NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Brother Martin's 2015 season ended in bitter fashion with Bruce Jordan-Swilling getting stopped before the end zone going for two. The one-point triumph in the quarterfinals catapulted Catholic to an eventual state title.
"We haven't talked about it during training camp. Me and my brother definitely talk about it home. Just because we were that close to beating them, and they won state. I just want to put that in this past and focus on this season," said senior running back Bruce Jordan-Swilling.
"One point away from basically being in the state finals, state champs, bad taste still in my mouth," said senior wide receiver Jeremy Singleton.
"I'm actually glad they have a bad taste in their mouth, coaches still have a bad taste in their mouths. The most important thing is learning from mistakes, and getting better," said Brother Martin Head Coach Mark Bonis.
The Crusaders are stacked in 2016 with the return of the Swilling Brothers. Bruce at running back, and Tre in the secondary. Both verbally committed to Georgia Tech last week, and it appears their pledges are solid.
"USC has still been talking to me. I haven't been hearing from other schools. It's probably going to be the last decision," said Jordan-Swilling.
Bruce will play linebacker for the Yellow Jackets, but at Brother Martin he's too valuable at the running back spot.
"We're in a situation where we are depending upon some guys going both ways, him not being one," said Bonis. "The setup for our football team the best thing for us logistically is for him to be a one-way player. He might carry the football 35 times a game. I think it's tough for him to carry the ball 35 times a game effectively, and play the linebacker spot."
Brother Martin kicks off the 2016 season Friday night at Tad Gormley Stadium against Plaquemine High School. The Crusaders are #1 in the preseason 5A rankings.