BREAUX BRIDGE — Stout defense stole the show in Thursday night’s Louisiana High School Athletic Association Game of the Week.
Breaux Bridge’s defense stymied Teurlings Catholic’s high-powered offense, which entered the contest averaging 35 points per game. That effort by the Tigers defense wasn’t enough, though, to upset the visiting Rebels as Teurlings Catholic escaped with a 14-7 victory.
Teurlings Catholic (3-1) struck first in the opening quarter as quarterback Cole Kelly found Noah Harris on a screen pass. The Rebels senior fullback then did the rest of the work as he ran down the left sideline for an 85-yard touchdown.
Kelly, though, struggle the remainder of the first half as Breaux Bridge’s defense refused to let the Arkansas commitment get into any kind of rhythm. Kelly ended the half completing 11-of-20 for 187 yards and two interceptions.
Breaux Bridge (2-2) got on the board thanks to one of those turnovers in the second quarter.
Tigers senior safety Sabarian Alexander picked off a tipped pass by Kelly and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown. Alexander followed that up by picking off Kelly again, this time with a leaping catch in the end zone and also blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt by Teurlings Catholic’s Brayden Blanchard.
Breaux Bridge’s defense rose up on the first drive of the second half. Teurlings Catholic received the kickoff and marched down the field with a steady dose of handoffs to Harris. The Tigers, though, forced the Rebels to go back to the passing game. On third- and-long, linebacker Kirkland Joseph sacked Kelly, and on the next play Alexander deflected Kelly’s ensuing pass in the end zone.
The rest of the second half was a defensive battle as neither team could advance into scoring territory. Teurlings Catholic went ahead late in the fourth as the Rebels rode the legs of Harris. The fullback powered his way down the field and capped off the drive with a 13-yard touchdown run down the left sideline.
Breaux Bridge managed to get in striking distance in the waning seconds, but the Tigers failed to find the end zone as time expired.
Teurlings Catholic returns to action next Friday hosting Catholic High, while Breaux Bridge travels to Carencro.