The second of our two games on YurView Louisiana this week will feature two high schools from different states with a rich history, as the Rummel Raiders host the Escambia Gators at 7:00 on Saturday.
Rummel won back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013, while Escambia has produced two great running backs in NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith and Trent Richardson, who was an All-American at Alabama.
The Gators feature another great running back this season. Frank Peasant has already rushed for 400 yards and four touchdowns in two games.
After making his name at linebacker last year, Escambia’s @frankpeasant16 nearly hit 300 rushing yards tonight in an ‘unbelievable’ running back debut https://t.co/PsqpMxMru3 #pnjsports pic.twitter.com/rMPLxf5xFO
— Eric Wallace (@EWall14) August 24, 2018
Escambia has been getting good quarterback play from AV Smith. The junior has thrown for 209 yards and a touchdown. He’s also rushed for 126 yards, with a long of 36 yards. His top two receivers are Deterius Gideon and Jaylen Blackmon. They’ve combined to catch nine passes on the young season.
Escambia’s top players on defense are Jamall Potter, Rodney Robinson Jr and Noah Lord, who is known as ‘Mr. Nasty.’ Lord is a three-year starter and is a throwback football player. His head coach, Mike Bennett, compares Lord’s playing style to Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus.
Rummel features some big-time weapons on offense. Raiders Quarterback Chandler Fields is a UL-Lafayette commitment after throwing for 2,359 yards, 30 touchdowns and just five interceptions last season. He has a strong arm, with good feet and lives to play football.
In Rummel’s spread offense he’ll look to USC commitment Koy Moore, who is one of the top players in the state for the Class of 2020. Moore is healthy this season after missing the second half of last year with a broken collarbone.
— Koy Moore 🇲🇦 الحمدلله (@asap_koy) August 7, 2018
But those who follow Rummel football know that long time coach Jay Roth likes to run the football. Junior Jaelen Sturgis looks like the next great Raider running back. Sturgis rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns in a season opening 34-6 win over Gulfport, Mississippi.
Six starters are back on defense for Rummel.
Jordon Williams is an up and coming junior on the defensive line. Caboz Craig is just a sophomore and he’s holding his own in the trenches.
Quinton Cage is a big-time hitter, while Malik Woodery is an experienced corner. Gavin Holmes returned an interception for a touchdown.
Since appearing in the 2015 state championship game, Rummel has gone 7-4 and 6-5, which are not the standards the Jefferson Parish school is accustomed to- but there’s a belief Rummel has enough talent this year to get back to the Division One state championship game.
Meanwhile, Escambia is seeking a third straight district title and win over Rummel gives them a 3-0 record.
Join us Saturday night at 7 PM from Joe Yenni Stadium or watch the game streaming LIVE at yurview.com.