Lutcher doesn’t play Lafayette’s Teurlings Catholic often in football.
Last year’s 32-25 TCHS win in the regional playoff round provided a rare exception.
A playoff rivalry in other sports may help fuel the fire for Friday’s Class 4A quarterfinal.
In Class 3A, Amite High also faces an uncommon challenge in No. 21 seed Eleanor McMain-New Orleans.
“We haven’t played Teurlings that often in football,” Lutcher coach Tim Detillier said. “Based on the other sports, like baseball and softball, there’s one thing I know: We could get together for tiddlywinks, and it would be competitive.”
Third-seeded Lutcher (11-1), winner of 11 straight, hosts No. 6 Teurlings (9-3) in a 4A quarterfinal at 7 p.m. at LHS.
Fourth-seeded Amite (10-1) hosts McMain (9-3) for a 3A quarterfinal at 7 p.m. at AHS.
“McMain is a team I liked when I saw them on film last year,” Amite coach Alden Foster said. “When the playoffs started, I saw they were a No. 21. In the back of my mind, I knew we could meet them if we got this far.”
The Teurlings-Lutcher and McMain-Amite games top the list of other quarterfinals involving Acadiana and southeast area teams on Friday.
Lutcher’s offense is led by the one-two punch of running back Daniel Taylor and quarterback Ruston Matherne. Taylor, already the Bulldogs’ career leading rusher, has 1,831 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, while Matherne has 1,586 passing yards and 826 rushing yards.
Teurlings quarterback D’Shaie Landor, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette commitment, has 2,277 passing yards and 21 TDs. Dylan Bossier (55 catches, 885 yards) is his top target.
Detillier pointed out Teurlings is one of three District 5-4A teams left in the playoffs. Second-seeded St. Thomas More and No. 4 Breaux Bridge are the others.
“Playing in that district prepared them for the playoffs,” Detillier said. “They’ll be ready. I’m anxious to see how we respond.”
Amite has a running and passing threat in Reginald Porter, who has more than 2,800 yards of total offense and a defense led by two-time all-state player Juwaan Rogers.
McMain’s Josh Rounds has 2,113 yards and 31 TDs after rushing for 252 yards and three TDs in last week’s regional win over Livonia.
“They’ve got some talented skill guys who are explosive and so do we,” Amite’s Foster said. “Thanksgiving is like another homecoming week. I expect a lot of people to come watch, and they’ll get their money’s worth.”