Replay: Rummel has answers in 42-31 victory over Teurlings

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METAIRIE – Teurlings Catholic kept punching, but whether it was on offense, defense or special teams, Rummel continued to answer.

The Raiders came up with the key plays in all phases  in a 42-31 victory over the Rebels Friday night at Joe Yenni Stadium. The game was seen live on Crescent City Sports.

Jaelen Sturgis rushed for 173 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns and Koy Moore had an 80-yard touchdown run to pace a Rummel rushing attack that accounted for 268 yards.

Malik Woodery’s 36-yard interception return for a touchdown and a safety after a bad punt snap contributed to the Raiders’ scoring.

Thanks to the potent, up-tempo Teurlings offense, Rummel needed just about every one of those points. The Rebels kept the Raiders’ defense on the field with scoring drives of 15, 13, 13 and 12 plays.

“When we had to have them, we got some stops, especially in the fourth quarter,” said Rummel coach Jay Roth, “but the key to playing an up-tempo team is to get three-and-outs. You don’t get three-and-outs, they’re going to wear you out.”

Rummel led 20-3 late in the second quarter after Woodery’s pick-six, but Teurlings scored in the waning seconds of the half on a 10-yard pass from Sammy LeBlanc to Ethan Hebert to make it 20-10 at halftime.

The Rebels got the second-half kickoff and fed running back Landon Trosclair, who finished with 194 yards from scrimmage. Trosclair had nine carries for 70 yards on the drive before giving way to Ethan Hebert, who went the final 2 yards to make it 20-17.

Chandler Fields’ 55-yard pass to Amour Rachal set up Sturgis’ first touchdown run of the night from the 5.

Rummel held and got a safety to make it 29-17 when the snap got away from punter Ian Judice and eventually went out of the back of the end zone.

Teurlings made it a one-score game on the first play of the fourth quarter when  Sammy LeBlanc hit Noah Fontenot with a 6-yard touchdown pass.

On the first play after the kickoff, Moore – a USC commit playing for the first time in three weeks – went around the left side on a jet sweep, found daylight and outran the Teurlings defense for an 80-yard touchdown to make it 35-24.

“We seemed to answer every time they cut it to a one-score game,” Roth said. “It was nice to have Koy back tonight and get back to what we do regularly on offense.”

Rummel got a stop and good field position after a short punt. The Raiders needed three plays to make it 42-24, with Sturgis capping the drive on a 16-yard run.

In need of a quick scoring drive, Teurlings got one. Michael Heintz’s sensational grab turned into a 41-yard catch and run to pull within 11 points with 7:47 left.

The Rebels tried to again make it a one-score game, but Rummel got a fourth-down stop at the 27-yard line with 2:07 left and ran out the clock.

Teurlings ran 78 offensive plays to Rummel’s 56 and outgained the Raiders 435-423.

Rummel opens District 9-5A play next Saturday at Archbishop Shaw, while Teurlings plays its final non-district game at home against defending Division I state champ Catholic High next Friday.

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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