The Teurlings Catholic Rebels, led by head coach Dane Charpentier, were looking to bounce back after a 48-20 loss to the two-time defending state champion St. Charles Catholic Comets, and a big non-district win over Hall of Fame coach Lewis Cook and the Notre Dame Pioneers would serve to be very good medicine in order to get the Rebels back on the right track.
They did so by having a dominant second half against the Pios. After being in a tied 14-14 game right before halftime, the Rebels flexed their muscles by scoring 20 unanswered points to pull away to a 34-14 victory.
“I thought our defense played great. The defense gave us positive field position. I felt that we left a lot on the table offensively. The kids did a great job of fighting through it as they kept playing. We made some plays in the second half and built off what we were doing in the first half. We played complimentary football. Our defense set up our offense and certainly did a great job of that. Our offense could play a lot better than we did tonight, but you take the win and roll to the next one. We have a ton of respect for their program and tonight was a big game. There is a lot of history between the two schools. The kids were a little nervous at first, but they settled in and had a great second half.”Teurlings Catholic Head Coach Dane Charpentier
Offensively, the Rebels have one of the best returning quarterbacks in South Louisiana in Preston Welch and the veteran signal caller had himself a great day accounting for three total touchdowns.
“It was good, but it was a team effort. `We had some problems in the beginning, but we came together and executed. The offensive line proved to be the stars of the game. We did good altogether as a team tonight.”Teurlings Catholic 2024 QB Preston Welch
Still, the biggest star in the win was running back Ayden Trahan, who finished with 103 yards and two touchdowns on only 12 carries including a 66 yard touchdown run that he broke multiple tackles to give the Rebels that 21-14 lead.
“The long run stood out to me. It sent a message that we are here and that Teurlings is not backing down from nobody.”Teurlings Catholic 2024 RB Ayden Trahan
After a lengthy lightning delay, both offenses provided more lightning strikes on the football field. The Teurlings Catholic Rebels offense certainly did not look rusty after the delay as Trahan scored on a 17 yard touchdown run to give the Rebels a 7-0 lead.
Notre Dame quickly responded as QB Parker Faust found a wide-open Jacob Trahan for a 30 yard touchdown catch to tie the game at 7 a piece.
The Rebels answered back as Welch threw his first touchdown pass of the night to his favorite target Bradford Cain in order to give the home team a 14-7 lead.
Yet again, the Pioneers did not back down with Faust leading the offense down the field on a 7 play, 70 yard touchdown drive that was capped off with a quarterback sneak to tie the game up at 14.
However, from that point on, it was all Teurlings Catholic with the Rebels adding three more touchdowns including the 66 yard touchdown run from Trahan, a touchdown pass from Welch to Jack Purser, and finally a Welch rushing touchdown to put the nail in the coffin and give the Rebels a historic win in this rivalry.
After a disappointing loss last week against the Comets of St. Charles Catholic, the Rebels get a big time win over Coach Cook’s squad. In fact, this is the first time that the Rebels have ever won three straight in this rivalry with the Pios.
With district play soon approaching, this type of victory could give a lot of positive energy towards the Pios’ way as they play in one of the very best districts in the state.
“Our district is worried about each district game as it comes. It’s arguably the top district in the state from top to bottom. It’s very competitive and fun to play in those games. It’s a special time in high school football.”Teurlings Catholic Head Coach Dane Charpentier
Leading a talented and veteran squad, Charpentier is looking to continue its nice start to the season next Friday as the 3-1 Teurlings Catholic Rebels will make the travel on the road to play Breaux Bridge.
Meanwhile, Lewis Cook and the 2-2 Notre Dame Pioneers will go on the road to play Cecilia next Friday.
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