The Raiders were outgained and outplayed much of the night.
The Rummel defense struggled in the first half, allowing 213 yards to the upstart Eagles.
The Raider offense struggled in the second half, making just two first downs, gaining just 59 yards prior to the winning drive.
The defense was much better in the second half while the Rummel offense found its footing just in time.
After a scoreless first quarter, Rummel jumped on top early in the second quarter, going 76 yards in 13 plays, taking 7:39 off the clock with Jaidyn Martin scoring on a 1-yard run to give the Raiders a 6-0 lead but the extra point was blocked.
The Eagles responded with a 97-yard drive in eight plays with speedy junior David Kency racing 58 yards for a touchdown and the extra point by Louis Weaver gave Shaw a 7-6 lead with 5:48 to play in the half.
The Raiders recaptured the lead, driving 62 yards in six plays with Hayes scoring on a 2-yard run and Rummel lead 13-7 with 3:02 to play in the half.
Shaw drew closer later in the half on a 64-yard drive in seven plays with Weaver delivering a 33-yard field goal on a ball that hit the crossbar and climbed over it to cut the deficit to 13-10 by halftime.
In the third quarter, the Shaw defense came up with a big play as Jordan Evans picked off Casey Avrard, returning it to the Raider 47-yard line.
The Eagles took full advantage, driving 47 yards in just two plays with Kency scoring on an 11-yard run to take a 17-13 lead with 4:53 to play in the third quarter.
Raider coach Nick Monica pulled Avrard and inserted sophomore Mikey Ryan at quarterback but the Raiders simply could not take advantage of opportunities.
Rummel appeared to get a needed stop deep into the fourth but after a bad snap got past Weaver in punt formation, Weaver ran it down and managed to get his punt off and the Raiders were called for running into the kicker, giving Shaw a first down with 3:06 to play.
The Eagles could not move the ball further and Weaver punted and Ashton Stamps fumbled and Shaw recovered at the Rummel 18-yard line with 3:06 to play in the game with a chance to put the game away.
The Eagles drew a critical personal foul penalty, moving the football back the 31-yard line, taking Shaw out of field goal range. On fourth down, quarterback Stephen Banford was sacked by Caleb Whins, giving Rummel the ball at its own 36-yard line with 2:11 to play in the game, with one timeout remaining.
Monica then went back to Avrard and the junior delivered the clutch, game-winning drive, completing 5-of-8 passes for 57 yards, including a big 14-yard completion on a fourth-and-six to Cameron Francioni to the Shaw 20-yard line to keep the drive alive. Avrard also ran six yards to the 1-yard line to set up the winning score.
“We have two pretty good quarterbacks and we made a change after Casey made some bad throws,” Rummel coach Nick Monica said. “When we called on Casey late in the game, he came back and did his job. Both of them (Ryan and Avrard) need to continue to work harder. Maybe it was eye-opening for him (Casey).”
Kency was brilliant for the Eagles, rushing 32 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns and catching two passes for 11 yards.
Martin rushed 14 times for 96 yards and a score for the Raiders.
It was the second win in the closing minutes of the game for Rummel this year. The Raiders scored with 1:35 left in its season opener to edge Slidell 12-11.
“We’ve done that a couple of times this year,” Monica said. “That’s probably one of the few positives we’ve had. We found a way to manage and did it. This is not the same old Shaw team. They fought their butts off. They hit us in the mouth. You’ve got to give them a lot of credit. We knew it was going to be a fight. They’re a better football team. This was a different Megaphone game. We’ve got to get better.”
Shaw was on the precipice of being able to cheer and shout into The Megaphone but could not finish as the prized possession returned to Metairie as Rummel won its 10th straight game over the Eagles.
“We just didn’t finish,” Shaw coach Tommy Connors said. “My kids played as hard as they could. It wasn’t good enough to be ahead at the end of the game. At a certain point, I’ve got to be better, it seems like. We can never get too high or too low. We’re continuing to improve game to game.”
The Eagles were without star junior wide receiver Michael Williams, who has a knee injury, while the Raiders were continue without senior safety Darnell Alexander with a knee injury and continue without star junior running back Ahmad Garner (knee) and star defensive lineman Marlon Baker (broken leg).
The Raiders won despite committing two turnovers and suffering through a miserable night on special teams, including a lost fumble, a blocked extra point, a running into the punter penalty and allowing Shaw to recover an onside kick.
Still, the team accustomed to winning found a way to escape with a hard-earned victory.
Rummel (3-0, 1-0) returns to action next Friday night at Joe Yenni Stadium against unbeaten defending Catholic League champion Brother Martin at 7 p.m. in a game that you can watch live on CrescentCitySports.com.
Shaw (2-2, 1-1) faces John Curtis Christian next Friday night.
RUMMEL 0 13 0 7 — 20
SHAW 0 10 7 0 — 17
RUM—Jaidyn Martin, 1-yard run (kick blocked)
SHAW—David Kency, 58-yard run (Louis Weaver kick)
RUM—Tyronne Hayes, 2-yard run (Chris Wallace kick)
SHAW—Louis Weaver, 33-yard field goal
SHAW—David Kency, 11-yard run (Louis Weaver kick)
RUM—Tyronne Hayes, 1-yard run (Chris Wallace kick)
RUM 9 for 86 yards
SHAW 9 for 72 yards
RUM—Jaidyn Martin, 14 carries for 96 yards and 1 touchdown, Casey Avrard 4 carries for 30 yards, Tyronne Hayes 2 carries for 4 yards and 2 touchdowns, Rueben Ramirez, 1 carry for 10 yards, La’Damion McDowell 1 carry for 3 yards, Mikey Ryan 1 carry for 1 yard
SHAW—David Kency 32 carries for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns, Jayce LaCava 3 carries for 7 yards, Stephen Banford 5 carries for 7 yards
RUM—Casey Avrard 12-of-26 for 131 yards and one interception, Mikey Ryan 1-of-4 for seven yards
SHAW—Stephen Banford 6-of-12 for 119 yards
RUM—Cameron Francioni 3 catches for 55 yards, Nick Howard 4 catches for 35 yards, Jaidyn Martin 1 catch for 27 yards, Ashton Coffelt 1 catch for 14 yards, Rueben Ramirez 3 catches for 7 yards
SHAW—Jayce LaCava 2 catches for 63 yards, George Sartor 1 catch for 36 yards, David Kency 2 catches for 11 yards, Clayton Robinson 1 catch for 9 yards
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