Rummel took at 14-0 lead in the first quarter, then held off Mandeville 17-14 to win a state semifinal game Friday night at Joe Yenni stadium. The Raiders were state finalists in 2009, losing to the West Monroe in the championship game.
“I told our kids when it was 14-0 the game was far from over,” said Rummel head coach Jay Roth.
Rummel took the opening possession for a touchdown. Quarterback Damien Williams threw a 57 yard pass to wide receiver Steven Dunbar. Williams then tossed a 12 yard touchdown pass to Keron Castillo in the left corner of the endzone.
Williams ran 38 yards for a touchdown to give Rummel a 14-0 lead.
The Skippers tied the game with 11:25 to play on a 22 yard touchdown pass from Glenn Cuielette to Zachary Tircuit. The Skippers then converted the two point conversion as Cuielette found Parker Orgeron in the back left corner of the endzone.
Rummel then drove 13 plays to take the lead. Zachary Pilet kicked a 31 yard field goal with 1:44 to play to the Raiders a 17-14 lead.
Mandeville reached the semifinals for the second consecutive season. #1 seed Rummel plays #2 Barbe in the 5A championship Saturday at 8 pm at the Superdome.