The Greater New Orleans area hasn’t been too kind to Sonny Charpentier since he took over at Teurlings Catholic in 1995. Seven trips to the Crescent City area had all resulted in losses.
Thanks to his high octane offense, led by a career-day by running back Noah Harris, that drought is over.
Harris scored a career-best four touchdowns and Teurlings Catholic pulled away in the second half for a 37-23 victory over Archbishop Shaw at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
“It was similar to last week where we just came out in the second half and just pounded the ball,” said Harris. “My line is big this year and the credit goes to them. We wanted to to come here and get a win in New Orleans. It’s a good win.”
The Rebels season ended in the New Orleans area last season when they fell to Rummel in the playoffs.
But they’ve started this season with a bang, scoring 45 in their season opener against Calvary Baptist before their 37-point outing Saturday.
The Rebels (2-0), ranked No. 2 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A poll, racked up 452 yards and their first punt didn’t come until there was 8:29 remaining in the game.
They led 23-17 at the half before scoring the first two touchdowns of the second half to pull away.
“It starts up front with the big guys blocking,” Charpentier said. “We were able to establish the run and keep them off balance. Our plan in the second half was to pound and keep it away from them and we were able to do that.”
Harris rushed 16 times for 102 yards and scored on runs of 3, 9 and 4 yards and also caught a 3-yard pass from Cole Kelley.
“Everything Noah does, he has worked for it,” Charpentier said. “He had a great offseason. He is running the ball with a lot of passion. And he’ staking what they give him. He’s only about a buck 80, but he punishes you.”
And he punishes himself a little as well. He had a small trail of blood on his forehead and nose during postgame interviews.
“That happens to me every game,” he said with a smile.
Harris, who now has 244 yards on the season, had plenty of help.
Kelley, an Arkansas commit, completed 15 of 20 passes for 245 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns.
His second touchdown toss was a 12-yarder to Paul Joe Hammes. Kelley threw passes to seven different receivers. His main target was Hayden Cantrelle, who caught seven passes for 133 yards.
“We knew they had a good offense coming in,” said Shaw coach Scott Bairnsfather. “The quarterback is really good and they execute well with a good offensive line, We knew we were going to have our hands full defensively. At times I thought we did pretty good, but we just wore down a little bit, particularly in the second half. But give them credit.”
Trey Ragas rushed 24 times for 178 yards and scored all three touchdowns for the Eagles (1-1).
Teurlings Catholic will travel to play Notre Dame Friday.
Charpentier is hoping Saturday’s hex-breaking trip isn’t the only one to New Orleans this season. He’d like nothing more than to return again in December.
“That’s the plan,” he said.