LAFAYETTE — Acadiana’s veer offense gets a lot of notoriety, but the Wreckin’ Rams can also win with defense.
That defensive unit held Lafayette High scoreless until the final play of the game, limited the Mighty Lions to one first-half first down and got a touchdown of its own as the Rams rolled to a 26-7 win in their District 3-5A game at Mighty Lion Stadium.
The Rams (5-2, 4-0) won for the fourth straight time, getting two short touchdown runs from quarterback Myles Hutchinson, but led only 14-0 midway through the fourth quarter when Lafayette High quarterback Dwight Youngblood was sacked and fumbled.
Malik George had his second recovery of the game at the Lions’ 38-yard line, and Acadiana drove those 38 yards before backup running back Brian Lebon scored from 1 yard out for a 20-0 advantage.
Two plays later, Jayrin Wilson stepped in front of a Youngblood pass and returned an interception 70 yards for a clinching score and his second pick-six of the year.
“He found a way to get one in the end zone,” said Rams coach Ted Davidson of Wilson, who had touchdown runs of 80 and 64 yards on his first two carries at tailback one week earlier in a 50-11 win over Comeaux.
Lafayette High (2-5, 0-3) was plagued by poor field position all night, not starting a drive outside its own 37 until late in the third quarter and starting twice inside its own 5. Acadiana had to go only 37, 26 and 38 yards for its three offensive scores.
“We put our offense in too many bad positions,” LHS coach Jay Domengeaux said.
Youngblood’s scramble out of the pocket midway through the second quarter was the Lions’ only first down until the final five minutes of the third period.
“We’re starting to play Acadiana-style defense,” Davidson said. “We had to do that, because this is always a big rivalry. They (LHS) played great defense against us and took a lot of our stuff away. We had to scratch and claw for everything we got.”
The Rams took advantage of a short punt and took 14 plays to drive 37 yards on their first possession, with Hutchinson getting the final yard for a 7-0 lead with 3:30 left in the first quarter. Acadiana drove to the LHS 35, 4 and 29 on its other first-half possessions but couldn’t add to its advantage.
That changed quickly, though, when Jordan Dickerson returned a short kickoff 46 yards to open the second half and set the Rams up at the LHS 26. Hutchinson scored five plays later from two yards out for a 14-0 edge.
The game deteriorated into a turnover-fest after that, with six turnovers by the teams in the final 14 minutes, including the Lions’ last two that were converted into Ram touchdowns.
Youngblood drove the Lions 69 yards in the final 3:28 and hit Jaelyn Price with a 10-yard touchdown pass on the game’s final play.
Wilson had 89 yards and Hutchinson 50 in Acadiana’s 179-yard rushing total. Lions running backs Trevin Kelly and Trey Davis, who had teamed for more than 300 rush yards in LHS’ 33-30 loss to Barbe the previous Friday, finished with 90 and 58 yards respectively. In all, Acadiana took a narrow 190-186 advantage in total offense in the defense-dominated game.
“This is two teams that are very familiar with what each other does,” Davidson said. “You practice against that every day in the spring, in the fall, when you work against your own team. We’re just fortunate that we played a really solid game on defense.”