Acadiana wanted to set an early tone and keep its winning streak going in District 3-5A, and Jayrin Wilson more than did his part.
Wilson had scoring runs of 64 and 80 yards on the Wreckin’ Rams’ first two offensive plays, and Acadiana never looked back in rolling to a 50-11 win over Comeaux in their District 3-5A contest at Spartan Stadium.
Wilson finished the night with 148 yards on only four carries, getting exactly half of the Rams’ 296 rush yards out of their veer offense. That attack put up touchdowns on five of their six first-half possessions.
“We knew that they (Comeaux) were going to come out here juiced up,” Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said. “But Jayrin kind of took that out of them. He’s a special athlete, and those first two runs gave us a big boost.”
Wilson wasn’t through there, as he provided a clinching score late in the third quarter. The host Spartans (2-4, 0-3) mounted their best drive of the game in that third period, going 84 yards and setting up Gabe Ardoin’s 14-yard run, which brought Comeaux within 35-11.
However, Wilson gathered in Grant Emfinger’s bouncing kickoff and brought it back 95 yards for a back-breaking touchdown.
The Rams (4-2, 3-0) won their third straight district game and took over sole possession of first place in district play. They followed up Wilson’s two early runs with three second-quarter touchdowns to take a 35-3 halftime lead.
Ziggy Francis, who finished with 64 yards rushing, had scoring runs of 1 and 3 yards in the period, the last of which came with 2:02 left. In between, Ram quarterback Myles Hutchinson scored on an option keeper from 14 yards out, his first score of the year.
Both of the last two touchdowns of the half came after the Spartans mishandled kickoffs, one recovered by Kablen Shelvin at the Comeaux 30 and the second by Brian Lebon at the Spartan 35.
“That was embarrassing,” said a disappointed Comeaux coach Doug Dotson, in his first year with the Spartans. “Not handling the kickoff, that’s something we just can’t do.”
Hutchinson provided the final score with his 2-yard run 46 seconds into the final quarter. Hutchinson also completed a pair of passes for 48 yards, and had 52 yards rushing.
Comeaux quarterback Brett Dotson finished 15-of-27 passing for 196 yards, but the Spartans suffered key penalties that stymied two early offensive drives before the rash of fumbles.
Acadiana, which lost back-to-back games in the second and third weeks of the season, took two close wins over Barbe and Sulphur in the past two weeks.
“Hopefully we got the kinks out early,” said Davidson, whose team didn’t have a turnover until the final six minutes. “We don’t want to be playing our best football in Week One, we want to play our best late in the season. Our goal is just to get better every week.
“This one was a district game and an in-town game. It doesn’t take a lot to get them up for one like this.”