LUTCHER - Lutcher High coach Tim Detillier acknowledged Friday’s Class 4A quarterfinal matchup between his Bulldogs and Teurlings Catholic was not the type of game most people would have expected.
Instead of two high-scoring offenses on display, defenses dominated in the Bulldogs’ 17-7 victory.
“I think everybody was looking for the thirty-something, twenty-something game,” Detillier said. “My Dingo unit (defense) played outstanding. The first half, it looked like we couldn’t get a break, whether it was penalties or field position.”
Teurlings Catholic coach Sonny Charpentier agreed, lauding his defense.
“I thought our defense played lights out but they just played too many snaps,” Charpentier said.
Teurlings, which defeated Lutcher 32-25 in the 2010 regional round, ended its season 9-4. With the win, Lutcher (12-1) advances to the semifinals at Karr, a 35-31 winner over St. Thomas More.
“It’s always good to be playing in December,” Detillier said. “When we start every August, we talk about playing in December. We are going to play in December.”
Poor field position, coupled with a Teurlings offense that was able to keep the ball away from Lutcher with time-consuming drives, saw the Bulldogs mired in a 7-7 tie at halftime.
Lutcher turned the tables on the opening drive of the third quarter. A 10-play drive culminated in a 35-yard Spencer Roussel field goal to give the Bulldogs a 10-7 lead. Roussel’s kick appeared to be wide right but drifted just inside the right upright to put LHS on top.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Rebels elected to try and pick up a first down on fourth-and-7 at their own 48 while still trailing by three points.
The Bulldog defense forced Teurlings quarterback D’Shaie Landor to roll to his right, and finding no one open, ended up throwing the ball away.
“It was a gamble that didn’t work out but we felt our defense was tired and we would go for it but it didn’t work out,” Charpentier said.
Lutcher took advantage of the field position, coming up a with a game-clinching 2-yard touchdown run by Darez Joseph for a 17-7 lead with 4:35 left in the game.
The Rebels turned the ball over on downs twice more down the stretch as Lutcher held on for the win. Lutcher finished with 293 total yards. Of the 220 yards the Bulldogs picked up on the ground, 189 came from Daniel Taylor.
Teurlings Catholic was limited to 187 yards. Landor was 12-of-33 passing but managed only 83 through the air. His longest completion of the game was 16 yards.
Teurlings controlled the line of scrimmage for most of the first half, but an opportunistic defense and special teams by Lutcher allowed the Bulldogs to gain a 7-7 tie at halftime.
The Rebels showed their time-consuming ability on the opening drive of the game. Dylan Bossier’s 48-yard return of the opening kickoff gave Teurlings the ball at the Lutcher 41. The Rebels needed a total of 10 plays and used up more than five minutes before grabbing a 7-0 lead on a 12-yard run by Landor.
Teurlings mounted another 10-play drive on its second possession. TCHS’ Zach LaFleur was stopped for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the Lutcher 28, ending the threat
A 36-yard scamper by Taylor four plays into the ensuing drive advanced Lutcher to the Rebels’ 15-yard line. A holding call backed up the Bulldogs before Taylor scored on a 22-yard run up the middle to tie the game 7-7 on the first play of the second quarter.
Both teams threatened to score additional points in the first half but mistakes ended the drives. A 32-yard field goal attempt by Jacob Cunningham was blocked by Lutcher’s Londres Johnson. Teurlings turned the ball over two more times inside the final five minutes of the half on Christophe Garon’s interception and a fumble recovery by Blake Roussel.
Lutcher turned the ball over after reaching the Teurlings 38 on a bad handoff by Matherne.