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Brother Martin defeated McKinley, 42-10, in this week's Online Game of the Week at Zephyr Field
Brother Martin defeated McKinley, 42-10, in this week's Online Game of the Week at Zephyr Field

Crusaders Blank Panthers in Opening Round
Bruce Jordan-Swilling racks up 104 yards and two touchdowns

David Kahn
WWL Radio


Football
Posted Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:19:45 CT

 
NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Brother Martin Crusaders kept their six-game winning streak alive in big fashion tonight, shutting out the McKinley Panthers, 42-0, at the Shrine on Airline, ending the team’s first playoff action in three years.

The game started off with both teams showing some early playoff jitters, as McKinley gained just 15 yards on its opening drive before punting it away, and Brother Martin’s John-Paul Pierce threw a rare interception on the play after he thought he had a touchdown to Erick Lassair that was called back for holding.

A scoreless first led to a raucous second quarter, as the Crusaders capitalized on a pair of McKinley turnovers to put up 14 points in the blink of an eye. Matthew Alfonso forced a fumble on quarterback LittleJohn Lewis that was recovered by Patrick Willis, and two plays later, Pierce found the end zone from eight yards out. Ashton Merritt created the second miscue, intercepting Josh Quiett to set up a Jeremy Singleton 48-yard catch and run score, during which Singleton bulldozed his way through three Panther defenders after he was initially stood up at the five-yard line.

Brother Martin wasn’t done, however, as the defense forced another McKinley punt on the next drive that Brady Faust took back to the house 75 yards in about 10 seconds to make it 21-0 before McKinley’s defense even sniffed the field.

Bruce Jordan-Swilling capped the first half scoring by breaking through for a 32-yard scamper to make it 28-0 Crusaders, as Jordan-Swilling cracked the 100-yard mark in the first half, totaling 102 yards.

Brother Martin stepped off the pedal in the second half, as both teams ran just three drives in the third and fourth quarters. The Crusaders did cash in on touchdowns on two of them, as Jordan-Swilling went to pay dirt from one yard away and freshman running back Chris Smith scored from four yards out to make it 42-0 late in the third.

Overall, McKinley looked undermatched and undermanned against a disciplined and veteran Brother Martin team, and the Crusaders were able to take advantage of some timely turnovers tonight to blank the Panthers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Brother Martin will face Catholic High – Baton Rouge next week in the quarterfinals of the Division I playoffs. The game will take place in Baton Rouge, and is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff on Friday, November 18, from Olympia Stadium.

You can listen to the audio archive of this game at any time on WWL.com.

 


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