The Raiders scored 22 straight four quarter points to beat Barbe 35-14 Saturday night to win the school’s first state football championship.
Barbe took a 14-13 lead in the third quarter on a 23 yard touchdown pass from Kennan Fontenot to DeSean Smith.
Rummel answered quickly going 9 plays, 80 yards, taking 2:59 off the clock. Quarterback Damian Williams threw a 33 yard pass to wide receiver Steven Dunbar. Dunbar was able to shake off a tackler and raced down to the Barbe three yard line.
Keith Fulton then scored on a three yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Rummel a 19-14 lead. The Raiders added a two point conversion on a pass from Williams to Dunbar, who ran across route thru the front of the endzone.
Fulton added two more touchdowns. He carried 22 times for 132 yards. Williams was named the most outstanding player for Rummel, rushing for 49 yards and completing 11 of 13 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
Rummel was making its second trip to the state 5A championship game. After the victory, head coach Jay Roth told his players to appreciate their team with the state championship trophy. “Treat it like the Stanley Cup,” said Roth. “Drink from it, carry it around the lockerroom. Enjoy it.”