After another 15-week grind of a season, Acadiana tight end Bry’Kiethon Mouton said he’s got one more game left in his 240-pound body.
A week after helping Acadiana to an repeat of its Class 5A state championship Mouton, who was voted his team’s Most Outstanding Player in the game, closes his high school career Saturday with an appearance in the LHSCA East-West All-Star game.
Kickoff is 1 p.m. at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium.
“My body’s good; I’m not sore,” Mouton said. “I was excited to get picked for the game. It’s a great feeling. I want to use the experience to get to know some of the other guys that were picked.”
Mouton, a member of the West squad, is one of two LSU commitments in the game, with the other being East wide receiver Jazz Ferguson of West Feliciana, in the 72-player event.
Acadiana, which defeated Destrehan 23-7 last Saturday, joined West Monroe, Evangel Christian and Destrehan in becoming the fourth school to win consecutive 5A state titles.
In the 5A championship game, Acadiana built a 14-7 halftime lead, including a 37-yard touchdown from Kevin Moore to Mouton and relied on three second-half field goals and an opportunistic defense to nail down the school’s fourth overall title.
“It’s been great to go back to back to the Dome and win it,” Mouton said. “It was a great experience. We had great preparation for the whole week. We actually made history for our school. Nobody had ever done it before.”
Acadiana’s return to the pinnacle of Class 5A football also represented a reversal of fortunes, overcoming a 2-3 record after five weeks and 5-4 mark after a last-seconds loss to Carencro that knocked the Rams out of contention for the District 3-5A title.
With Moore moving to quarterback to stabilize the offense, Acadiana went on a patent postseason run that included six straight victories, including upsets of the No. 2 (Ponchatoula), No. 3 (Zachary), No. 4 (Destrehan) and No. 10 (Mandeville) seeds along the way.
“We had to lock out all the negativity and stay focused,” Mouton said. “Our mindset was to get back to the Dome.”
Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said Mouton played a pivotal role in the team’s return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and subsequent state title.
Not only was Mouton heavily involved in Acadiana’s run-oriented veer attack, which produced more than 3,500 yards rushing, but the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder evolved into a dependable receiving target and developed quite a rapport with Moore in the postseason.
“Since we run about 80-20, his blocking was probably a little more useful than his ability to catch, but he was always a threat and he made a lot of big catches,” Davidson said. “On the edge, he was a big time blocker and got some push and did a lot of things for our offense.”
Mouton, who caught four passes for 77 yards for a TD in the state championship game, wound up with 20 catches for 471 yards and five scores, four of which came in the playoffs.
“Kevin had a lot of confidence in him and threw it in there,” Davidson said. “Bry’Kiethon is a remarkable athlete for his size and strength. He’s so agile and gets in position to catch balls that smaller guys have problems with.”
Davidson, who has spent 32 years at Acadiana, went as far as to say Mouton has been the school’s best tight end during his tenure.
Mouton had the rare distinction of breaking the starting lineup in the seventh week of his freshman season, catching a touchdown in his first game against Carencro, the eventual state runner-up.
“He may be the best,” Davidson said. “With all the athletes we’ve had come through here, he’s the only freshman that started since I’ve been here. He’s made enormous contributions, both as a receiver and blocker.”
All-Star week, which consisted of two days of practice, is providing Mouton with a crash course on his future position at LSU which will be fullback/H-back in the West’s version of the spread offense.
“I’m looking forward to getting experience in the backfield,” Mouton said. “I just have to stay focused and do what I have to do. I’m not going to put any pressure on myself. I’ll just play the game.”