Holy Cross had its running game working Friday night in Hammond as the Tigers rushed for more than 200 yards in a 27-6 win over the Tornadoes.
Meanwhile, the Holy Cross defense was doing its job. After allowing Hammond to march almost 70 yards for a touchdown on its opening possession, the Tigers limited the Tornadoes to less than 100 total yards the remainder of the contest.
Hammond (0-2) took a 6-0 lead when Reed Roberts went on a tackle-breaking 78-yard touchdown run on the Tornadoes’ opening drive.
The Tigers (1-1) cut the deficit in half on a 34-yard Gavin Broussard field goal with less than five minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
A partially-blocked punt gave the Tigers excellent field position in the second quarter. Holy Cross took advantage when quarterback Chandler Fields scored on a 6-yard run to give the Tigers their first lead of the game at 10-6 with less than nine minutes remaining in the first half.
Special teams provided the next Holy Cross score when a fumble snap from center by the Tornadoes in punt formation was scooped up the Tigers’ Laiton Johnson and returned 11 yards for a touchdown to make the score 17-6.
Broussard connected on a 23-yard field goal in the closing moments of the second quarter to give Holy Cross a 20-6 lead at the break.
The only score of the second half came on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Fields to Darius Rodrigue less than two minutes into the third quarter.
On Hammond’s possession following the touchdown toss by Fields, the Tornadoes reached the Holy Cross 21-yard line but the threat ended on an interception by Trevor Riley in the end zone on the final play of the third quarter.