BREAUX BRIDGE — With homecoming perhaps being somewhat of a distraction, the Teurlings Catholic offense took a while to get going.
Despite the fact that the Rebels routed Westgate on Friday 42-6, the offense was lethargic at times and lacked the efficiency Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier said he would have liked to see.
“I don’t think we were sharp offensively,” Charpentier said, “but the defense played well and the special teams played well. You’d like to play all three phases well, but we made enough plays to come away with an easy win.”
Teurlings quarterback Cole Kelley wasn’t his normal self Friday. The Rebels junior quarterback did throw for two touchdowns and rush for another, but his 35 percent completion rate was a little off from what Charpentier said the Rebels have come to expect.
“I don’t think (Kelley) played well tonight,” Charpentier said. “He made a few throws that were off, but that happens. He has played well all year long and that happens to everybody.”
Teurlings special teams played a major role in the Rebels victory. Not only did punter Nate Arceneaux have two punts of 54 and 61 yards in the game, but a critical punt block at the end of the second quarter turned the game clearly in the Rebels favor.
With both offenses struggling, Westgate punter Benjamin Dooley was deep in the end zone when the Rebels burst through the line and blocked his punt. Jonathan Fontenot scooped the ball up in the end zone to give Teurlings a 15-0 lead.
“Special teams has been playing well all year long,” Charpentier said, “but it’s been getting better and better each week. We played really well tonight.”
At the end of the second quarter, Teurlings got the ball back with 22 seconds on the clock at its own 34-yard line. Kelley dropped back and found Sage LeBlanc underneath for what appeared to be a short gain, but LeBlanc broke it for 64 yards and a touchdown to put the Rebels up 22-0 at halftime.
“Sage is just a playmaker,” Charpentier said. “He’s been that way since he started playing. They were double- teaming him and we got the ball to him right before half and that was big. He’s been doing that for a while.”
Charpentier said the Rebels’ goal of an outright district championship may not be important to some people, but to him, it is very important. Not looking too far ahead, Charpentier acknowledged that fact that 2014 could wind up being a special one.
“We still have that opportunity,” Charpentier said. “We want to win that district championship next week. We have a chance to be undefeated (in district play) and not share it with anyone like we did last year.”
“Northside comes in here and (Northside quarterback Ethan Rose) can carry them if he gets going. We need to refocus and our goal is to be district champs. We want to win it outright and with an opportunity to do it at home next week, we couldn’t ask for anything better.”