Brother Martin apparently was just waiting for the weather to clear in its 33-20 win Friday night over Plaquemine.
The Crusaders, the top-ranked team in Class 5A, quickly fell behind Plaquemine 14-0 before lightning strikes delayed play for two hours Friday night in the season opener for both teams at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Plaquemine, ranked fourth in Class 4A, scored in lightning-quick fashion when Wayne Toussant returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. A 23-yard touchdown pass from Treyvon Leblanc to Cody Willis minutes later gave the Green Devils their 14-0 lead.
Following the delay, it was the Crusaders’ turn to strike quickly. Senior running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling scored on a 1-yard run on Brother Martin’s initial drive following the delay.
A squib kick was recovered by Brother Martin’s Eric Lassair, giving the ball right back to the Crusaders. A 30-yard strike from John-Paul Pierce to Lassair pulled Brother Martin (1-0) to within a point at 14-13.
Plaquemine (0-1) briefly halted the Crusaders’ momentum on a touchdown toss from Leblanc to Toussant to stretch the lead to 20-13.
The touchdown proved to be the last score of the game for the Green Devils.
Jordan-Swilling, who topped 100 yards rushing, countered with a pair of short touchdown runs late in the first half to give Brother Martin a lead the Crusaders would not relinquish.
Jordan-Swilling, a Georgia Tech commitment, almost added the only points of the second half in the third quarter on a run but fumbled inside the Plaquemine 5-yard line. The scoring honor went to Brother Martin’s Pattre’en Hughes, who picked up the loose ball and scampered into the end zone.