LAFAYETTE — Cecilia High struck first, but defending Class 5A state champion Acadiana roared to life in the second half to get a 27-6 victory Friday night in the Kiwanis Jamboree at Cajun Field.
After starting off slow, Acadiana rolled to 146 rushing yards in the second half, 98 coming on a seven-play march that started when the Rams stuffed the Bulldogs on fourth-and-goal.
“When we execute on offense and run the right plays and don’t get penalties, we can move the football,” Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said.
The Rams were held scoreless in the first half but finally got on the board with 8:50 remaining. They scored again 90 seconds later to increase the lead to 14-6 on Myles Hutchinson’s 8-yard pass to Javonis Issac.
Cecilia responded by driving inside the Rams 5-yard line before sputtering and turning the ball over on downs at the 2.
Acadiana’s then took control of the contest with a seven-play, 98-yard drive that was highlighted by a 40-yard run by Jayrin Wilson and another of 43 by Regrick Francis that gave the Rams a three-touchdown lead.
“They know how to win, and that’s still what we have to learn how to do. We have to learn how to win, and when things go bad to be able to come back from them,” Cecilia coach Terry Martin said.
Cecilia had a few big plays of its own but couldn’t capitalize many of its opportunities. Quarterback Landon Roberts finished the game 4 of 8 for 122 yards and an interception but had spectacular passing plays of 56 and 45 yards.
But those two highlights weren’t enough as Acadiana’s defense stepped up in the second half and sealed the victory with an interception return by linebacker Kevin Moore to provide the final 27-6 score.
NORTHSIDE 12, JENNINGS 6: Jennings made a late charge at Northside, but it was not enough as the Vikings recovered an onside kick with a little less than a minute remaining.
Vikings senior quarterback Markalylon Boyd had a strong overall performance. Boyd’s 27-yard strike to junior receiver Mark Bonnet on fourth-and-long gave Northside an early 6-0 lead.
Bonnet disappeared behind the Bulldogs’ coverage while Boyd evaded pressure, and Boyd put the perfect amount of touch on the pass to drop it over the safety’s head for the score.
Northside added two its lead with a 1-yard run by junior running back Taveon Leary with two minutes left in the second half.
Jennings scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Kendrick LeJeune to Ian Cassidy with 1:02 to go in the contest but couldn’t recover the ensuing onside kick.
LAFAYETTE 18, BREAUX BRIDGE 6: Running back Trevin Kelly scored two of his teams three touchdowns in the Lions’ victory.
Lafayette also had a 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first half by linebacker James Brown.
Breaux Bridge’s lone score came on a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Drake Guidry to wide receiver Jude Boudreaux late in the first half.