Teurlings Catholic football coach Sonny Charpentier theorized his team’s four-game winning streak and No. 7 ranking in Class 4A certainly beat the alternative.
But in the final analysis, state rankings don’t get a lot of attention around the Rebels’ locker room or on the practice field.
“It’s good from a confidence standpoint for the kids to see they’re climbing, rather than the other way,” Charpentier said. “But we don’t make a big deal of it.”
Arguably the biggest focus for Charpentier this week is keeping his team sharp during a bye week on the heels of Friday’s 31-15 District 5-4A victory over then-No. 9 Breaux Bridge.
That development not only improved Teurlings’ record to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in district play but pushed the Rebels up two spots in this week’s Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s statewide rankings that were released Tuesday.
“When you’re playing good and are in a rhythm, you want to keep playing,” Charpentier said. “I don’t like the idea that we don’t play, but we couldn’t find a game. We’ll abbreviate some things this week and get some things corrected.”
When Teurlings returns to the field in Week 7, they will do so at No. 1 St. Thomas More (5-0, 1-0) in a key District 5-4A game. The Cougars received nine first-place votes and 141 points.
Rayne (4-1) suffered its first loss of the season — 36-20 to LaGrange in District 4-4A action — and slipped three spots to No. 9, while Breaux Bridge (3-2) tumbled out of the poll.
Acadiana (2-3), which began as Class 5A’s No. 1 team in the preseason poll, dropped out for the first time with a 17-14 loss at Barbe.
Church Point (5-0) continued its steady climb up the Class 3A poll with a 41-3 nondistrict win over North Vermilion, sending the Bears to No. 7. Notre Dame of Crowley fell four spots to No. 9 following a 56-28 home loss to Catholic-New Iberia without the use of five starters.
Catholic-New Iberia (5-0) regained some traction and moved back to No. 2 in Class 2A with its impressive 28-point road win over Notre Dame, also narrowing the gap on No. 1 Many, which outpolled the Panthers by only nine votes.
District 6-2A opponents Loreauville (3-2) and Opelousas Catholic (5-0), who meet Thursday in Opelousas, both garnered consideration.
With four of the top five teams in Class 1A all suffering setbacks, including No. 1 Haynesville, there was plenty of movement with Vermilion Catholic (4-1) being one of the beneficiaries, jumping from No. 6 to No. 3 with a 29-22 District 7-1A win over Central Catholic-Morgan City.
Teurlings has responded since a 36-35 season-opening loss to University High — the new No. 1 team in Class 3A — with a road win over Class 5A New Iberia (36-7), held off Notre Dame (17-14) and opened district with consecutive wins over Cecilia (55-25) and Breaux Bridge.
The Rebels rode a strong defensive performance in last week’s win, limiting Breaux Bridge to 95 yards on the ground and Brandon Batiste returned an interception 80 yards for a second-quarter score.
“I think we still haven’t put it all together yet,” Charpentier said. “Hopefully we will next week because we’ll need to play our best football.”