Rummel’s defense stands tall in jamboree win over St. Paul’s

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COVINGTON – In a matchup of two solid defenses, Archbishop Rummel’s offense capitalized on the opportunities its defense provided in a 14-0 victory over St. Paul’s Friday night in the Christian Brothers Jamboree at Hunter Field.

The varsity game was streamed live by Crescent City Sports. The replay of the broadcast is available here.

The Raiders defense forced three turnovers, with the offense turning two of them into touchdowns. The defense also had four sacks and held the Wolves to minus-4 total yards.

“We got to play with some short fields after some turnovers,” said first-year Rummel head coach Nick Monica. “I’m very proud of them.”

The first score came with 4:14 left in the first half, three plays after a Raider fumble recovery, when Kyle Wickersham hit Ivory Wilright IV for a 29-yard touchdown down the seam.

In the second half, Aaron Thomas’ interception – which was returned for a touchdown before being called back by a penalty – put Rummel back in St. Paul’s territory, and four plays later, Logan Bertucci punched it in from the 7 with 11:25 remaining.

Rummel finished with 191 yards of offense, including 109 from the arm of Wickersham, who finished 7-of-11 but was intercepted twice. Koy Moore caught five of those passes for 73 yards.

“Our defense has given us incredible looks at practice,” said Moore, who announced his commitment to LSU earlier this month. “I think we’ve got the best defense in the state.”

The Raiders committed a pair of turnovers themselves and had seven penalties. They also lost a pair of offensive starters to injury.

“We’ll go back and get the prognosis and see what it looks like going into next week,” Monica said. “We’ve got to find a way to stay healthy.”

St. Paul’s got three first downs on a 6½ minute drive to start the game, but could not get anything going after that.

“I thought our guys did a good job,” St. Paul’s coach Kenny Sears said of his defense. “They kept us in the game. We (forced) a couple of turnovers, but turnovers are what hurt us (offensively). We gave opportunities to Rummel and they took advantage.”

Rummel heads to North Carolina next Friday to face a tough Charlotte Catholic team, while St. Paul’s opens its schedule at home against McMain.

Final Statistics
First Downs:
Rummel 9
St. Paul’s 3 (none after first possession of game

Penalties:
Rummel 7 for 62 yards
St. Paul’s 3 for 25 yards

Sacks:
Rummel 4
St. Paul’s 2

Turnovers:
Rummel 3
St. Paul’s 2

Rushing Yards:
Rummel 82
St. Paul’s -10

Passing Yards:
Rummel 109
St. Paul’s 6

Total Yards
Rummel 191
St. Paul’s -4

Individual:
Rummel Rushing
Jaelen Sturgis 7 carries for 48 yards
Logan Bertucci 8 carries for 20 yards
Cameron Francioni 0 carries for 5 yards
Kyle Wickersham 4 carries for -9 yards

Rummel Passing
Kyle Wickersham 7-of-11 for 109 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rummel Receiving
Koy Moore 5 catches for 73 yards
Ivory Wright IV 1 catch for 29 yards and 1 TD
Keith Robertson 1 catch for 7 yards

St. Paul’s Rushing
Carter Elie 5 carries for 13 yards
Mitchell Smith 6 carries for 6 yards
Danny Sears 2 carries for 4 yards
Grant Billson 4 carries for -29 yards
Caleb Frost 2 carries for 4 yards

St. Paul’s Passing
Grant Billson 2-of-6 for 6 yards
Caleb Frost 0-of-1

St. Paul’s Receiving
Mitchell Smith 1 catch for 4 yards
Danny Sears 1 catch for 2 yards

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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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