LAFAYETTE — For a while in the first half, it looked like Teurlings Catholic’s dream of an undefeated district championship was in trouble.
After Teurlings’ Nathan Arceneaux returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, Northside, led by quarterback Ethan Rose, scored three touchdowns and jumped out to a 21-10 lead.
“They came out and played well,” Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier said. “They ran three offensive sets the whole first half and we couldn’t tackle (Rose). We just kept playing and guys didn’t panic, and we did a little better job defensively — and we got 48 unanswered points.”
The Rebels scored three quick touchdowns in the second quarter, including one with 12 seconds remaining in the half to take a 31-21 lead into halftime. From there, the Rebels exploded for 48 unanswered points and routed Northside 65-35 for an undefeated district championship.
“I thought being able to get the touchdown before half was huge,” Charpentier said. “We knew they got the ball coming out of half and going down there and scoring was big.”
Teurlings quarterback Cole Kelley, who was coming off his worst performance of the year last week against Westgate, got back on track going 21-of-31 for 312 yards and six touchdowns. Charpentier said he never thought Kelley got off track, however, and said Kelley’s preparation is second to none.
“Through the course of the season, you’re going to have some not-so-good games,” Charpentier said. “I thought he had a great week of preparation and he plays each play within itself. He doesn’t worry about what happened before. That seems to be the mindset of our entire team.”
When a quarterback has six touchdown passes, there will be receivers with huge numbers. Teurlings’ Sage LeBlanc caught 12 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns, while Arceneaux added four catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Charpentier said the Rebels just took what Northside gave them.
“They were giving some things in the middle and in the flats,” he said. “We took advantage of that, but you still have to pitch and catch it. The line protected well and gave us a chance to throw the ball.”
Rose carried the Vikings in the first half and kept them in the game before rolling his ankle early in the third quarter. Northside coach Trev Faulk said the injury took away some of the explosiveness of Rose, who still went 8-of-16 for 169 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 120 yards and a score.
“That is what he does,” Faulk said. “He leaves everything out here. We moved the ball well, but had a couple drives we didn’t get to finish off. The way the game turned into a shootout, that turned out to be points we really needed, but Ethan was Ethan tonight. That is what we come to expect from him.”
Charpentier didn’t downplay the district championship, as long as they play in districts, the championship will mean something to him.
“I’m 58 years old,” he said. “I remember when district championships meant something, and it means a hell of a lot to those guys. I’m extremely proud of them.”