Rummel shows maturity, talent in shutout of Shaw
METAIRIE – As an overwhelming favorite Archbishop Rummel had to guard against being overconfident heading into its annual Megaphone game with Jefferson Parish rival Archbishop Shaw.
The Raiders displayed maturity, along with an enormous amount of talent in a 42-0 victory over the Eagles at Joe Yenni Stadium Saturday night in a game heard live on 106.1 FM NASH ICON.
“They showed up and played,” Rummel coach Nick Monica said. “Defensively, it was not our best week of practice. We’ve got to get back to the grind. The next five games are going to be close ball games. This is the first night that all five of our projected starting lineup played so that was”
The win was the eighth straight for Rummel over Shaw in the series which the Raiders now lead 32-23.
Junior quarterback Kyle Wickersham threw three touchdown passes and Logan Diggs had a pair of touchdown runs to pace a balanced offensive attack while the fabulous Rummel defense pitched its third shutout of the season and has still not allowed a touchdown in five games while forcing 19 turnovers.
“This was the first night that all five of our projected starting offensive lineman played so that was good to see. They protected Kyle very well and we ran it well. We did a good job of executing on third down and that was probably the best thing I saw.”
Wickersham deflected credit to his defense.
“We came out and showed out, no one scored on us so that was a great accomplishment so we want to keep that going this whole entire year,” Wickersham said. “The offense scored on every single drive in the first half so overall, it was a great game for us and we’re going to get better as the season goes on. Going against Charlotte, Ruston, Oak Grove and Slidell has prepared us well for the Catholic League.”
The Raiders scored on all five possessions in the first half while stuffing the banged-up Eagles offense.
Rummel took the opening kickoff and drove 68 yards in nine plays with Logan Diggs scoring on a 4-yard run to make it 7-0 with 9:02 to play in the opening quarter.
On their next possession, the Raiders went 46 yards in five plays with Kyle Wickersham connecting with Ivory Wilwright IV on a 20-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0 with 5:10 to play in the quarter.
The lead grew to 21-0 late in the first quarter when Rummel drove 40 yards in seven plays with Wickersham finding Wilwright IV on a 7-yard touchdown pass.
The second quarter was much of the same.
LSU commitment Koy Moore returned a punt 38 yards to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Diggs and it was 28-0 with 10:10 to play in the half.
The Raiders completed the first half scoring, driving 67 yards in 12 plays with Wickersham hitting Moore on a 2-yard touchdown pass, a perfect fade throw, and it was 35-0 at the break.
With the teams agreeing to running time in the second half, things proceeded swiftly with the only score coming as senior Donovan Kaufman continued his brilliant season, forcing a fumble, scooping it up and running 25 yards for a score to account for the final margin.
Kaufman now has three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two defensive touchdowns, four sacks and a kick return for a touchdown in just five games.
“It’s not just about the turnovers, it’s about points, also,” Kaufman said. “When we create that turnover, we want to get points.”
Wickersham completed 9-of-13 passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns and rushed four times for 18 yards.
Diggs finished with 10 carries for 60 yards and two scores while senior Jaelen Sturgis had 13 carries for 74 yards. Moore finished with three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown and Wilwright IV had the two catches for 27 yards and two touchdowns.
Rummel held Shaw to minus six yards rushing and the Eagles did not complete a pass until the fourth quarter, when the Raiders had reserves in the game. Freshman Brandon Eddinburgh, pressed into action due to a shoulder injury to senior starter Tyler Nichol, was harassed throughout. He was sacked three times and completed just 3-of-16 passes for 61 yards with an interception.
The Raiders (5-0, 1-0) face a mid-season showdown next Saturday, hosting unbeaten Brother Martin (5-0, 2-0) at Joe Yenni Stadium at 2 p.m. You can watch the game live at Crescent City Sports and listen to it live on 106.1 FM NASH ICON.
“We have to have a good week of practice this week,” Monica said. “Brother Martin is extremely talented and they’ve been playing good defense as well. It looks to be a good game next and the last four will be tough.”
The Eagles (2-3, 0-2) are back into the fire, facing top-ranked and defending Division I state champion John Curtis Christian next Friday evening at Joe Zimmerman Stadium.
“Next week, it’s serious,” Kaufman said. “We want payback from that playoff game. Even though we won (27-23 in quarterfinals), they embarrassed us. He (Garrett Mmahat) is real good. We’re looking forward to facing them (Brother Martin) again.”
RUM 21 14 7 0 — 42
SHAW 0 0 0 0 — 0
RUM—Logan Diggs, 4-yard run (Patrick Vanderbrook kick)
RUM—Ivory Wilwright IV, 20 yard pass from Kyle Wickersham (Patrick Vanderbrook kick)
RUM—Ivory Wilwright IV, 7-yard pass from Kyle Wickersham (Patrick Vanderbrook kick)
RUM—Logan Diggs, 1-yard run (Patrick Vanderbrook kick)
RUM—Koy Moore, 2-yard pass from Kyle Wickersham (Patrick Vanderbrook kick)
RUM—Donovan Kaufman, 25-yard interception return (Patrick Vanderbrook kick)
First Downs: RUM 17, SHAW 2
Penalties: RUM 8 for 68 yards, SHAW 4 for 31 yards
Sacks: RUM 3, SHAW 2
Turnovers: RUM 1, SHAW 2
Rushing Yards: RUM 201, SHAW -6
Passing Yards: RUM 135, SHAW 61
Total Yards: RUM 336, SHAW 55
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