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1991 -- 1992

The first day of class for the '91-'92 school year was August 23.


The Genesian Players produced Grease, Rumors, The Dark, and Brigadoon during the academic year.


Marc Martin became the sixth permanent head coach at Rummel during the 1991 season.  He replaced Joe Burckel, whose Army Reserve duties were expected to keep in out of the area for another year.  Martin, a Class of '72 alumnus, was a long-time assistant having served as defensive coordinator, secondary, and linebacker coach for 13 seasons.  He was a Rummel tailback and defensive back from 1968 until 1971. "I have either played for, or coached under, every coach in Rummel history," he said.  Offensive coordinator Al Pontiff's duties included coaching the offense and calling the plays. 

Under coach Martin the Raiders, with 13 returning starters, switched from the wishbone to the I-formation.  Key players are Tackle Gary Anderson (6-4, 260, Sr.), guard Paul Scaffidi (6-3, 261, Sr.), quarterback Kevin Carrigee (who passed for 597 yards and four TDs last year), and running back Jimmy Cueto (who rushed for 299 yards and seven TDs last season).   The Raiders are also switching from the 4-4 to the 4-3 on defense utilizing Ryan O'Shaughnessy at middle linebacker. Billy Beron (6-4, 250, Jr.) and Sean Hummel (6-1, 240, Sr.).  Leading the secondary is Kevin Cash who had four interceptions last year. 

Beginning with the 1991 season, Rummel no longer hosted the Christian Brothers Jamboree. "The jamboree had not been going well the past few years," said Raider Athletic Director Ronnie Doyle. "Because we played on a Saturday night, we had a tough time with attendance and we had trouble finding teams. Slidell [the Slidell Jamboree] gave us an opportunity to play on either a Thursday or Friday night, so that gives the team more time to get ready for the first game. We were just looking for some type of continuity".
Season Scores:
Shaw 7- Rummel 0 in the Slidell Jamboree at the Superdome.  Pablo Rener rushed for 38 yards on five carries.  Instead of an extra point attempt for a tie and overtime play Coach Martin opted for a failed two-pointer.
Shaw 20 - Rummel 19 
Tailback Jimmy Cueto rushed for 123 yards on 24 carries.  Ricky Culotta ran 29 and 11 yards for touchdowns at Hoss Memtsas Stadium. 
Destrehan 23- Rummel 0 
The Raiders failed to gain any first downs and only 9 yards total offense on a muddy wet field.  Coach Martin quiped afterward, "Who played the best? "I think it must have been the trombone player in our band."
Rummel 21 - Carver 0   
Jimmy Cueto led the Raiders in scoring with two field goals ( 22-yards and 33 yards), one extra point and a 14-yard run for first touchdown of the game in the final quarter.  Johnny Heintz led in rushing with 119 yards on 20 carries.  at Joe Yenni Stadium. Quarterback Ricky Culotta ran a two-point conversion. The Raiders' second-unit backfield produced the next score, as sophomore Christian Harvey gained 63 yards on a drive that stalled at the Rams' 10-yard line. Rummel was set to attempt a field goal, but the Rams jumped offsides and gave Rummel a first down. Harvey scored on the next play from 5 yards. Cueto kicked the extra point to round out the scoring.  David Klapatch picked up a Carver fumble. 
South Terrebonne 28 - Rummel 20 
Ryan O'Shaughnessey caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Rick Culotta.  Johnny Heintz completed 88 yards during 18 runs and two touchdowns.
Rummel 3 - St. Augustine 0 
Ronnie Bertucci's interception and 61 yard run to the St. Aug 12-yard line was followed by a 2 yard run by Ricky Culotta allowing for Jimmy Cueto's 27-yard field goal in the Superdome with only 9 seconds remaining in the first half. 
Rummel 35 -  De La Salle 0  
After a De La Salle fumble Toby Dempsey recovered the ball on the De La Salle 2 yard line, Jimmy Cueto and converted for a 7-0 lead at 9:06. Ricky Culotta (who was 3 for 3 passing for a total of 89 yards) passed 29 yards to Joey Diecedue which allowed Cueto to score.  Culotta threw 31 yards to Kevin Carrigee followed by a 5-yard touchdown run by Christian Harvey (who gained 77 yards on 12 runs).  Rummel then recovered a De La Salle fumble on the 30 yard line which allowed for Culotta to pass to Ben McAdam for a 29 yard touchdown run. Pablo Rener (who earned 68 yards on 8 runs) rushed 23 yards rushed 23 yards for the final touchdown.  Tackle Billy Beron, had nine tackles for losses totaling 55 yards at Joe Yenni Stadium.
Rummel 42 - Jesuit 7   
Culotta passed 63 yards to Kevin Carrigee for a touchdown.  Three Jesuit fumbles where convereted to Rummel touchdowns.   During the 4th quarter Steve Appelbaum recovered a fumble which led to a 15 yard touchdown run by Johnny Heintz. Walter Dabdoub's inteception allowed for  a 10 yard touchdown by Heintz, and an interception by Davin Severa was returned 37 yards for a TD.  Heintz rushed for 128 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries at Joe Yenni Stadium.
Rummel 36 - McDonogh 35 21 (non-district)
Rick Culotta threw three touchdowns to Kevin Carrigee and ran 1 yard for a fourth after an 18-yard pass to Joey Diecedue. Eric Rebaudo recovered a fumbl which allowed Culotta to throw a 37 yard touchdown to Carrigee.  The game's leading rusher Johny Heintz ran 6 yards for a TD and a total of 99 yards on 13 carries. at Yenni Stadium.
Brother Martin 37 - Rummel 14
Brother Martin earned the play-off spot but Rummel's  7-3 record allowed for a wild card playof position. Toby Dempsey's recovered fumble allowed Ricky Culotta to pass to Jimmy Cueto for a conversion.  Pablo Rener scored on a 6-yard run at Joe Yenni with 6,000 fans.


