Rummel to play at Mandeville in opening week of football season to replace lost out-of-state games
A pair of excellent football programs have switched directions and are now scheduled to play each other to open the 2020 prep football regular season.
Defending Division I state champion Archbishop Rummel will travel to Sidney Theriot Stadium to face Mandeville on Friday, Sept. 4, if games are played on time.
Both the Raiders and Skippers were scheduled to take on out-of-state teams in week one.
Rummel had been slated to face a rematch with Charlotte (NC) Catholic on Sept. 5 at Joe Yenni Stadium but concerns about travel and the coronavirus prevented the game from happening. Rummel went to Charlotte and won 7-3 a year ago.
“Once we started realizing some of our out of state games may not happen, we looked at other schools who were scheduled to play out-of-state teams and Mandeville had the same issue,” Rummel coach Nick Monica said. “It just made sense. It is good competition and a good way to start the season. We had to give up a home game but it is a road trip to test our young men early and not far from home.”
Mandeville was scheduled to host a return game with Poplarville (MS). The Skippers went to Poplarville and won 65-35 a year ago.
“Poplarville had its first two weeks cut off so they were getting asked to play other people so we agreed to let them do it,” Mandeville coach Hutch Gonzales said. “Anytime you get to play a program like that, it is going to be a test early to face Rummel. Fortunately for us, we are really looking forward to it this year with so many returning starters. You can’t ask for better than facing a program like Rummel. It will be great test very early.”
Rummel went 13-0 and defeated Catholic of Baton Rouge 14-10 in the Division I state championship game a year ago while Mandeville went 9-4 and reached the Class 5A quarterfinals, falling to Haughton 34-14.
The Raiders and Skippers have met eight times in the history of the two programs with Rummel holding a 6-2 edge. The Raiders have won the last five meetings. Most recently, the Raiders, under Jay Roth, edged the Skippers, under Guy LeCompte, by a 14-10 margin in the Class 5A semifinals in 2012 as the Raiders went on to complete an unbeaten season, winning the last unified 5A state championship the following week over Barbe.
Of the eight meetings between the two schools, seven have been decided by seven points or less while six have been decided by four points or fewer.
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