- Feature Story
- Game Recap
- NCL Staff
- November 14, 2016 - 6:33am
Brother Martin used a 28-point second quarter to exploded past McKinley 42-0 in the opening round of the Division I playoffs Friday at Zephyr Field.
The Crusaders, the No. 6 seed, advanced to take on Catholic of Baton Rouge. Catholic, the No. 3 seed, had a first-round bye. McKinley, which ended its season 4-7, was the No. 11 seed.
Brother Martin and Catholic will meet in the quarterfinals for the third year in a row.
The Crusaders’ defense helped to set up Brother Martin’s first two touchdowns against McKinley.
Following a scoreless first quarter, fumble recovery by Brother Martin linebacker Patrick Willis set up the game’s first score one play later on a 10-yard run by Crusaders quarterback John-Paul Pierce.
Ashton Merritt intercepted a pass two plays into McKinley’s next possession, setting up a 47-yard touchdown pass from Pierce to Jeremy Singleton.
Special teams proved the next score when Brady Faust returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-0.
The final score of the quarter came on a 32-yard run by Jordan Bruce-Swilling to give the Crusaders a 28-0 halftime lead.
Jordan-Swilling and Chris Smith each added short touchdown runs in the third quarter for the 42-0 final. Jordan-Swilling topped 100 yards rushing in the game.