LAFAYETTE — Coming out of the halftime break up 17-14, Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier said his team decided to run the ball right at the Holy Cross defense.
“We felt like we matched up well up front,” Charpentier said. “They never stopped us (in the first half) so at half, we didn’t make many adjustments. We just decided to pound them. We came in saying we were going to run the ball and we were successful doing it.”
The Rebels racked up 246 yards rushing Friday against Holy Cross, led by Noah Harris’ 112 yards on 17 carries. Harris also rushed for three touchdowns as Teurlings survived with a 45-21 win.
“Noah is a good back, he’s just in an offense that doesn’t feature him,” Charpentier said. “He’s capable of doing what he did tonight every night. Cold weather and playoffs, you’re going to need to run the ball. Noah responded tonight.”
On the flip side, the Teurlings defense shut the Holy Cross rushing attack down. The Tigers ran for 111 yards on 33 attempts and held running back Tre Turner to 21 yards on 14 carries.
“We were worried about (Turner) coming in,” Charpentier said. “We heard he was a good player, but we did a good job on him, especially with (linebacker) Alec Robertson going down. This time of year you are beat up and I thought some guys stepped up tonight and played great.”
Robertson went down in the first half with what appeared to be a broken leg, but junior Kaede Collette filled in nicely. Holy Cross coach Eric Rebaudo credited the Teurlings defense with shutting down the Tigers’ scheme.
“I thought they were sound in what they were doing,” Rebaudo said. “We thought we could take advantage of some things, but they played well. We were picked not to do very well this year and our guys accomplished a lot. We have a lot of young guys coming back and we have a bright future.”
Despite his 237 yards passing and two touchdowns, Charpentier said he thought junior quarterback Cole Kelley was “a little off” Friday night. Kelley missed several open receivers and overthrew a couple, something Charpentier said he normally doesn’t do.
“He normally makes his throws,” Charpentier said. “(Holy Cross) did a good job of locking us down on the outside, but we had some mismatches on the inside. I thought (Kelley) did a good job of taking what they gave us.”
Kelley won’t be able to afford a down game next week as the Rebels travel to Metairie and face Archbishop Rummel in the quarterfinals. Charpentier said Rummel is the best team in the state and said he might as well play the Knights early in the playoffs.
“We’re going to have to do it sooner or later,” Charpentier said. “If we are going to measure up, might as well be sooner.”