NO. 21 NEVILLE (7-5) AT NO. 20 TEURLINGS CATHOLIC (9-3) -- The Rebels have proven me wrong the last two weeks, defeating both Sam Houston and Lutcher. Their 32-25 win over Lutcher was one of the most surprising second-round outcomes in the state, at least outside of the north Lafayette area.
Teurlings Catholic junior quarterback Dshaie Landor has been magnificent all season and he's been even better in the playoffs, throwing for 259 yards (on 18-of-25 passing) in the first-round vs. Sam Houston and running for 198 yards last week against Lutcher.
"You're almost forced to like Teurlings's chances at this point, especially if they play their best," said prep football expert Brady Aymond of The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette. "You can never count out a Sonny Charpentier-coached team. He has a reputation an a spread offense guy, but they run more than most people realize.
"Neville hasn't exactly been setting the world on fire, and I don't think they're as scary an opponent as (Lutcher) last week.
"Landor, the Teurlings quarterback, is a great kid and every time I talk to him, I come away with a great impression. He's a young man who has the right attitude, and you know that his grades are going to be there too."
On offense, the Tigers look to sophomore QB John Diarse to get things started and he rarely disappoints. For instance, Diarse torched 11-1 Bastrop's defense for 311 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns in the Rams' only loss of the year.
RB Charles Jones (91-572, 8 TDs) usually gets the ball when Diarse (122-1004, 10 TDs) doesn't run (or throw) it.
Diarse has completed 62-of-104 passes for 856 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.
The play-calling of two offensive masterminds: Neville's Mickey McCarty and Teurlings' Charpentier.
The weather conditions -- it's been raining in the Lafayette area for several hours and game-time temps are expected to be in the 40s -- favor Neville, since the Tigers don't usually put it in the air as frequently as the Rebels. Landor got most of his rushing yardage between the tackles vs. Lutcher and that will be a difficult feat to repeat against Neville, which will have Hodge and Wyatt lurking inside.
Will Landor and the Rebels do it again?