Two-time defending Class 5A state champion Acadiana carried more than a two-game losing streak into its District 3-5A opener at Barbe.
Thoughts of a late collapse in the fourth quarter that contributed to a 24-21 loss to Carencro were also still present.
“I told them when you have a bad taste in your mouth,” Acadiana football coach Ted Davidson said, “you need to find something the next week that tastes good.”
Acadiana found just the antiseptic.
The Rams put together a memorable drive that lasted 20 plays, covered 10 minutes, 17 seconds and culminated with quarterback Myles Hutchinson’s 11-yard TD pass to Braylin Trahan on third down with 6 seconds to play.
Acadiana, which trailed 27-14 late in the second quarter, not only snapped a rare two-game skid with its 41-35 victory but the Rams (2-2, 1-0) get the opportunity to host Sulphur (3-1, 1-0) in an early 3-5A showdown at 7 p.m. Friday.
“It gives us a little pep,” Davidson said. “We had a pretty bad taste in our mouths after the Carencro game. We felt it was a game that we could have won and kind of fell apart in the end.”
Other top games in the Acadiana area Friday include Breaux Bridge (2-2) visiting Carencro (3-1), Hahnville (2-2) traveling to St. Thomas More (3-1) and Teurlings Catholic (3-1) hosting Catholic-Baton Rouge (2-2).
Acadiana controlled the ball with its veer rushing attack, allowing Barbe to run only 14 plays in the second half.
Running back Jayrin Wilson exploded for a career-high 29 carries for 264 yards and 2 TDs, while Ziggy Francis added 128 yards on 16 attempts.
Moreover, all four of Hutchinson’s completions went for touchdowns, including a key 58-yard strike to Trahan right before halftime to reduce Barbe’s lead to 27-21.
“It wasn’t a perfect game by any means,” Davidson said. “We fought hard until the end and were able to pull it out.”
The next challenger for Class 2A’s No. 2 Notre Dame (4-0, 1-0) will be Loreauville (4-0, 1-0), which hosts the Pioneers on Friday in District 5-2A encounter.
The Tigers handled Delcambre 38-14 on Thursday, while the Pios cruised 40-7 over Opelousas Catholic.
“It’s going to be a great challenge for us, but hopefully our kids are up to it,” said Loreauville coach Trent Delahoussaye, now 70-28 in his eighth season. “We know we’re going to have a great atmosphere. It should be a great night for high school football.”
Quarterback Jared Henry completed 6 of 9 passes for 111 yards and three TDs, sparking Loreauville’s 30-0 halftime advantage. Brennon Williams rushed for 126 yards and two TDs.
Notre Dame’s defense smothered Opelousas Catholic, limiting the Vikings to 52 yards. The Pios also returned a blocked punt and interception for scores, while QB Joe Faulk was 7-of-10 for 107 yards and a score.
Patterson (2-2) won in dramatic fashion 42-41 two weeks ago over Catholic-New Iberia and concluded its nondistrict schedule Friday with a 56-14 win over Ellender, led by Nehemiah Augustus’ punt return for a TD, 2-point conversion run and interception.
The Lumberjacks take their new-found momentum into the start of District 8-3A, hosting Kaplan (2-2, 0-1) which lost to E.D. White at home 20-16 in its league opener.
Erath (2-2, 1-0) travels to Berwick (2-2, 1-0) in a matchup of 8-3A co-leaders.
“We know we’re in a tough district,” Patterson coach Chad Blanchard said. “As long as we keep working hard and trying to get better, we’re going to give ourselves a chance to be successful if we keep improving.”
Kaplan duo injured
Kaplan lost starting quarterback Jade Herpin and wingback Grant Frick to injuries during Friday’s 20-16 loss to E.D. White.
Kaplan coach Stephen Lotief said Herpin, who was knocked out of the game by a hard hit in the second quarter, will miss 2-4 weeks, while Frick is expected to be out longer with an injured collarbone suffered in the third quarter.