SCOTT — With the 49-0 victory over Northside never in doubt, Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said he was testing out who the 2015 running backs will be to run the vaunted veer offense.
“Ziggy Francis is low to the ground,” Davidson said. “He has good balance, and he hits the crease hard. That’s why I told them with the way (Northside) was playing defense: ‘If you hit that outside veer hard, you can break one.’ ”
Francis led the Rams in rushing with 143 yards on only eight carries. A trio of Rams — Francis, Jayrin Wilson and La’daithian Levine all scored a pair of touchdowns. Davidson said those three backs will more than likely be carrying the ball for the Rams this season.
“(Levine) has a spot right now, but he had a staph (infection) earlier in the week and missed a few reps,” Davidson said. “His timing was a little rusty. Jayrin is always a threat, but you don’t want to use him too much in a game like this, especially with it being so hot, but he’s a threat every time he touches the ball.”
Wilson’s primary role is in the secondary. He had an interception at the end of the first half and returned it 59 yards to the 1-yard line as time expired. Even with Wilson’s focus on defense, Davidson said he has a good understanding of the offense.
Wilson broke a 61-yard touchdown in the first quarter — his first carry — to put the Rams up 14-0. He finished with 93 yards on five carries and two touchdowns. Despite those numbers, Davidson said Wilson’s still has a way to go in the Rams offense.
“He ran one today that he was a half man too tight inside,” Davidson said. “He gets only half reps on offense each day. He’s such a threat everytime he touches the football that we have to get him the ball.”
Rams quarterback Myles Hutchinson wasn’t asked to do much. He ran for 31 yards and completed his only pass of the game, an 8-yarder to Javonis Isaac in the second quarter.
“We’re 100 percent on the season passing,” Davidson said. “Myles didn’t have to make too many decisions, but he can run if we need him to and he showed that tonight.”
Davidson said the defense was out of position at times, but with this being the first game, he was pleased overall.
“We got good pressure, but we were doing some things that we have to clean up. (Northside) has some good athletes on their side. This was a good win.”