It’s Catholic League crunch time
Until now, no member of the vaunted Catholic League has been able to compete against the big three – Archbishop Rummel, Brother Martin and Jesuit.
But with just three weeks left in the 2014 season, something’s about to give. And which of the three will be the sole survivor is up for speculation and grabs.
Logic and the numbers say that Rummel and Brother Martin should play for the District 9-5A championship on Nov. 8.
Both enter Week 8 with 7-0 records and identical power rankings to lead the state’s largest class of high school football teams. Rummel is ranked by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as the No. 1 team in that class, while Brother Martin is No. 7.
But who’s fooling whom?
With a lone loss to perhaps the best public school power in Louisiana, Ponchatoula, Jesuit will be Rummel’s first, and perhaps most difficult test of the season when the two meet at Joe Yenni Stadium on Oct. 25.
Ranked No. 5 in the LSWA Top 10 and sixth overall in power rankings, Jesuit has the manpower and ability to defeat Rummel (I didn’t say it will).
But it is certain that parking will be at a premium in the neighborhood around the 8,000-seat Yenni Stadium.
If the game were to be played at Tad Gormley with its 24,500-seat capacity, the two would draw between 12,000-15,000 spectators.
Rummel also plays Brother Martin at its “home” Yenni field to end the season Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
Another pivotal game, matching Jesuit against Brother Martin on Nov. 1 will be at Gormley, and if Martin defeats Archbishop Shaw this week and Jesuit gets past Rummel, the crowd at City Park that day will be enormous. The aroma from the barbecue pits from the tailgaters may reach
Lakeshore Drive and the CBD.
Latest Select rankings
While there is still some business to transact on the fields before the playoffs begin in a month, here’s the way the 12 teams which will compete in the Select school Division I playoffs appear today:
1. Archbishop Rummel and Brother Martin (tied)
3. John Curtis
4. Teurlings Catholic
5. St. Thomas More
7. Catholic-Baton Rouge
9. St. Paul’s
10. Archbishop Shaw
11. Holy Cross
12. St. Augustine
Remember, St. Thomas More and Teurlings Catholic, two Class 4A teams, will move up to compete in this short-handed division. Curtis and Evangel will also move up from Class 3A.
All four have boosted their power rankings by competing against schools of higher class.
NOTES – Speaking of rivalries, St. Paul’s and Covington High renew theirs on Oct. 24 at Hunter Stadium.
Following that game, the Wolves are on the road for their final two: at 7-0 Ponchatoula on Nov. 1 and at 4-3 Fontainebleau on Nov. 7.
Joe Boudoin is back as Mount Carmel Academy’s athletic director following the resignation of Panos Bountovinas, who also served as the head basketball coach. Bountovinas’ assistant coach, Kevin McGlathery, was elevated into the head coaching position.