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Byrd fails to garner Rummel redemption
November 11, 2017, 2:29 pm

By Jimmy Watson, The Times

f there’s any school in the United States of American that owed Archbishop Rummel a loss, it was the Byrd Yellow Jackets.

When the two teams met in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the 2013 LHSAA Division I state title, thanks to one of the worst calls in the country that year, according to some eyewitness observers, the Raiders stole a one-point win.

Right before Rummel’s Ivan Phipps reached the goal line, he dropped the ball, but was still awarded the touchdown, giving the Raiders a disputed victory. Although none of the Jackets playing in Friday’s LHSAA Division I first-round playoff game were around for that contest, they were probably reminded of it in the locker room. 

Friday’s rematch was supposed to be a nip-and-tuck affair with a No. 8 seed (Byrd) hosting No. 9-seeded Rummel. The Raiders had lost four of their final five games entering the playoffs, while the Jackets had lost two straight before a bye in week 10. 

But Byrd didn’t play like a team with any such revenge on its mind Friday night when the fourth meeting all-time with Rummel began. The Jackets fell behind by four touchdowns, before showing a spark in the second quarter, and then falling 55-28 to the visitors from Metarie. 

“We spotted them 21 points, but once we started running our offense we did alright,” Byrd coach Mike Suggs said. 

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