The Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams were looking for someone to fill the void left behind by Kade Kling’s graduation.
During the team’s 2014-15 season, King scored 30-plus goals as the team reached the state semifinals for the second-straight season. That was a significant amount of offensive firepower that longtime coach, and former Rams player, Jan Richard needed to replace.
The Rams’ head man in charge didn’t need to look very far to find who was going to fill that void.
Senior Bailey Deroussel stepped up this season as Acadiana’s top offensive threat.
After scoring 15 goals last season, Deroussel ramped up his production this season as he scored 29 goals with nine assists to earn first-team all-district and all-state honors. More importantly, he helped lead the Rams to the state championship game for the first time since 2001.
“Well he is one the most coachable kids I have been around,” Richard said. “He is positive and encouraging to all of his teammates and most importantly believes in something greater than him. Which in this day and age is remarkable with all the distractions kids have.”
That encouragement was on display during Acadiana’s Division I semifinal game.
“In the game against Grace King before we went to penalty kicks, I was gathering the team together and was about to talk to them. He said, ‘We don’t need to talk we just need to pray.’ That’s when you know you have reached a kid outside of the game itself.”
By Raymond Partsch III
Ronny Rodriguez/St. Thomas More
The Cougars senior midfielder and first-team all-district star guided his team to the Division II state championship, where he earned MVP honors.
Briley Dronet/Beau Chene
The Gators senior goalkeeper proved to be one of the best in Acadiana as he earned district Defensive MVP and Division II All-State defensive MVP honors.
Josh Hughes/Westminster Christian
The Crusaders junior had 23 goals with 17 assists as he was named District Offensive MVP and Division III all-state Offensive Player of the Year.
Brayden Blanchard/Teurlings Catholic
Despite missing seven games because of football, the Rebels team captain earned district MVP honors after scoring 12 goals with 10 assists.
Helped guide Wreckin’ Rams to the state championship game by posting an impressive 0.07 goals allowed average.
Berkly Louviere/Catholic-New Iberia
The junior midfielder helped lead Panthers to Division IV semifinals after scoring 21 goals.
Austin Sun Chee Fore/Lafayette
Helped lead the Lions to the second round of the Division I playoffs. Also named district co-Offensive MVP.
Blake Bolgiano/St. Thomas More
The Cougars senior earned first-team all-state honors while also being named district Offensive MVP.
The senior center back earned first-team all-district and all-state honors after he anchored a defense that gave up less than one goal per game.
David Smith/Beau Chene
Helped lead Gators to the state semifinals for fourth straight year as he recorded 21 assists to become program’s all-time assists leader.
Episcopal School of Acadiana
The sophomore forward/midfielder had 15 goals with 12 assists to earn second-team all-state honors.
The midfielder stepped up in a big way this season as he recorded nine goals and 10 assists for the state runner-up Wreckin’ Rams.
Nathan Ratzlaff/St. Thomas More
The senior left winger earned first-team all-district honors as he scored 13 goals and recorded eight assists for Cougars.
Jaques Manuel/Teurlings Catholic
The Rebels striker recorded 20 goals with five assists on team that reached Division III quarterfinals.
The Gators sophomore scored 21 goals with nine assists this season for the state semifinalists.
COACH OF THE YEAR
CASEY FRIEND/St. Thomas More
Friend guided the Cougars to a 19-6-6 overall record which ended with a 1-0 victory over Holy Cross in the Division II championship game. STM accomplished that feat in impressive fashion as the Cougars outscored their final 10 opponents by a margin of 35-3.