Notre Dame makes return visit to turf at Teurlings
The longest football rivalry in the Notre Dame books continues this week when the Pios travel to Teurlings. In the 50-year history on the gridiron, Notre Dame and Teurlings have matched up 42 times with the Pios holding a remarkable 30-12 advantage against one of the area’s top football programs.
“It’s a healthy rivalry and our kids look forward to playing them because it is always a big game for both teams,” stated Coach Lewis Cook. “They have some new staff so there will be some differences in what we see. They are putting a lot of effort into generating a new excitement and that in itself will make it a challenge.”
Dane Charpentier has taken over the Teurlings football program for his father Sonny, who remains as athletic director. The elder Sonny won 194 games in 22 years as head coach. Dane is now 2-0 after wins over Breaux Bridge and LaGrange.
“They seem to be committed to run a little more,” noted Cook. “They’ll use an H back and try to look like a one back set when it is really a two back. They are pretty good sized on defense which will make it tougher up front and they have a new defensive coordinator, so we expect to see some different things, but they will do a lot of the same that has made them successful.”
Looking for the top kicker in the area? He’s right here in your back yard. John William Lamm is back for his junior season with the Pios and he looks better than ever!
“He went to some camps this summer and has gotten a lot stronger,” say coach Cook. “His kicking is night and day over last year and that will be a big plus for us. He can put it in the end zone on kickoffs and we will try to put it deep on the numbers and not give the whole field for a return. As for field goals, it’s nice to have the option of when you hit the twenty, you feel pretty good about three points.
GAME BALL AWARDS
Big Play of the Game – Garrett Bergeron 23-yard pass to TE Thomas Bellard – On third down and six at the Pios 14-yard line, Bellard, making his first start, lined up strong right and sold the Tigers defense on a run by blocking down at the snap. QB Bergeron pulled the defense further in with a play action fake and as he pulled up, Bellard had slipped behind defenders and angled to the Pios sideline hauling in a 23-yard pass from Bergeron. The 90-yard drive continued for a 7-0 Pios lead.
Noah Bourgeois – Ran for 66 yards on seven carries with a 38-yard TD run.
Gentry Borill – Caught seven passes for 69 yards and a TD.
Garrett Bergeron – Completed 14 of 20 passes for 175 yards and a score in his first start.
Joe Pommier – Came in on defensive front to record four tackles with a sack and a tackle for a loss.
Alex Brouillette – Solid game up front with three tackles, one for a loss and 5 QB hurries.
John William Lamm – Pios kicker was dead solid perfect all night making all five PATs, nailing a 37-yard field goal that would have been good from fifty plus and keeping the Tigers pinned deep on kickoffs.
The Rebels finished 7-4 overall last season losing to rival St. Thomas More, 42-14, in league and dropping a first round playoff game to Parkview Baptist, 38-21.
Teurlings returns three key starters on the offensive line which should aid young Charpentier’s plan for increasing the run game. Senior All-Acadiana tackle Justin Mathews (6-3, 300) joins early LSU commitment Thomas Perry (6-7, 320 Jr) as bookends in the experienced front that includes returning senior guard Chase Arwood (5-11, 235) and senior newcomers Jordan Howard (5-10, 255) and Lindon Boudreaux (5-11, 245).
Senior Wesley Blazek (6-2, 205) makes the unusual move from defensive end to starting quarterback. Blazek completed 13 of 26 passes for 169 yards and three scores in the opener and last week against LaGrange threw for 171 yards and 3 TDs.
The Rebels will rely on multiple backs led by two-way performer Hayden Judice (6-0, 190) who had a scoring run and caught a 24-yard TD pass against Breaux Bridge and last week rushed for 59 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards. Junior Landon Trosclair carried 11 times for 98 yards against LaGrange and senior Alexander Garber (5-10, 175) adds depth.
Three receivers will keep defenses guessing led by senior Noah Romero (6-2, 175) who had a 27-yard TD catch with 57 yards on four receptions. Senior Seth Laviolette had five catches for 96 yards and two scores last week. Cole Champagne (5-10, 175) and Conner Talbot (6-0, 175) are also in the mix and when a tight end is used it will be senior Hunter Landry (6-0, 230).
Opponents may be seeing double in a lot of ways against the Teurlings defense which returns seven starters. Senior defensive ends Reid McGuire (6-1, 215) and Jake McGuire (6-1, 215) return to flank the defensive front. Leading tackler Beau LeBlanc (5-10, 205) leads the linebackers in the middle and will get help from three-year defensive starter Cole Newland (6-1, 210) on the outside.