LAFAYETTE — The Teurlings Catholic Rebels opened the postseason Friday night with yet another lopsided victory.
No. 6 Teurlings Catholic overcame a sluggish opening quarter to roll past No. 11 St. Michael 49-14 in the opening round of the LHSAA Division II select playoffs.
The Rebels have won their past six playoff openers with ease but haven’t advanced past the second round since defeating Bastrop 42-21 in 2012.
Teurlings Catholic will travel to New Orleans to face No. 3 De La Salle, which had an opening-round bye.
St. Michael (3-8) showed a spark early on as the Warriors marched down the field with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive to open the game. That opening drive was highlighted by slip-screen passes by Treylan Sibley and a 40-yard option run by the St. Michael quarterback. Sibley capped the drive by powering his way for a 1-yard touchdown dive.
After having its first two drives stall, including Cole Kelly being sacked on fourth down at the 28-yard line once, Teurlings Catholic (8-3) finally got things going offensively.
A textbook interception by junior free safety Justin Murray set up the Rebels with a short field, and the offense took advantage. Six plays later, Kelley ran it in from 4 yards, and moments later he found Evan Huesers in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion.
Early in the second quarter, Teurlings extended its lead with a 2-yard run by Chaney Dodge.
After both teams missed long field goals, St. Michael silenced the crowd late in the second quarter as Sibley found Clarence McGraner on a slip screen pass for a 99-yard touchdown.
Sibley ended the game completing 11 of 30 passes for 262 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Sibley also led the Warriors in rushing with 94 yards on 20 carries with a score.
Teurlings Catholic responded moments after the 99-yard score with an 85-yard kickoff return by Murray. Three plays later, Kelley found the end zone again with a 1-yard touchdown dive.
Teurlings Catholic sealed the victory in the second half by shutting out St. Michael while rolling up another 31 points, highlighted by a pair of Kelley touchdown passes.
For the game, the Arkansas commit completed 17 of 26 passes for 330 yards with two passing touchdowns and added 44 yards on 13 carries with three rushing scores.
Hayden Cantrelle led all receivers with eight receptions for 201 yards.
St. Michael has lost its playoff opener in eight straight years and still has never won a playoff game.