Catholic High coach Gabe Fertitta knew his quarterback played well Friday night, but the final numbers still surprised him.
“Gosh, I didn’t even know that. That’s fantastic,” Fertitta said when told Bears quarterback Cameron Dartez accounted for all four of Catholic’s touchdowns — three through the air, one on the ground — in a 34-7 victory against Teurlings Catholic of Lafayette at BREC’s Olympia Stadium.
Dartez threw for 337 yards on the night, the second-best passing yard performance in school history. He fell a few yards short of Ian Brian’s record of 341 from the 2015 state title game against Rummel.
“He just works,” Fertitta said of Dartez. “He just prepares all week, watches film, meets with the coaches, knows the game plan, knows everybody else’s job. It’s his effort. He just has great effort.”
The defense for Catholic (4-1) wasn’t too shabby either. The Bears surrendered only 278 total yards to the Rebels (2-3), and Teurlings’ lone score came on an 80-yard run by Rebel running back Zander Garber.
After giving up 34 points in a loss to University Lab, the Bears have allowed only 7 points in their last two games.
“There’s always things you can go back and fix,” Fertitta said. “It’s always going to be a thing where you’re trying to improve.”
Catholic raced out to a 20-0 lead to start the game thanks to kicker Preston Stafford’s foot and a big pass from Dartez to wideout Vernon Langley.
Stafford booted a 39-yarder and a 25-yarder, both in the first quarter, to give the Bears a 6-0 advantage. In the second quarter, Langley sliced his way through the Rebel defense for a 48-yard touchdown cach and a 13-0 Catholic lead.
On the ensuing Teurlings drive, Rebel quarterback Wesley Blazek threw a lateral that hit the ground and was recovered by the Bears. A few plays later, Dartez scored on a 1-yard keeper to push the score to 20-0.
Teurlings slipped through on its next possession, when Garber broke a handful of tackles and sprinted for an 80-yard touchdown to bring Teurlings’ deficit to 20-7.
Catholic pushed its lead to 27-7 in the third quarter after running back Beau Griffon took a pass from Dartez at midfield and sprinted for a 50-yard score.
The Bears picked up their final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard pass from Dartez to Austan Hood.
Teurlings pulled off 230 yards rushing but only mustered 48 yards passing.
“Offensively, we just kept putting them [Catholic] back out there way too quick,” Teurlings coach Dane Charpentier said. “Our defense was on the field all night. Any defense, no matter how good they are, is going to wear down.”