Despite a whipping wind that left a chill in the air, about a thousand Acadiana High School football fans and parents gathered along Scott’s major roads Sunday as they cheered for their back-to-back state champion Wreckin’ Rams in a parade of green and gold.
The Rams, who beat Destrehan High School 23-7 on Dec. 13 to win the team’s second consecutive Class 5A State Championship, waved and danced on a trio of Mardi Gras floats in a citywide celebration, spanning from Acadiana High School at Rue de Bellier Road to City Hall on Lions Club Road.
“It’s a reason to bring the community together to show how we feel about our school,” Scott Mayor Purvis Morrison said. “For them to win back-to-back championships is phenomenal. It’s a testament to the school and the community.”
Standing at the end of the route was Chester Stutes, wearing a hat covered in green and gold tinsel. Stutes’ daughter and grandchildren all graduated from Acadiana High.
“It feels great (to be a Wreckin’ Rams fan),” he said. “This year was special because they really pulled it together. They really put their hearts into the game, and we’re loving it even more this year.”
At the end of the parade route, the Rams, along with the team’s cheerleading squad, were honored by Morrison and other Acadiana leaders, including Lafayette Parish Interim School Superintendent Burnell LeJeune, a former teacher and alumnus of the school.
“The key to education is not just math and English,” LeJeune told attendees. “It’s about life. And what they do on the football field in terms of dedication, commitment and teamwork is what’s so very important to becoming a good citizen.”
Morrison then handed a placard to Acadiana High School principal David LeJeune, who is Burnell LeJeune’s brother, and head football coach Ted Davidson, to show the city’s appreciation of their accomplishments.
“At the pep rally before we went (to the championship game), I made a statement about the king not being dead,” Davidson told the crowd. “I’ll tell you right now, the king is alive and well.”
Although the Rams started out the year rough, winning only two of their first five games, the team roared back into playoff contention, finishing the season 12-4.
“With the way we started out this year, it’s hard to believe they could come back, but they did,” said Thomas Bellman, father of junior center Ethan Bellman. “We knew they had it in them. They’re tough.”
With four championships in eight years, can Acadiana High School be called a dynasty? According to Bellman, not just yet.
“I don’t know about all that,” he said. “Dynasty is tough to say, but they are the hardest-working team in the state, I think.”
Morrison disagreed, saying he thinks it’s time to start thinking about the team as a dynasty.
“It’s a dynasty,” Morrison said. “I said that two years ago, we were developing a dynasty. I think now the state will see that there’s a dynasty in Scott, Louisiana.”