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Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Teurlings football coach Sonny Charpentier

Teurlings Catholic football coach Sonny Charpentier had a recent conversation about his season-opening game with Calvary Baptist when the topic turned to the Cavaliers’ loss of All-America quarterback Shea Patterson.

Patterson, an Ole Miss commitment, decided after back-to-back Division III state championship to transfer from Calvary to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, to play his final season.

“We’re disappointed the kid transferred,” Charpentier said. “It takes a little bit of that luster and hype off (the opener). Someone told me it gave us a better chance to win. I don’t think so. That doesn’t mean we can just show up. They’ve got a good football team. It wasn’t just him.”

Calvary, which features cornerbacks committed to LSU and Oklahoma State, represents the tipping point in a 2015 schedule that Charpentier regards as the best Teurlings has played in his 18 seasons at the school.

Teurlings follows the Sept. 4 home opener with Calvary with three successive road games — traveling to the New Orleans area to face Shaw on Saturday, Sept. 12 before returning to the Acadiana area with Notre Dame of Crowley and Breaux Bridge. The latter is a statewide TV game Sept. 24.

The Rebels conclude the non-district portion of their schedule with an Oct. 2 home game with Catholic-Baton Rouge.

“I think so when you look at the quality top to bottom,” Charpentier said of this being his most difficult nonleague schedule. “When you look at the quality of the opponents, I believe so.”

Teurlings returns at least five starters on either side of the ball, highlighted by Class 4A all-state quarterback Cole Kelley, an Arkansas commitment. The Rebels finished 9-2 last season, advancing to the Division I state quarterfinals, where they fell 28-20 to Rummel.

“We’ve got some holes to fill,” Charpentier said. “We lost some good players.”

Charpentier, who has a 179-45 record, said the two hardest pieces of the scheduling puzzle to fill were his second and fifth playing dates.

Because of reclassification, Charpentier found himself in a bit of flux until the size of his district — 4-4A — was finally sorted out.

Teurlings remained a playing partner with St. Thomas More and Northside but was separated from longtime rival Breaux Bridge, along with St. Martinville and Cecilia.

The Rebels were aligned with Carencro, which moved from Class 5A, Opelousas and Beau Chene in their new district.

Teurlings opens district Oct. 19 at home against Northside and also hosts STM on Oct. 23 and Opelousas on Nov. 5.

“A big part of it is finding games; I don’t want to be open,” Charpentier said of trying to avoid a bye week. “It’s where we’ve come to. Any coach that’s had any moderate success in their program over the years or recent success, you’re hanging on to a small niche of people that will play you.”

Once his six-team district was finalized, Charpentier immediately looked into maintaining series with Notre Dame and Breaux Bridge, which worked out for both schools.

Charpentier said he and Calvary coach Thomas Bachman Sr. had been in talks about opening the series against each other and nailed down a renewal of a series where they recently split a pair of games against each other.

Teurlings, which has never played Shaw, didn’t have a history either with Catholic-BR. However, after some back-and-forth discussions, a Week 5 date was set, which marks the final nondistrict game for the Rebels.

“We work hard, prepare and go play football,” Charpentier said. “We’re not afraid of competition. We’re not afraid of getting beat.”