There are many performances that can be pointed to that were crucial in Acadiana’s 23-7 Class 5A state championship victory over Destrehan on Saturday.
Bry’kiethon Mouton’s 77 yards receiving and a touchdown earned him Outstanding Player honors. Quarterback Kevin Moore passed for 121 yards, but also doubles as the Rams middle linebacker and held Destrehan running back Will Matthews in check all night.
The Rams’ veer attack should also be mentioned, averaging four yards per carry and scoring a touchdown behind running backs Eric Duhon, Malik Eugene and Donavin Soloman.
The one name that might not be getting the accolades he justly earned is kicker/punter Brodie Fontenot. Fontenot not only came up big, nailing three clutch field goals, but he average 35.3 yards per punt and continuously flipped the field position in the Rams’ favor.
“He had a tremendous ball game tonight,” Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said. “It’s great to kick (the kickoffs) in the end zone and, of course, three field goals all down the middle was big.”
Fontenot relished the big stage, saying when his number was called, his only thought was to go in and do his job.
“As a kicker, when you’re needed, you just have to go in and do it,” Fontenot said. “It’s a kicker’s dream to make those kicks. When you’re needed, you can’t really pick and choose the situation you are put in.”
Some of Fontenot’s punts were too good, Davidson said. In the second quarter, Fontenot got every bit of a punt that went 48 yards but allowed Destrehan to return it 30 yards into Rams territory.
“Sometimes you can out-punt your coverage,” Davidson said “He did that one time. He really boomed it out there.”
The second half is where Fontenot proved his worth for the Rams. Acadiana continuously drove deep into Destrehan territory, but couldn’t quite punch it into the end zone. Fontenot was called on to make kicks of 31, 24 and 22 yards, all right down the middle.
The 22-yarder in the fourth quarter put the Rams up 23-7. Davidson said having a weapon at kicker when the red zone offense is struggling is invaluable.
“We scored on two or three consecutive possessions with field goals,” Davidson said. “We had opportunities to put it in the zone, but we knew the last one would make it a three score game, so it wasn’t that bad going for the field goal.”
Fontenot said he wasn’t bothered at all by any perceived pressure the state final stage may have held. For him, it was just another football game.
“I block out the crowd and don’t get too caught up in that stuff,” Fontenot said. “As much as I can, I just keep it on the field goal.”