LAFAYETTE — Last year’s two games between University High and Teurlings Catholic were one-sided gunfights.
Not so much on Friday night, when the teams staged an old-fashioned shootout.
Once again, the Cubs had one extra bullet, and LSU commitment Nick Brossette capped a workhorse night with the game-deciding two-point conversion with 28 seconds left, lifting second-ranked University to a 36-35 win over the upset-minded Rebels on Friday at Teurlings Stadium.
The Cubs (1-0), without the services of starting quarterback Manny Miles, drove 68 yards in 12 plays in the final 4:16, and sophomore Dylan Moses powered across from three yards out to pull the Cubs within 35-34.
Miles, who suffered an apparent sprained ankle on his 8-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, was unavailable to try a potential tying kick conversion. So after two timeouts, Cubs coach Chad Mahaffey called Brossette’s number right up the middle of the Teurlings defense, and he easily got into the end zone for his second two-point conversion run.
“Our guys just absolutely stepped up,” Mahaffey said. “We had so many things that we prepared for, but so many things we couldn’t prepare for. It was an unbelievable team effort ... one of the best I’ve ever been involved in.”
And even at that, it wasn’t over until Teurlings junior kicker Brayden Blanchard pulled a 39-yard field goal wide right with 1 second left.
“(University) did what they had to do,” Rebels coach Sonny Charpentier said. “Our execution wasn’t what it had to be. We didn’t like looking at what happened last year, but tonight was a competition. ”
CHURCH POINT 35, BEAU CHENE 7: Deion Monroe ran for 102 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns as Church Point scored 28 points in the first half to earn the non-district win.
Monroe scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards while Troy Matte tossed a 56-yard scoring pass to Frederick Williams and a 4-yard scoring strike to Tyler Wheeler.
The only Beau Chene score came on a 58-yard run by Savion Broussard.
BREAUX BRIDGE 22, NEW IBERIA 3: Drake Guidry threw for one score and ran for another as the Tigers knocked off the Yellow Jackets.
Guidry opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 1-yard run. Breaux Bridge upped the lead to 9-0 when Diondre Wilson blocked a punt for a safety.
Cy Kipp kicked a 25-yard field goal to cut the lead to 9-3 in the second quarter but the Tigers scored 13 unanswered points on a 1-yard run by Marquis Demonter and a 10-yard pass from Guidry to Galen Alexander.
RAYNE 33, ST. EDMUND 6: In Ville Platte. Jaylon Reed threw three touchdown passes as Rayne successfully opened the season with a convincing win.
Reed threw a 29-yard TD pass to Trevon Fontenot in the first quarter, a 15-yarder to Byron Mouton in the second quarter and an 8-yard scoring pass to Deontry Wilridge in the fourth quarter. Mouton added a 64-yard scoring run and John Michael Besse rounded out the Rayne scoring with a 4-yard TD run as Rayne racked up 396 yards in total offense.
VILLE PLATTE 38, WESTMINSTER 9: In Ville Platte, Terese Thomas ran for 197 yards on 12 carries and scored on runs of 64 and 6 yards as Ville Platte cruised to the non-district win over Westminster Christian Academy. Quarterback Terez Alford ran for a seven yard touchdown and threw a 47-yard scoring Oxabein Serie and Daylan Thomas scored on a 7-yard run and ran a WCA fumble back 38 yards for a TD. The Bulldogs finished with 419 yards rushing.
NOTRE DAME 24, LAGRANGE 14: In Lake Charles, three different runners scored touchdowns as Notre Dame knocked off LaGrange.
Joe Faulk scored on an 8-yard run, Lance Bertrand added a 7-yard scoring run and Brad Stoma scored from the one to seal the win.
Jeremiah West threw a 56-yard TD pass to Dondel Lewis and Mark Hawthorne scored on a 4-yard run for LaGrange.
Notre Dame outgained the Gators 358-166 yards with the Pioneer defense also picking off a pass.