LAFAYETTE - Communication and confidence have helped Teurlings Catholic’s football team slow down some potent offenses.
The Rebels (5-3 and ranked No. 6 in Class 4A) started the season by overcoming six turnovers in a 14-13 win over Catholic-New Iberia. During the past two weeks, Teurlings has picked up consecutive wins while limiting Breaux Bridge, ranked third in Class 4A, to seven points and Cecilia to 13.
“I thought we played well at times (early on), but we hadn’t put it all together,” Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier said. “You start to get more confidence and play better, and it feeds off each other. On offense, when you mess up, you punt. On defense, when you mess up, you are lining up for the extra point. It’s a different mentality.”
One of the biggest contributors to that defensive effort has been sophomore linebacker Michael Courville, who has four interceptions. Two of those pickoffs came in a 42-13 win at Cecilia on Friday.
“We do a lot of talking to each other on defense,” Courville said. “We are all good friends on defense and we communicate. Turnovers are the most exciting part of the game. That is one of the greatest feelings on defense.”
Along with the great moments, Teurlings also had to bounce back from a 63-53 loss to Calvary Baptist on Sept. 23.
“Calvary was embarrassing,” Charpentier said. “When you give up 63, it gives the impression that you don’t work at it. Our coaches took it personally. You don’t like to open the paper and see you gave up 63. The way we responded to that is probably what I am most proud of.”
With four teams tied at 2-1 atop District 5-4A, Teurlings and Northside will have a chance to improve their positioning in both the district race and the power ratings race when the teams face each other Friday night at Clark Field.
Northside is coming off a 20-19 win over St. Martinville. Monkurvis Irvin has 39 catches for 303 yards for Northside. Running back Carenski Andrus has rushed for 382 yards and six touchdowns.
Teurlings quarterback D’Shaie Landor has passed for 1,688 yards and 16 scores.
“Northside is huge up front offensively and they do a good job of mixing size and speed,” Charpentier said.
CHSNI faces Delcambre
Coming off a 28-26 win over Loreauville that gave Catholic High-New Iberia a leg up in District 6-2A, the Panthers (7-1, 2-0) will take a short ride to visit Delcambre (3-5, 1-2) on a short week for a Thursday contest.
“I think our kids have been pretty businesslike this year,” Catholic-New Iberia coach Keith Menard said.
“I thought we had a heck of a practice Sunday. They realize what we have to do to meet our goals.”
That process will include two road games to finish the regular season after a long homestand.
“This has been a different year - six home games in a row is a little strange,” Menard said. “Going back on the road to face two good opponents will get us in the routine of traveling again. When we step on Delcambre’s field, they are going to believe they can whoop us.”
Quarterback Joe Lissard has paced the Panthers offense by passing for 1,749 yards and 20 touchdowns.
“We had one turnover the last three weeks,” Menard said. “Our efficiency has been out the roof. We have to not turn it over.”