LAKE CHARLES — Acadiana High escaped a shootout at Barbe with a 41-35 victory Friday night, getting the winning touchdown breaking a tie with just 6 seconds to play.
That score came on Myles Hutchinson’s 11-yard pass — just his fourth completion of the game, but all for touchdowns — to Braylin Trahan and finished a 20-play drive that spanned more than 10 minutes and totaled 85 yards.
The Rams (2-2, 1-0 District 3-5A)) used their powerful running game — with Jayrin Wilson rushing for 264 yards and two TDs on 29 carries and Ziggy Francis going for 128 yards on 16 rushes — to open up the short passing game in the red zone and earn their second victory of the season in their district opener against the Bucs (1-3, 0-1).
Acadiana struck first and took a 7-0 lead with a long, lumbering, 80-yard touchdown drive that lasted more than five minutes and ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hutchinson to Javonis Isaac.
But the Rams’ celebration was short-lived, as Barbe running back Kirkland Banks returned the ensuing kickoff 90-yards for the score to tie the game.
Acadiana quickly regained the lead when Hutchinson once again found Isaac for a 7-yard score a couple minutes later, but Barbe quickly took control.
Buccaneers quarterback Gavin Nettles ran the offense with great efficiency, tallying just one incomplete pass, throwing for two touchdowns and running for one more in Barbe’s next three drives to give the Bucs a 27-14 lead late in the first half.
At risk of going into halftime trailing by 13 points with Barbe starting with possession to the start of the second half, Acadiana looked for something big to close the margin.
That something came three plays into the drive when Hutchinson found a wide-open Bralen Trahan for a 58-yard bomb that cut Barbe’s lead to 27-21 before halftime.
Then began a wild, back-and-forth third quarter that saw three touchdowns in the span of 64 seconds.
After holding Barbe to three-and-out on the opening drive of the half, Acadiana put together a 15-play, 83-yard touchdown drive that lasted 5:30 to take a 28-27 lead.
The Buccaneers responded with a three-play, 46-yard touchdown drive thanks to a pair of long runs by running back Kirkland Banks, and a two-point conversion gave Barbe a 35-28 lead.
Acadiana tied the game on its next offensive play, an 80-yard touchdown run by Jayrin Wilson, and the two teams found themselves tied at 35-points apiece going into the final quarter.
In the end the Rams’ ground game proved to be too much. After forcing another punt near the start of the fourth quarter, the Rams began their final drive with 10:17 remaining in the quarter.
Twenty plays, 85 yards and 10:11 minutes later, Hutchinson found Trahan for an 11-yard score with 6 seconds remaining to tally his fourth passing touchdown for the winner.
Hutchinson completed four of his seven passes for 75 yards, all for completions being touchdowns.