Michael Corn, assistant track and cross country coach at Holy Cross and vice president of the Louisiana Track and Field Coaches Association, became Rummel's head cross country coach in the 1991 school year.

In the Holy Cross meet Chris Kehoe placed third with a 16:35.

The team competed in the high school division of the LSU Invitational Cross Country meet at Idlewild Research Center in Clinton, Louisiana and the Mandeville Invitational at Mandeville High Schoo in October.

In the Catholic High School Invitational Cross Country Rummel placed seventh with 331 points.

The Raiders placed third with 78 points in the The Brother Martin/Rummel Cross Country Meet.  De La Salle won first place with 55 points followed by Jesuit with 64 points.

Rummel took home the third place trophy at the District 10-5A cross country championship with 47 points.  Brother Martin won with 29 points.  Jesuit placed second with 45 points.


In the Greater New Orleans City Championships at UNO Lance Coy placed first in the boys division with a winning 100-meter backstroke, breaking his own record of 52.70 as well as the city record of 52.38.  The team placed second behind Jesuit.

Raiders took third place at the state meet at UNO with 153 points.  Jesuit won first place with 294 points followed by Brother Martin's 183 points.  Lance Coy had a personal best 21.58 in the 50 freestyle and won the 100 meter backstroke 51.82 making him 100 meter backstroke winner in four consecutive state championships as well as the state record holder.


Bo Capitano finished second in the New Orleans Interscholastic Tennis Association tournament at UNO. 


Keith Fabre trailed Grace King's Jonathan Schudmak in the finals for the top individual position of the 135-pound class at the Cashio-Schreiver Tournament at Jesuit.  In the 171-pound division finals between Kyle Herkender and Sean Grilleta and of Jesuit, Herkender placed second.


Season Records:

Rummel 47 - Abramson 46 (CYO tournament)
Brian Rivera, with 10 seconds remaining the this CYO tournament play scored the final points with a game record of 15 points.  Trent Jackson led all scorers with 16 points.

Shaw 62 - Rummel 54 (CYO tournament)


In the first round of the District 10-5A competition Rummel finished forth with 1-4.


The Chapelle and Archbishop Rummel High School Band and Auxilliary units received superior ratings in auxilliary, percussion and band categories in the Louisiana Music Educators Association District VI Festival in Destrehan.
Rummel Band moderators were Tony Frigo and Kevin Krotzer. The Chapellette moderator was Martha Flair.

"Rufus Rollin' Down the River"

On Dec. 7. 1991 the annual auction fundraiser was catered by Brennan's Restaurant and included a silent auction, an oral auction and music provided by the Raider Jazz Band in the gym.

Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Wednesday, December 18, 1991
Author: Nell Nolan:

The mascot of Archbishop Rummel High School, Rufus (often one of the kids dressed up like a Confederate soldier) became the invitational rally for the recent auction. "Silent" started the evening, which was punctuated by a Brennan's Restaurant dinner, and oral auctioning closed it. Jerry Rosato got the goods moving.

For this, the third event, Brother Peter Tripp, the school's president, extending a welcoming hand at the Rummel gym. He also acted as an adviser with Jean Rice. Co-chairmen titled twosomes Jim and Cindy Carroll and Pat and Jean Bossetta, while Jake and Valerie Taranto were teamed as solicitations coordinators.

Stars on their committee were George Rucker, King and Karen McGoey, Gerry Thompson, Peggy Dicharry, Mary Ann Robarts, Jo Ann Kelly, Vincent and Marian Montalbano, Mary Shoemaker, Gerry Thompson, Kathy Abernathy, Carol Braud, Frank Golemi, Billy Kampen, Tom Klotz, Brock Dumestre, Phil and Eileen Guidry, Wynn and Jody Russo, Shirley D. Bowler, Joe Serio, Cynthia Boudreaux, Jeanne Augustin, Gary and Pat Hardin, Marta Highstreet, Rick and Valerie Torres, Mike and Joanne Tusa and Ron and Sandy Jung.

Rufus' Helpers ranged alphabetically from Joey and Ethel Aguzin to Frank and Jane Wrangofski, and included 117 buddies in between. The roster would not be complete without guest emcees Dr. Winn Russo, Brother Robert O'Kane and Brother Gale Condit.

All 350 attendees were fueled by tasty trout Nancy, chicken au poivre Cajun, crepes Fitzgerald and a Louis Latour chardonnay. Replenished, folks were ready to dole out the green.

Winners of big prizes were Karen McGoey, who copped the ranch mink stroller coat; Marc Martin, two TWA tickets; Eileen Guidry, a diamond anniversary ring; and Pat Bosetta, an autographed Washington Redskins football.

Jake Taranto beamed as the highest bidder (and thus winner) of the doubloon auction and raffle, while Pam Radosta counted her lucky stars at the Lagniappe Drawing. Her reward was a $500 Savings Bond. And for the "50/50" raffle, the name to know was Joanie Ingram.


Accolades and Awards

Michael J. Rosolino was named a National Merit Semifinalist.

Eighth grader Aldemaro Narvaez receives a $3,000 scholarship from the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Association.

The student council won the office of State President at the Louisiana Association of Student Councils and would serve this position through the 1992 school year

Seniors Rocky Russo and Korey Wolf won a 19-inch color television for the school in the citywide "Save Our Lake" Art Contest.

Sophomore Jonathan New was named 1992 Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation Leadership Candidate and attended the leadership seminar at the Hilton Hotel in Baton Rouge.

Band members selected to the Louisiana All-State Band were Andy Pizzo, Peter Meehan, and Alton Broussard.