Teurlings Catholic coach Sonny Charpentier looked back on his team’s 28-20 playoff loss Saturday and contemplated his team’s “missed opportunities ... that turnover,” and those “men up front” of victorious Rummel.
Rummel scored the first half’s only touchdown of Saturday’s Division I select second-round game at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie. The Raiders stopped Teurlings after it had reached the Rummel 5-yard line in the final minute of the half, and then turned an interception into a quick 14-0 lead in the opening moments of the second half.
But in the end, it was a Rummel running attack, led by a dominant offensive line and a pressuring defense against the Rebels’ vaunted passing game that was decisive.
Rummel (11-0) advances to play Jesuit in a semifinal game.
The Raiders, ranked No. 10 nationally by USA TODAY, have won 17 consecutive games.
Teurlings (9-2) lost for the first time since opening week.
“They’ve got some men up front,” Charpentier said of the Raiders defensive rush of Briston Guidry, Tyrell Jacobs, Samuel Servat and Jacob Macaluso. That rotation applied steady pressure to 6-foot-7 quarterback Cole Kelley.
With 2,700-yard passer Kelley pulling the trigger, the Rebels offense had averaged 42 points per game before Saturday. He was sacked four times Saturday and hurried into a 20-for-40 passing day.
“I’m ecstatic to come out on top,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “This is the most athletic team we’ve played.”
Rummel threw only two passes, both incompletions.
Operating behind an offensive line anchored by Austin Lavin, Joseph Oliver, Pierce Bonck, Larry Robinson and Todd Weller, the Raiders ran the ball 54 times and gained a bone-rattling 329 yards.
The dependence on the run “was by design,” Roth said. “Against an explosive offense like that, the best defense is keeping them off the field.
“Our offensive line kept them off the field.”
Kelley did manage 287 yards passing, including three touchdowns, but the game’s lone turnover, a Kristian Fulton interception of a Kelley pass, gave the Raiders momentum on the second half’s second play.
Fulton grabbed the high throw at the Teurlings 44 and returned it to the 7-yard line.
Maurice Bailey, who produced a bulk of the Raiders offense by gaining 158 yards on 25 runs, scored on a 1-yard slam. Quarterback Chase Fourcade added 110 yards on 12 runs.
“That play by Keith and the touchdown gave us some breathing room for awhile,” Roth said.
Teurlings was forced to use 15 plays and more than seven minutes when it drove 80 yards to make it a 14-6 game with 2:46 remaining in the third period.
It was Bailey who also gave the Raiders a 21-6 lead with a 13-yard run that finished an 80-yard drive in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
The Rebels answered Bailey’s second score by quickly covering 82 yards. A Kelley to Sage LeBlanc 51-yard completion launched the nine-play drive. A 7-yard Kelley to Ike Hidalgo pass scored the touchdown. Hidalgo also caught the Rebels’ first touchdown.
Leading 21-13 with 6:53 remaining in the game, Rummel drove 80 yards in 11 plays for the decisive score. Operating for a Wildcat formation, Rummel’s Brandon Phillips had runs of 16, 8 and 4 yards to close the drive.
Trailing 28-13 with 2:30 remaining, Kelley and the Rebels needed nine plays and 72 seconds to move 60 yards. Kelley’s third down, 10-yard completion to Grant Lagrange made it 28-20.
Fourcade, the Raiders quarterback, secured the Rebels’ onside kick attempt at the Rummel 49 with 1:18 remaining. The Raiders ran out the clock.