Last season, the Teurlings Catholic Rebels got the better of the Lafayette Christian Academy Knights 21-17 in the regular season, but since then, the script was flipped as the Knights got revenge in their last two matchups including a 68-46 in the semifinals as well as a 62-3 statement win last night.
It was a game in which everything went right for the Knights as their star quarterback and LSU commit Ju’Juan Johnson had his usual productive game in his storied prep career as Johnson continues on his pursuit of trying to get the record for most total yards in a career when it comes to Louisiana high school football. The Knights’ dual threat was limited on the ground to only 24 yards rushing, but he beat the Rebels’ defense through the air completing 17 of 22 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns all in the first half.
“They are definitely great athletes. When everybody is looking for what they look for, you have to put those guys in the picture. They are great athletes all around. You got Jalen running the ball and Treanders is as good as anybody in the country. He runs. a 4.3/40. They make things easier for me just to go out there and play football.”LCA QB and LSU commit Ju’Juan Johnson
Johnson had tremendous help from two of his skill players in wide receiver TJ Marzell and running back Jalen Noel. Each accounted for three total touchdowns as Marzell finished with 9 catches for 111 yards and three touchdown catches while Noel ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns on only six carries. Noel also added 63 yards on two catches including a 49 yard touchdown reception.
While the red hot Knights offense certainly did not need any help as the unit accounted for 512 total yards of offense, it was a hungry and aggressive Knights defense that was the biggest takeaway from the game. Playing against a good offense and one of the top senior quarterbacks in the state in Teurlings Catholic’s Preston Welch, it turned out to be a day to forget for the veteran quarterback as the Knights forced five interceptions. Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns as linebacker Sam Taylor and defensive back DJ Hawkins were the ones that celebrated with defensive scores during the outing.
If that was not enough, defensive back Chris Helaire set a single game LCA record with three interceptions in one game.
Also, add in a special teams recovery on a kickoff and the Knights forced six turnovers. The Knights were so dominant that it was 48-0 in the first half and running clock was added to start the second half. Late in the game, the icing on the cake for the Knights was when backup quarterback Braylon Walker ran for a touchdown to put the cherry on top with a 62-3 final score.
LCA Head Coach Hunter Landry was proud of the way his team put their stamp on this game from the very start.
“It was a huge win. The message going into it was let’s play a full complete game. The last two games, we have been a second half team. We have been strong out the gates and I thought we did a great job of starting off fast, and we just never looked back once we got ahead.”LCA Head Coach Hunter Landry
The LCA Knights get a big district win over the Rebels and improves their record to 6-1 overall as well as undefeated in district. Next week, the Knights look to keep the momentum going with another tough district matchup against the Westgate Tigers.
For head coach Dane Charpentier and the Teurlings Catholic Rebels, the team falls to 5-2 and will have to mentally get ready for another Louisiana football powerhouse in undefeated St. Thomas More next week.
Week 1: U-High vs. Woodlawn
Week 2: Madison Prep vs. Southern Lab
Week 6: Acadiana vs. Sam Houston