Everything the Karr Cougars want is right in front of them. A chance to play in the Superdome and also the possibility of winning a state title awaits. But first Karr must beat Teurlings Catholic on Friday night in the 4A semi-finals at Hoss Memtas Stadium.
Top seeded Karr (12-1) is coming off a 39-14 win over 8th seeded Northside in the quarterfinal round last Friday night. Last season, the Cougars had a chance to make it to the 4A semi-finals but lost by a point, 25-24, to Salmen to end their season.
Even though Karr is glad to have made it this far, the Cougars are hungry to keep their season going. â€œWe are very excited to be in the semi-finals. We are not satisfied. We want to continue to play.â€ Said head coach Jabbar Juluke.
Teurlings Catholic, the 20th seed, is coached by Sonny Charpentier who is his 17th season. The Rebels eliminated the defending 4A state champion Neville in overtime of the quarterfinals, 27-26. The Rebels stopped Neville on a two point conversion to hang on and advance to the semi-finals.
On offense, the Rebels are led by quarterback Dâ€™Shaie Landor, a dual threat quarterback who rushed for 113 yards and threw for another 109 yards against Neville. In the running game, senior Adam Angelle ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns against Neville.
The main concern for Karr, however, is to win the battle up front against the Rebels. â€œThey are a good offensive team. They run the spread and have a good scheme. They have a good quarterback. Our defense has to play well with Matthew Bailey, Timothy Johnson and Devon Francois. Those guys have to set the tone.â€ explained Juluke.
Karrâ€™s offense will look to have balance with the run and pass. The Cougars are powered by senior quarterback Tollette George and talented skill position talent. â€œWe have a great one-two punch with our quarterback Tollette George and running back Jonathon Hill. We also have a great group of receivers in Rasheed Davis, Neal Randall, and Jarrell Bennett.â€ Said Juluke.
As usual, Karr also needs to do is to protect the football against underdog Teurlings. â€œThey are fundamentally sound on defense and get to the football. We have to take care of the football and cannot have any turnovers.â€ Juluke said.
A trip to the Superdome is just one win away, but Karr has remained focus on Teurlings knowing that the Cougars are playing a dangerous football team playing with great confidence. The Cougars are well aware of upset-minded teams after coming back and beating 32-seeded Wossman, 22-14 in the 1st round.
â€œWe have to continue to do what we have been doing to stay focused. This is a very important game. If you donâ€™t win this game, there will be no celebrating Superdome. This is a very good team we are playing. This is a team that knocked out the defending state champions. We know we are in for a dogfight.â€ Said Juluke.
Kickoff for Karr-Teurlings is Friday night at 7 o'clock with the game set to be televised on COX 4.
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