LAFAYETTE — Don’t ask Sonny Charpentier to explain what happened during the fourth quarter Friday night.
Charpentier isn’t so sure how his Teurlings Catholic Rebels scored three touchdowns in a four minute, 25-second span to break a tie and defeat Bastrop 42-21 in a Class 4A state regional playoff game at Rebels Stadium.
“All I know for certain is the bottom line. We are still in the playoffs and get to play another week,” said Charpentier, whose fourth-seeded, 11-1 Rebels are scheduled to play McDonogh No. 35 in New Orleans in the quarterfinals.
For No.13 Bastrop (8-4), the contest ended inauspiciously.
The Rams trailed 21-7 with 9:22 remaining in the third period and scored a pair of unanswered touchdowns to tie the game at 21 with 11:54 left.
After that, Teurlings began its scoring surge.
The Rebels scored on a 76-yard completion from quarterback Connor Cronin to senior receiver Jimmie McBride with 10:50 left and added another that ended a 29-yard drive as Cronin threw a pass to tackle eligible JT Hebert for 16 yards.
Teurlings later added a defensive touchdown with 6:25 remaining as Michael Hawkins returned an interception of Bastrop quarterback Christian Doaty 32 yards for a touchdown.
“I’m still not sure what happened there in the fourth quarter, things happened so quickly. Overall, I didn’t think we played that well offensively, but Bastrop had a lot of guys stacked in the box against us,” Charpentier said.
Bastrop coach Thomas Bachman said he was proud of his team’s defense, which helped an offense that was inconsistent most of the night.
“The defense, I thought, kept us in the game,” he said. “Teurlings had a couple of short drives and the interception for the touchdown, and it’s tough to stop those kind of drives and come back from a play like there was on the interception.”
Bachman said he inserted Doaty, a sophomore, at quarterback in the third quarter in order to give the Rams some passing offense.
“We’ve asked (starting quarterback) Jaetarious Davis to do a lot this year. He is really a running back that we asked to play quarterback,” said Bachman.
Cronin completed 17-of-36 passes for 226 yards and was intercepted once.
The Rebels ran for 177 yards, with 65 of that coming on the game’s final offensive snap.
Davis and Doaty each threw an interception and combined for 155 yards off 11 completions.
The Rams rushed for 165 yards, with Davis getting 95 of that in the first half.
TCHS placekicker Jacob Cunningham put the Rebels ahead at halftime with a pair of field goals.
That gave the Rebels a 13-7 halftime lead.
Bastrop took the opening kickoff 66 yards in seven plays to take a 7-0 lead. Davis and running back Jatavious Wilson highlighted the drive, which took a minute and 30 seconds.
Wilson had the key play on the drive when he turned a short pass from Davis into a 48-yard gain to reach the Rebels’ 2. Two plays later, Davis scored the game’s first TD.
Later in the first period, TCHS tipped a Tyler Bayless punt attempt. The punt landed at the Rams’ 20, and three plays later, running back Zach Lafleur ran in from a yard out. Cunningham’s kick tied it.
Cunningham’s field goals of 36 and 34 yards put the Rebels in front 13-7 with 8:07 left in the second period.
The Rebels launched a final first-half drive starting with 6:56 left in the second quarter, but the march ended at the 15 when Cronin was intercepted in the end zone.
Bastrop controlled the ball after that for the final 3:56 and drove to the TCHS 7. Davis threw a pair of incompletions in the final 8.2 seconds to end the half.