Two of the three teams that shared last year’s District 5-4A championship — Breaux Bridge and Teurlings Catholic — are set for a midseason showdown.
Teurlings (3-1, 1-0 in 5-4A) will make the short trip down the Breaux Bridge Highway, armed with a three-game win streak and one of the Acadiana area’s top passers in Cole Kelley, to face No. 10 Breaux Bridge (3-1, 1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
“They’re playing extremely well and playing with a lot of confidence,” Breaux Bridge coach Paul Broussard said. “They’ve played good, quality opponents. They’re a well-coached team and do a lot of things. The quarterback’s as good as they say he is and his receivers are doing an excellent job of catching the ball.”
The Acadiana area will feature a marquee nondistrict contest at 7 p.m. Thursday when Class 2A’s No. 2 Catholic-New Iberia (4-0) travels to Crowley to face Class 3A’s No. 6 Notre Dame (3-1) at Gardner Memorial Stadium.
“My teams have played Notre Dame many times in the past, and it’s always a great test,” Catholic-NI coach Brent Indest said. “They’re always going to be lined up correctly, do everything the right way and they’re going to play extremely hard.
No. 8 Acadiana (2-2, 1-0) resumes its entertaining District 3-5A series against Barbe (2-2, 0-1) in Lake Charles where coach Ted Davidson will be in search of his 100th career win, while Central Catholic-Morgan City (3-1, 1-0) visits No. 7 Vermilion Catholic (3-1, 1-0) in a game that could go a long way in settling the 7-1A champion.
Breaux Bridge has successfully bounced back from a 51-21 loss at Notre Dame, defeating Class 5A Comeaux 28-14 at home and opening district play with a 26-7 victory over Westgate in New Iberia.
Joseph Williams returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown, and the Tigers rushed for 269 yards led by Ruben Hypolite (89 yards) and Xavrian Antoine (85 yards).
“One thing we stressed last week was that Notre Dame was over, and we had to look forward,” Broussard said. “We had to fix our mistakes, and we responded with two good weeks. It’s always good to get that first district win, and now it’s on to Teurlings, which is a big challenge. We’ll have our hands full.”
A year ago when Catholic-NI reached the Division IV state semifinals, the Panthers emerged from the Notre Dame contest with a 2-3 record following a 44-22 defeat.
Catholic-NI continued its early-season momentum by breaking open a 14-all tie at previously unbeaten E.D. White in Thibodaux.
The Panthers took a 21-14 lead and then benefitted from a miscue on special teams with Andre Bellefontaine scoring on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal for a 28-14 halftime lead. That was part of a stretch of 44 unanswered points.
Bellefontaine led CHSNI with 174 yards rushing and three TDs, while quarterback Jason Pellerin, an Ole Miss commitment, carried 15 times for 95 yards and four TDs.
“In the back of my head I wanted to get to 4-0 and be able to go into that game loose,” Indest said of Notre Dame. “I feel like we can go in there relaxed and play football.”
A week after Notre Dame handed coach Lewis Cook Jr. his 300th career win in the 30-point romp over Breaux Bridge, the Pioneers had a fourth-quarter rally from 17 points down at Teurlings fall short in a 17-14 setback.
Notre Dame wiped away the disappointment of its first loss of the season with a dominating 34-3 triumph over St. Louis of Lake Charles.
“It would have been easy to chalk up a 17-0 loss when not much was going our way,” Cook said. “They put themselves in position to win, and then put a good week together last week.”
Quarterback Brad Stoma threw a 63-yard TD pass, and the Pios produced a solid ground attack with Lance Bertrand (12-89) and David Comeaux (6-72) lead the way.
This will mark the ninth meeting between Notre Dame and Catholic-NI during Cook’s 20-year tenure with the teams having splitting the past two games. Before that the Pios advanced past the Panthers to the Class 3A state title game in 2009.
“Catholic High’s been playing exceptionally with a good football team,” Cook said. “It’s going to be a really good game.”