Roth to former boss Tierney: Congrats and thanks

First, a word to CEO Bob Becker and his workers at City Park: If you are going to charge high schools $2,000, and, in the case of Catholic schools who use Tad Gormley Stadium, more than $3,000 to turn on the lights, you should at least have a full complement of lights to turn on.

There is not one of the stadium’s eight light standards that does not have several lights burned out.

Seems to me that $3,000 should buy a few bulbs.

It may rankle the nesting conures, but football by candlelight was never meant to be a romantic sport.

And I’ll venture to speculate that every light in the Celebration in the Oaks displays will be illuminated.

Now back to the games.

Archbishop Rummel head coach Jay Roth thanked his former boss and later competitor, Hank Tierney, in the wee hours of Saturday morning for his Ponchatoula team’s 26-0 rout of then No. 1 Acadiana.

Tierney’s wreckin’ of the Rams, coupled with Rummel’s 48-0 rout of Covington, put Roth’s Raiders in the Class 5A top spot in this week’s Top 10 poll. It also reduced Roth’s quest to join Tierney as a 200-game winner to three more victories.

Roth served as an assistant at Shaw under Hank before taking the head coaching job at his alma mater.

No. 200 could come against Shaw on Oct. 3 if Rummel (2-0) can get past Wayne County, Mississippi, and Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey.

And how about Brother Martin, whose football team has a higher scoring average than the school’s basketball team!

The Crusaders scored 58 points against Plaquemine and 68 against St. Stanislaus. In that game at Bay St. Louis, junior tailback Bruce Jordan-Swilling scored seven touchdowns and gained 344 yards.

For those who wonder if those stats are city records, the answer is no. Jordan-Swilling is five yards and two touchdowns shy of the highest marks.

Brother Martin hosts Edna Karr this week at Gormley. The always tough Cougars displayed a soft underbelly in two early losses to St. Paul’s and Landry-Walker.

Holy Cross faces its former next-door rival, Chalmette, on Sept. 18. Both teams enter with 1-1 records. The Tigers gained a little momentum by beating Hammond, 27-6, last Friday.

Jesuit came through with what head coach Mark Songy described as a “must win” by rallying late to overtake a strong St. Paul’s team, 17-14.

Now the reigning Division I champion Blue Jays will be further tested when they visit Escambia, unbeaten in three games, in Pensacola.

Although 1-1 after losing 37-23 to the No. 2 team in Class 4A (Teurlings Catholic), Archbishop Shaw is as competitive as ever. This week the Eagles face West Jefferson, coached by former St. Augustine coach Cyril Crutchfield.

And everyone’s waiting for St. Aug to catch fire. So far, ill-timed mistakes and penalties have haunted the 0-2 Purple Knights’ efforts. This week they will host Landry-Walker, another team whose ability has been tripped up by mistakes.

St. Paul’s hosts 2-0 Denham Springs, which has a 73-0 scoring edge over its first two opponents. This is a good test for both teams.

De La Salle fans should be excited about the Cavaliers’ start. They have outscored two early foes, 89-14. But this week will tell the tale when the Cavs trek to Farmerville to face a powerful Class 3A Union Parish eleven. If they come home with a win over this former state champion, the district can begin to shudder.

St. Charles Catholic has yet to give up a point in wins over Thibodaux and Thomas Jef- ferson. This week is Vandebilt Catholic’s turn to find out how difficult it is to win in LaPlace.

The Comets will have to keep playing well. Ahead of them are district rivals Newman, West St. John and Riverside Academy, all unbeaten.

Last week Riverside knocked off the No. 1 team in Class 3A, Parkview Baptist.

Archbishop Hannan gave new coach Scott Wattigny his first victory last week over Covenant Christian. And don’t be surprised if the Hawks don’t make it a double when they host St. Martin’s on Sept. 18.

The win is important as the Hawks enter district play against favorite St. Thomas Aquinas a week later.

Pope John Paul II will face four unbeaten teams over the next five weeks, starting with Newman on Sept. 18.

Ron Brocato can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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