Crusaders win state playoff rematch at East Nicolaus

Photo by Taunya Brunton – St. Bernard’s quarterback Drew Sisemore in action at East Nicolaus on Friday night.

The St. Bernard’s Crusaders rallied from an early 0-6 deficit with five unanswered touchdowns in a comfortable 31-6 win at East Nicolaus on Friday night.

The game, which was only scheduled on Thursday after the Ferndale Wildcats were forced to pull out of a scheduled game against the Crusaders this weekend, was a rematch of the teams’ state semifinal showdown two years ago, which was also won by SB.

Crusaders head coach Matt Tomlin was particularly proud of his players for how they quickly bought into the matchup after only finding out about it 27 hours beforehand and having a walk through in the parking lot of their hotel on the morning of the game.

“It was only a regular season win, but I feel like this was one of the most memorable wins we’ve had in our nine years here,” Tomlin said.

Braeden Zimmerman had a big game on both sides of the ball, connecting with receiver Demetrius Rawson on an 80-yard TD pass as the visitors began to take control in the second quarter.

Zimmerman also recovered a fourth-quarter fumble and returned it 20 yards for a TD.

Rawson, who finished with around 200 yards receiving, added a second TD catch late in the game, this one from junior quarterback Drew Sisemore for 77 yards.

It was Sisemore’s second TD pass of the night, after earlier tying the game at 6-6 with a 13-yard throw to Peyton Smith.

Demarte Prudhomme also scored on a 19-yard fourth-quarter TD run and made several big gains.

The offensive line had a big night too, giving up just one sack despite the Crusaders throwing the ball around 50 times, while Tomlin praised the defense for holding a quality team like East Nicolaus to just six points.

With the win, the Crusaders improved to 2-1.

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