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Rummel dominates Thibodaux, 56-0

METAIRIE — Thibodaux kept it close for a quarter, but once Archbishop Rummel got going, there was no stopping them, as the Tigers dropped a 56-0 decision in Saturday’s nondistrict game at Joe Yenni Stadium.

“They are just a big physical team,” Thibodaux coach Chris Dugas said. “They are real well coached. Coach (Jay) Roth does a great job. Probably one of the best teams I’ve seen in the last couple of years.”

Rummel (6-0 overall) entered the game as the No. 1 ranked team in the LHSAA’s Class 5A poll.

The Raiders moved the ball easily in the first quarter, but big defensive plays by Thibodaux (2-3) kept them out of the end zone.

Raider quarterback Damian Williams coughed it up near the Tigers’ end zone on Rummel’s first possession and Shyheem Thompson  recovered on the Thibodaux 8-yard line.

A Thibodaux three and out gave the Raiders the ball again, and on third and eight from the Thibodaux 32, Victor Bimah burst through and sacked Williams for a 10-yard loss, forcing a rare Raiders punt.

After another Tiger punt, Thompson nabbed his second turnover when he picked off Williams at the Thibodaux seven.

“Yes, I was worried,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said of his team’s first quarter performance. “Fumbles, penalties, interceptions, I thought we were in for a dogfight. Then we just got back to running the football.”

And run Rummel did, 36 times for 245 yards, a 6.8 yard per carry effort. A short Tiger punt set Rummel up at the Thibodaux 41, and four runs later, Brandon Phillips was breaking a 15-yard run for the game’s first score at 9:28 left in the half.

Thibodaux’s next offensive play resulted in the Raiders’ second score when quarterback Wesley Lassaire fumbled into his own end zone and Rummel’s Moses Delshone recovered for a quick score, making it 14-0 with 9:19 left.

A short Thibodaux punt gave Rummel good field position, and Williams took advantage, hitting Steven Dunbar on a swing pass that Dunbar took untouched 32 yards for the score, making it 21-0 7:37 left.

Another short field resulted in another Raider score when Keith Fulton capped a 39-yard drive to make it 28-0 going into the locker room.

The Raiders opened the second half with a seven-play touchdown drive, going 34 yards with Fulton getting the 3-yard touchdown carry.

Blade Martinez fumbled on Thibodaux’s next series, and Rummel went three plays in 18 yards to make it 42-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Rummel put up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Rummel kicker Zachary Pelet made all eight of his extra point attempts, and he put seven of his nine kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks.