For a half, Archbishop Shaw stayed within striking distance of Teurlings Catholic.
But eventually, it was too much Noah Harris and too much Cole Kelley.
Shaw couldn’t keep up with Teurlings’ high-octane offense and eventually wilted, falling 37-23 on Saturday at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
“We knew they had a good offense coming in,” Shaw coach Scott Bairnsfather said. “The quarterback (Kelley) is really good, and they execute well with a pretty good offensive line. We knew we were going to have our hands full defensively.”
The Eagles (1-1) got off to a good start, recovering a Rebels fumble on the opening kickoff.
The Eagles needed just three plays to score, capping the short drive on a 1-yard run by Trey Ragas.
It was the first of three touchdowns for the senior running back. Ragas also scored on a 14-yard run and another 1-yard run.
“We always know what we’re going to get out of Tray,” Bairnsfather said.
Ragas finished the day with 175 yards on 23 carries, but it wasn’t enough to get past the Rebels (2-0), ranked No. 2 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A poll.
“We just have to get better and learn from our mistakes and get ready for next week,” said Ragas, who now has six touchdowns this season.
Quarterback Matt Keller completed 5 of 16 passes for 95 yards and rushed 15 times for 70 yards.
After Shaw got its early lead less than 90 seconds into the game, the Rebels’ high-powered offense stormed back, scoring on their next two possessions to take the lead for good.
Harris, a senior running back, scored both touchdowns, one on a 3-yard run and the other on a 3-yard reception from Kelley.
Harris finished with 102 yards and a career-best four touchdowns.
“It was similar to last week where we just came out in the second half and just pounded the ball,” Harris said. “My line is big this year and the credit goes to them. We wanted to come here and get a win in New Orleans.”
The New Orleans area hadn’t been too kind to Sonny Charpentier since he took over at Tuerlings Catholic in 1995.
Seven trips to the Crescent City area had all resulted in losses.
But the running of Harris and the throwing of Kelly was plenty enough to end that drought.
Kelly, a 6-foot-7, 230 pound Arkansas commitment, completed 15 of 20 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns. One of his only miscues of the day was a pass that was intercepted by Juawane Gray.
Other than that, he was nearly perfect. He also ran for 63 yards.
“It starts up front with the big guys blocking,” Charpentier said. “We were able to establish the run and keep them off balance. Our plan in the second half was to pound and keep it away from them, and we were able to do that.”
Shaw trailed 23-17 at the half, but Teurlings scored on its first two possessions of the second half to get some breathing room.
“At times I thought we did pretty good, but we just wore down a little bit, particularly in the second half,” Bairnsfather said. “But give them credit.”
Shaw returns to Memtsas on Friday when it plays West Jefferson.
“I think we need to be more consistent on offense,” Bairnsfather said. “We are getting too many penalties on offense right now. Other than that, we are running the ball pretty good.
“Defensively, we just have to play better. We’re 1-1 so we go into next week and try to get back on track.”