Rummel routs Shaw to keep Megaphone
MARRERO – Coaches enjoy having their entire arsenal healthy and at their disposal. Archbishop Rummel coach Jay Roth is certainly in that number.
His Raiders had their numbers the way they like them, perhaps for the first time this year and the star players were on full display Saturday afternoon in Marrero.
Chandler Fields ran for one score and passed for another as the Raiders routed Shaw 42-3 in the district opener for Rummel in the annual Megaphone game. The Raiders have won now won eight straight against the Eagles, who last defeated Rummel in 2007.
“It is nice to have the players we were counting on being on the field for us together,” Roth said. “It certainly gives you options. I thought we came out and executed early on and that set the tone. Our defense played well and created turnovers and that is a winning formula. I thought we came out ready to play and with a purpose.”
Fields played just one half, completing 8-of-10 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown and rushed six times for 51 yards and a score.
“We just wanted to come our here firing, that we weren’t just playing Shaw but playing the best we can play against the competition on hand,” Fields said.
The Raiders were outstanding on both sides of the ball, scoring on their first five possessions, intercepted three Shaw passes and allowed just one first down in the first half.
The Raiders took the opening kickoff and drove 77 yards in 12 plays with Jaelen Sturgis scoring on a 23-yard run to take a 7-0 lead with 6:18 to play in the first quarter.
After getting a defensive stop, the Raiders quickly increased the lead with UL-Lafayette commit Chandler Fields raced 38 yards for a score to make it 14-0 with 4:21 to play in the quarter.
“On the touchdown, Coach Roth and I work on that every single day,” Fields said. “We watch the end, read off the end and make the right decision. Our offensive line is doing a great job.”
Malik Woodery intercepted a Tyler Nichol pass to set Rummel up at the Shaw 30-yard line. Two plays later, Logan Diggs rushed 14 yards for a score and it was 21-0 at 1:47 to play in the quarter. It was the first game for Diggs, who missed the first four games with a high ankle sprain.
“I saw the whole and I just hit it,” Diggs said. “We came out and punched them in the mouth. “We played physical the whole game. It’s great to be back with my team. I’m still getting there. I’m not at 100 percent yet but I will be fine and I’ll be there next week.”
Rummel continued its dominance in the second quarter as Gavin Holmes picked off a Nichol pass, setting up a 19-yard touchdown pass from Fields to Amour Rachal and it was 28-0 with 11:26 to play in the half.
The Raiders closed out the first half scoring driving 39 yards in five plays with Alex Sider scoring on a one-yard run to make it 35-0.
Shaw took the second half kickoff and drove 69 yards in 12 plays with Patrick Leonard kicking a 26-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 35-3 with 5:04 to play in the third quarter but Rummel responded on the ensuing kickoff as Donovan Kaufman returned it 96 yards for a touchdown to complete the scoring.
USC commit Koy Moore had four catches for 46 yards and a score while Sturgis led Rummel in rushing with 10 carries for 88 yards with both not playing in the second half as the Raiders cleared the bench.
Rayon McGrew paced the Eagles (1-4, 0-2) with 21 carries for 47 yards while Nichol finished 4-of-9 for 72 yards with three interceptions. Kyler Rodriguez had the third interception for the Raiders (4-1, 1-0).
“We did not play well against a good football team,” Shaw coach Tommy Connors said. “You cannot turn the ball over like we did. We had just one first down in the first half. Then, when we have a good drive to start the second half, we give up a kickoff return for a score. We will have to go back to work and work hard to improve.”
Both teams return to action next weekend in Catholic League play as Shaw hosts St. Augustine at 3:30 p.m. Friday while Rummel hosts Holy Cross next Saturday night at 7 p.m. in a game that you can hear on WGSO, 990 AM.
“We know we are in tough,” Roth said. “Holy Cross beat us for the first time since 1995 last year so they will be confident. We will have to play well.”
With the win, Roth moved into 35th all-time in Louisiana prep football history with 221 victories.
Rum 21 14 7 0 — 42
Shaw 0 0 3 0- – 3
Rum—Jaelen Sturgis, 23-yard run (Patrick Vanderbrook kick) 7-0 @ 6:18-1st
Rum—Chandler Fields, 38-yard run (Patrick Vanderbrook kick) 14-0 @ 4:21-1st
Rum—Logan Diggs, 14-yard run (Patrick Vanderbrook kick) 21-0 @ 1:47-1st
Rum—Amour Rachal, 17-yard pass from Chandler Fields ( Patrick Vanderbrook kick) 28-0 @ 11:26-2nd
Rum—Alex Sider, 1-yard run (Patrick Vanderbook kick) 35-0 @ 6:18-2nd
Shaw—Patrick Leonard, 26-yard FG 42-3 @ 5:04-3rd
Rum—Donovan Kaufman, 96 yard kick return (Patrick Vanderbrook kick) 42-3 @ 4:44-3rd
Rummel 9 for 100 yards
Shaw 3 for 25 yards
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