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Three long runs doom Terriers

During postgame interviews both Brother Martin coach Mark Bonis and Vandebilt Catholic coach Brad Villavaso agreed that the Terriers defense had a good game plan in attempting to stop the Crusaders offense on Friday night.

But despite that well-devised plan, three long touchdown runs grounded the Terriers.

In a 27-10 nondistrict Brother Martin victory, the Crusaders scored on runs of 76, 85 and 45 yards and that proved enough for them to walk off a sloppy field at Buddy Marcello Stadium in Houma with a win.

Freshman running back Bruce Jordan (nine carries, 195 yards, three touchdowns) had the two longest scoring runs for Brother Martin (3-2 overall) and junior Jared West added the other long score.

"Our offensive line (anchored by tackle and LSU commitment William Clapp) played well and our backs played well," Bonis said. "I thought (the Terriers) had a pretty good game plan, but we were able to block some guys and make big plays that helped out tremendously."

Villavaso said just having one player out of place on defense has plagued the Terriers for as long as he can remember.

"I thought our defensive staff did a good job putting the game plan together. That guy (Jordan) is a pretty good running back, and I have to watch the film to see what happened, but we have to fit everything right (on defense)," Villavaso said. "I thought we played well despite the three long runs they broke on us. That has been our deal forever, and it will always be our deal. If we have a guy in the wrong gap, and a running back gets a crease, those things happen to us."

The scoring in first half came when Vandebilt's Tristan Guillory plunged into the end zone from 2 yards out in the second quarter for a 7-0 lead and then Jordan broke the 76-yard run for a Brother Martin score and later added a 5-yard touchdown run to cap a nine-play, 48-yard drive for a 13-7 Brother Martin halftime advantage.

After Jordan's 85-yard scoring gallop, Patrick Watson (extra point) brought the Terriers (3-2) closer with 6:22 to go in the third quarter when his 49-yard field goal made it a 20-10 Brother Martin lead.

The Terriers (240 total yards, 161 rushing, 11 first downs), who got 97 yards rushing on 10 carries and four catches for 45 yards from Justen Harris, then got the ball back, but fumbled it away.

After another Vandebilt defensive stand, Terriers quarterback Bailey Pere (10-of-18, 79 yards, three interceptions) was intercepted by Andrew Benfatti after Terriers tight end Chase Hawthorne had the ball go through his arms.

Brother Martin (291 rushing yards, 41 passing, 332 total, 14 first downs) capitalized when West (11 carriers, 74 yards) added the 45-yard score with 8:47 to play that helped the Crusaders seal the win.

"Offensively, it seems like every time we need a play we are just not getting it. We got behind the chains too much," Villavaso said. "We have to put together some drives and score some points. We had four turnovers, and when you play good teams like Brother Martin that just cannot happen. We miss three gaps on defense and turn the ball over four times, that's seven opportunities in the game that were crucial to us. We got beat by a good football team, but I thought we could have played them better than that."

Brother Martin starting quarterback Jake Broggi, who played as a freshman at H.L. Bourgeois last season, was 5-of-9 for 41 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

Bonis said the field conditions limited the Crusaders on some of the things they wanted to do offensively.

"I wish it would have been in better conditions. I think it would have been better played on both sides," Bonis said. "We were lucky to play the game though with (Tropical Storm Karen). Vandebilt is a good team with a good tradition. Our quarterback Jake Broggi threw for almost 200 yards last week. He is starting to really come around. With district coming up, we weren't able to execute all the things we wanted to because of the weather, but we may come across these conditions later in the season, which will give us some experience with them."

Kickoff was moved up an hour to 6 p.m. because of the tropical system.