SCOTT — The Carencro High School football team came out on top of a wild back-and-forth contest when it rallied to defeat Acadiana 24-21 Friday night.
The Bears took advantage of a number of fourth-quarter mistakes made by the Rams to defeat the reigning Class 5A state champions on the road.
“Our defense played well,” Carencro coach Rip Eveland said. “They are tough to defend. They broke a couple of big plays on us, but we did a good job of slowing them down.”
Acadiana jumped out to an early lead when, despite facing two fourth downs and committing a 15-yard personal foul penalty inside the Carencro 5-yard line, quarterback Myles Hutchinson hit wide receiver Logan Bourque for a 21-yard TD pass on fourth-and-goal.
The Rams extended their lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter with another long, methodical touchdown drive, but Carencro battled back with two touchdowns of its own in the second quarter to tie the score at 14 before halftime.
After halftime, Acadiana regained the lead with a 66-yard touchdown run by Rams running back Jayrin Wilson.
But a tumultuous fourth quarter began for the Rams when, facing fourth-and-2 what looked like a 48-yard touchdown run was called back with a late false-start penalty call. After committing an illegal substitution that pushed them back another 5 yards, the snap on the punt attempt went over Acadiana punter Tate Thibodeaux’s head and he proceeded to kick it out of the back of the end zone for a safety that cut the Rams’ lead to 21-16.
Acadiana managed to turn Carencro over on downs on the ensuing drive, but after going three-and-out, Thibodeaux’s punt was blocked and went just 4 yards.
Carencro senior running back Tyreik Campbell proceeded to run the ball in from 19 yards out on the next play, giving the Bears a 24-21 lead.
The Rams had their final chance to win the game when they received the ball on their own 5-yard line with less than four minutes remaining, but Carencro’s defense stood strong, forcing a turnover on downs with 1:32 remaining before lining up in the victory formation to end the game.
“If you make too many mistakes in the kicking game and drop touchdown passes, you’re not going to win,” Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said. “That’s what happened to us ... two bad punt snaps, and it ended up being the ball game.”
With three early wins under his team’s belt, Eveland said he’s proud of what the Bears has accomplished early in the season, but conceded they still had plenty of work to do, and that this was only the beginning of obstacles they must overcome.
“(These games) are just going to get harder,” Eveland said. “We have homecoming next week, and they’ll have all kinds of crazy distractions, and that will be a problem in itself. But I hope they’re maturing. That’s the most important thing.”