What are the odds No. 4 St. Thomas More (6-1, 2-0) and No. 5 Teurlings Catholic (4-2, 2-0) can top one of the state’s wildest finishes of a year ago?
With his team trailing 43-17 in the third quarter, Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier didn’t like the tall odds his team faced before a scintillating comeback that resulted in a 56-46 victory.
“We’d do that 10 times, losing that big on the road, you don’t do that,” Charpentier said. “You could probably go 40 times and not do it once. It was a great game.”
While the two biggest parochial schools in Lafayette haven’t enjoyed a long, distinguished series, last year’s comeback for the ages has catapulted Teurlings-STM to another level, one that will have plenty of intrigue again when they meet at Teurlings in a key District 4-4A game at 7 p.m. Friday.
“I told the team we won over there last year, and they’ve beaten us at our place,” Charpentier said. “It’s one of those games where it doesn’t matter where you play.”
Key district games also await the leaders in District 5-3A with No. 9 Eunice (6-1, 2-0) visiting No. 7 Church Point (6-1, 2-0), while Erath (5-2, 3-0) travels to Patterson (5-2, 3-0) in District 8-3A action.
“We know it’s going to be tough. It always is over there,” Eunice coach Paul Trosclair said. “They do a great job getting the most out of their players. We’ve got to get our guys ready. I know how well they play against us.”
Erath and Patterson are riding four-game winning streaks with the Lumberjacks taking a key 40-14 win over E.D. White on Friday.
“This is high school football at its best,” Erath coach David Comeaux said. “We’re looking forward to playing Patterson. We know they’re a great team. We’ll have our hands full, but that doesn’t matter to us. We’re going to put it all on the line.”
ST. THOMAS MORE-TEURLINGS: Arkansas commitment Cole Kelley passed for 409 yards and three touchdowns in last year’s game, but Charpentier acknowledged his club benefitted from a combination of STM turnovers and injuries.
“Anytime you’re down that many points in the second half ,everything has to go right for you to win,” he said. “More importantly, we kept playing and making plays, but we got some help.”
Teurlings, which trailed 28-17 at halftime, reeled off 36 straight points, snapping a five-game losing streak to STM.
EUNICE-CHURCH POINT: Eunice erased a 19-14 halftime deficit with a huge second half, including 28 straight fourth-quarter points for a 56-25 victory over Northwest on Friday.
Fullback Nick Powell was among the catalysts for the Bobcats, rushing 28 times for 165 yards and scoring three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score on a 3-yard TD with just under seven minutes to go in the third quarter.
Eunice piled up 500 yards with quarterback Alex Richard completing 11 of 15 passes for 203 yards.
“The winner of this game’s probably going to win the district championship,” Trosclair said. “We’re also focused on coming out No. 1 in the power points. This is a game that could help us.”
ERATH-PATTERSON: Despite being outgained by nearly 100 yards, Erath managed to extend its win streak to four games with a 44-30 nondistrict win over South Plaquemines in a game played Friday at Nicholls State.
Leading rusher Elijah Mitchell continued his productive season with 13 carries for 153 yards and two TDs, with fullback Scott Moore adding 13 attempts for 140 yards and two TDs.
The Bobcats compensated by forcing three turnovers with a pair of fumble recoveries and an interception.
“If we play our best, we’ll have a chance,” Comeaux said. “That’s what it’s going to take against Patterson. They’re just a super team, loaded with athletes. The important thing is playing our best.”