Two-time defending Division III state champion Calvary Baptist of Shreveport may look a little different at quarterback and on the sideline, but don’t expect that to detract from the highly anticipated season opener at Teurlings Catholic.
“It ultimately comes down to Calvary against Teurlings,” Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier said. “We have a little history with them, and we’ve each won a game. They understand it’s going to be a good ballgame, and we do also.”
The Teurlings-Calvary matchup, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, highlights the season-opening week for the Acadiana area.
Central Catholic of Morgan City travels to Plaquemine to face St. John at Andrew Canova Stadium on Thursday.
Two-time reigning Class 5A state champion Acadiana hosts Northside on Friday with signature games in the area featuring Port Barre at Opelousas Catholic, Rayne at Church Point, Catholic-New Iberia visiting Vermilion Catholic and Abbeville traveling to Kaplan.
“I’ve coached against Kaplan before, and we know they’re a team that doesn’t do a lot, but what they do, they do really well,” Abbeville coach Gary Adkins said. “They have an identity, and they’re well-coached. It will be a challenge. I think it’s going to be fun and a great game.”
CALVARY AT TEURLINGS: When the two teams agreed to meet in the season opener, it would have matched the state’s top two quarterbacks in Calvary’s Shea Patterson and Teurlings’ Cole Kelley.
That all changed when Patterson, an Ole Miss commitment and nation’s No. 1 rated quarterback, transferred last month to IMG Academy in Florida.
“I mentioned to our fans it does take a little of the luster off,” Charpentier said. “The guy’s the No. 1 quarterback and would have been coming to our place.”
Calvary will also be without its fifth-year coach John Bachman, who took a voluntary leave of absence from the team. The Cavaliers defeated Union Parish 35-13 in Friday’s jamboree with defensive coordinator Ronnie Alexander at the helm.
Calvary features one of the nation’s top defensive backfields with three of its members — Andraez “Greedy” Williams (LSU), Rodarius Williams (Oklahoma State) and Chanse Sylvie (Oklahoma) — all having committed to Power 5 conference schools.
They will oppose Kelley, an Arkansas commitment, who threw for 2,980 yards and 32 touchdowns in helping Teurlings to a 9-2 record and the Division I select quarterfinals.
Kelley passed for 138 yards and three TDs in the Rebels’ 28-0 jamboree victory over South Lafourche. Jacob Richard caught two of the scores.
“It will be a good measuring stick for where we are right now,” Charpentier said. “It’s the season opener no matter who it is. It’s the first home game, and the first one that counts. Everyone’s excited about the first home game.”
ABBEVILLE AT KAPLAN: Adkins has been on the job at Abbeville since Aug. 24 and has covered plenty of ground.
Adkins finalized his staff, hiring defensive coordinator Kevin Kern and offensive line coach Gerald Cayer, learned his personnel and implemented his option-based offense and 4-2-5 defensive scheme.
The Wildcats followed up a positive showing in a scrimmage against Ascension Episcopal with a 20-6 victory Friday over former District 6-3A foe North Vermilion. Jose Pedroza rushed for two TDs and caught another from quarterback Demarcus Collins.
“It was so nice just to see the faces of the kids and the smiles,” said Adkins, who took over a program that was 1-19 the previous two years. “They’ve been through some tough times the last several years. Everyone wants to win, and the fact North Vermilion’s a good team made it even better.”