Cubs run, pass their way to big first-half lead, cruise to 41-15 win
What shaped up as an interesting season opener between Class 4A Teurlings Catholic of Lafayette and 3A University High became an offensive fireworks presentation for the Cubs and a long night for the Rebels.
U-High (1-0) scored its first touchdown in less than a minute, piled up a 41-0 first-half margin and went on to notch a 41-15 win.
With quarterback Manny Miles at the controls, U-High scored on every possession of the first half.
Davonte Dotson caught two scoring passes from Miles, the first for 40 yards and the second for 23.
Running back Nick Brossette ran 5 yards and 45 yards for touchdowns, and Miles carried in from 4 yards out for the Cubs’ fifth touchdown.
Matthew Berg added five extra points and two field goals of 28 and 35 yards to complete the 41-point first half.
As impressive as the offense was, the Cubs’ defense was also a big part of the story. Cornerback Malik Antoine had two interceptions — the first off a deflection by teammate Tré Jackson, and the second a pickoff from his own end zone, which he nearly broke for a touchdown before being dragged down after a 55-yard return.
“We think the only offense that can score against our defense is our own offense,” Antoine said.
“We’re coached that when the ball is in the air, we break on it. I was just trying to play smart, and when I saw the pass in the air, I broke on it. I’m always just trying to help my teammates out.”
Antoine’s second interception snuffed out a Teurlings scoring opportunity that was set up when Brandon Baptiste picked off a Miles pass and returned it to the Cubs’ 3-yard line.
Senior linebacker Beau Navarre also recovered a fumble for the third Cubs takeaway in the half.
U-High let the air out of the ball in the second half, attempting only one pass and turning to the running game with Brossette and Jordan Davis.
Brossette led all rushers with 20 carries for 179 yards.
“We weren’t really expecting to get that much separation early,” U-High coach Chad Mahaffey said. “The kids really played hard after a good week of practice. In fact, we’ve had a good offseason.
“These guys have worked the right way, and hopefully, they’ll be able to perform. It went great tonight. I don’t know that we’ll be able to rely on that every week, but we played great tonight,” he said.
Miles completed 10 of 12 passes for 141 yards with one interception, all in the first half.
Zach LaFleur was the leading rusher for the Rebels, picking up 48 tough yards on eight carries with a longest run of 23 yards.
The brightest spot for Teurlings was a 62-yard touchdown pass from Brye Latiolas to Richard Landon in the fourth quarter.
“They’re exactly what we thought they would be,” Teurlings coach Sonny Charpentier said. “We weren’t able to match their play early on — that was obvious — and give all the credit to them. We’ll look on this as a learning experience.”