The Teurlings Catholic defense did not let homecoming distractions affect its play against the Crowley Gents Friday night at Rebels Stadium.
Teurlings’ J.T. Hebert and Patrick Langlinais each scored defensive touchdowns and the unit as a whole held Crowley to 158 total yards as the Rebels continued their early season momentum in a 38-0 shutout.
“I’m glad this one is over,” said Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier. “We didn’t let the distractions of the week get to us and I’m proud of how we played.”
Despite his team being shutout, Crowley coach Josh Fontenot said he was “proud of the fight” his team showed throughout the game.
“We are never happy with a loss,” Fontenot said. “I’m not pleased tonight, but I am proud. I’m proud of what we displayed as a team. At least we know we are going to get a fight.”
After two personal foul penalties early in the second quarter, Fontenot expressed his displeasure. Fontenot claimed he did not use profanity in his tirade, but the referee ejected him, leaving the Gents in assistant coach Craig Manuel’s hands.
“I don’t think I should have been ejected,” Fontenot said. “I never cursed once. But that’s OK. That should never happen. I preach to my boys to play the right way and let me handle the officials. There’s obviously calls that you disagree with, but that didn’t decide the game. I fully trust coach Manuel. I shouldn’t have been ejected, but if I said too much, I said too much.”
Teurlings opened scoring with a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Conner Cronin to Sage LeBlanc early in the first quarter. Cronin finished the game 12-for-20 for 138 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He opened the game going 6-for-7, with the one incompletion being a drop.
“I thought Conner was sharp at times,” Charpentier said. “We had a few drops and we have to get that cleaned up.”
“The (Teurlings) offensive line does everything right,” Fontenot said. “(Cronin) is phenomenal and he threw some beautiful balls. It’s hard for us to keep a team like Teurlings at bay for long.”
Teurlings went into halftime with a 24-0 lead after Hebert scooped up a fumble and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown. Cronin said Charpentier told the team he wanted quick scores to open the second half. The defense responded in the first minute of the third quarter when Langlinais returned a second fumble four yards for the touchdown.
“Those defensive touchdowns gave us a lot of confidence,” Cronin said. “It just gives us so much momentum moving forward. It seems like every week they get us one.”
Fontenot said he will take a few positives from this game.
“I told the boys to put this one behind us,” he said.