The 5th seeded Rummel Raiders are headed back to the Superdome for a second straight season.
The Raiders drove 65 yards for a fourth quarter touchdown to upset top seed St Aug 31-28 before a packed house at Joe Yenni Stadium Saturday night.
The loss ended the high school career of St Aug running back Leonard Fournette, considered to be the top player in the nation for the class of 2014.
Fournette scored three touchdowns and a pair of two point conversions, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Raiders. Rummel’s winning touchdown drive was capped by a 9 yard reverse field run by tailback Ivan Phipps. Phipps started to the left, was trapped, and raced all the way around the right end for a touchdown with 1:21 to play.
Rummel led 31-28 and was trying to run the clock out. But on third down, the Raiders fumbled on the handoff exchange from quarterback Chase Fourcade to running back Keith Fulton with 24 seconds to play in the game.
But, on the next play, Toi Jackson’s pass was intercepted by Henre’ Tolliver at the Rummel one yard line.
“Yeah, that was a mistake on my part,” said Rummel coach Jay Roth of the stretch play to the left that resulted in the fumble.
Fournette’s 39 yard touchdown run in the third quarter cut the Rummel lead to 24-22. In the fourth, his 12 yard touchdown reception gave the Purple Knights the lead, 28-24.
That’s when Rummel mounted its 65 yard drive. Phipps’ reverse field run sent the Raiders to the Superdome.
Rummel will play Byrd at 8:30 pm Thursday December 12th in the Division I championship game. Last season, the Raiders beat Barbe to win the 5A championship. Schools were split this season into public and private school playoffs.
Does it mean as much to the get to the Dome this season? “Now, that it has happened, yes,” said Rummel Coach Jay Roth.
“Their (Rummel) experience show,” said St Aug head coach Cyril Crutchfield.