At one time, defending Class 5A state champion Acadiana was 2-3 after losing two out of three games, but the 8-4 Rams are playing Mandeville in a quarterfinal playoff game.

The “playoff time, our time” mantra has been a staple in Acadiana circles since 2005. Since that time, the Rams have three state championships, including last year’s record-breaking trip to the dome.

This season seems to embody that mantra more than others for Acadiana.

The Rams didn’t have one of their typical dominant seasons, but in the playoffs, they’ve risen to the occasion twice with wins over St. Amant (37-0) and previously undefeated Ponchatoula (38-28).

Acadiana has struggled to find consistency at the quarterback, but has really improved since moving linebacker Kevin Moore under center. The Rams have been relying heavily on the running game behind Malik Eugene and Eric Duhon.

One of Mandeville’s top players is Parker Orgeron, an all-around athlete who rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-21 victory over Barbe last Friday.