Arguably the most difficult nondistrict schedule in school history will come to a close at 7 p.m. Friday when Teurlings Catholic hosts Catholic High of Baton Rouge for the first time.
The No. 5 Rebels (3-1) have given a good account of themselves against the challenging schedule, defeating two-time Division III state champion Calvary Baptist, Catholic League staple Shaw and former District 5-4A opponent Breaux Bridge.
“It’s always going to be a challenge, but ultimately if we can get ourselves ready for not only district but Week 11, we’ll be prepared,” Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier said. “We played three games in a 12-day stretch and went 2-1 with all three on the road, so that’s not terrible.”
Teurlings’ first home game in four weeks features Catholic High (2-2), which has rebounded from a 0-2 start and evened its record last week in a 35-17 win over St. Thomas More.
Senior quarterback Cole Kelley, an Arkansas commitment, leads the Rebels, having completed 59 of 115 passes for 839 yards and eight TDs.
“I think it’s going to be our biggest test so far,” Charpentier said. “I’ve been impressed with them on film. They’re a sound football team as always. They make you have to worry about a lot of things. We’re going to have to play really well to give ourselves a chance.”
Two of the three expected frontrunners — No. 2 Notre Dame (4-0, 1-0) and Loreauville (4-0, 1-0) — meet in a District 5-2A showdown at 7 p.m. in Loreauville.
For Notre Dame coach Lewis Cook, now in his 31st season of coaching, the game features a bit of irony with the Pios set to meet Loreauville and its eighth-year coach Trent Delahoussaye.
When he coached at Crowley, it was commonplace for Cook to cross paths with Delahoussaye’s father – Carroll, who won 246 games and a pair of state championships at St. Martinville.
The last time the two Acadiana area-coaching legends met was 1991 or when Trent Delahoussaye was a 15-year-old freshman. Cook’s Gents advanced to the Class 4A state title game with a regional win over Delahoussaye’s Tigers.
“You know you’re getting old when you coached against their dads and now you’re coaching against the sons,” Cook said. “It’s a pretty unique situation. Carroll and I are close friends and had some really close games and to see his son come along and be a successful head coach is a good feeling.”
Loreauville is averaging 47 points in rolling to an undefeated start, including last week’s 38-14 win over Delcambre to start league play.
The Tigers are led by running back Brennon Williams with 59 carries for 409 yards and eight TDs and quarterback Jared Henry, who has completed 29 of 44 passes for 452 yards and 8 TDs. He’s also rushed 31 times for 281 yards and three TDs.
Notre Dame has counted on quarterback Joe Faulk, who has passed for 289 yards and four TDs and rushed for a team-high 298 yards and three scores. Gabe Petry has rushed for 243 yards and a TD.
The Pios defense, paced by linebacker Patrick Burleigh’s 28 tackles, has allowed nine points per game, registered 16 sacks and four interceptions.
“I think this is one of the best teams we’ve ever faced that’s come to Loreauville,” Trent Delahoussaye said. “I also feel we have one of our better teams also. Hopefully the kids are up for the challenge.”