Most in attendance at Friday night’s jamboree were ready to see Catholic High New Iberia’s Jason Pellerin on display against Teurlings Catholic.
Catholic coach Brent Indest said he wants to get opposing teams in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” mentality when defending Pellerin. Friday night’s 13-carry, 80-yard performance by running back Seth Pierre did a lot to make Indest’s desires for his team a reality.
Pellerin did have his moments to shine, however. The senior quarterback was 4-for-5 for 53 yards and a touchdown. He also ran seven times for 40 yards and a score. The Panthers ran for 122 yards in the 21-14 win over Teurlings.
“Last year, we started real slow,” Indest said. “We got going real late, and our goal was to pick up where we left off last year. I don’t know if we are right there yet, but we are close.”
Indest said without wide receiver Gabe Fuselier — who will now suit up Saturdays for Louisiana-Lafayette — the offense may not be able to score from long distance. He said he was pleased to see the running game come through.
“We broke every offensive record in the book last year, and we were the worst fullback-T team I have never had,” Indest said. “We have hammered it in practice, and I can’t even tell you how fired up I am to see us be effective tonight.”
Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier pointed to two key reasons for the loss — the Rebels’ two turnovers and their inability to stop the run.
“We couldn’t get the ball back when we needed to and that is a credit to them,” Charpentier said. “You can’t do those things, especially in a 24-minute ball game. It cost us.”
Teurlings quarterback Cole Kelley threw for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns, and Sage LeBlanc was explosive, catching four balls for 54 yards, including a 19-yard bobbling catch in the end zone for a score. Charpentier said both players played well,but have plenty of room for improvement.
“(Kelley) did a good job for the most part,” Charpentier said. “There were a couple mistakes, but overall it wasn’t bad. We look for (LeBlanc) a lot, but he is one of the guys that fumbled tonight. We can always get better.”
Indest admitted the Rebels made the Catholic defense look “silly” at times, but he credited Charpentier with always having a creative offense. He said he held back a few things in the playbook that he plans to use once regular season play kicks off.
“We got some more stuff that you don’t want to show in a jamboree,” Indest said, “but you also want to win. There was a third-and-short situation that I wanted to break something out, but I talked myself out of it. I’m glad because we got it anyway.”
In the opening game, Hanson Memorial beat Ascension Episcopal 7-6. AES’ Ja’Ceir Linzer scored a potential game-tying touchdown with 15 seconds to play.
Gators coach Michael Desormeaux elected to go for the tie, but the extra point hit the cross bar and fell short.