Not too many people outside of the Teurlings Catholic locker room gave the Rebels, who are ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 4A, much of a chance to play with — let alone defeat — the state’s No. 2-ranked team in Class 2A Calvary Baptist.
But the Rebels aren’t interested in what people on the outside think they can and can’t accomplish. Instead they just go out every week and prove the naysayers wrong.
They did just that on Friday. Not only did they slow down Calvary Baptist’s high-powered offense that was averaging 43 points per game by holding them to 21, but they scored 45 points offensively en route to claiming a 52-28 win to improve to 4-0 on the year.
“Honestly, it’s not about proving people wrong,” Rebels head coach Sonny Charpentier said. “We don’t really talk about what people are saying about us. We look around the locker room and we focus on each other and what we believe. Regardless of what people say about you, you still have to go out on the field and do it.”
The Rebels, who are ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, have definitely done the job so far this season as they opened up with a win over Catholic High of New Iberia, followed by a rout of Alexandria and a nail-biting victory over Notre Dame before upending Calvary Baptist.
“Our kids really believe in what we’re doing here,” Charpentier said. “They believe in each other and they believe in the things that we are trying to get done.”
What made the victory over Calvary Baptist even more special was the fact the Rebels didn’t suffer a letdown after such an emotional win over the Pioneers the week before.
“The Notre Dame game the week before was such an emotional win for us,” Charpentier said. “A lot of people didn’t think we’d be able to beat Calvary Baptist, but our kids did a great job of stepping up. Our guys went out there after a great week of practice and executed everything we talked about. This was by far the best game of the year that we’ve played.”
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