SCOTT —When Acadiana High School enters the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday in a quest for back-to-back Class 5A state championships, it’ll be no surprise when the vaunted veer offense runs the ball again and again.
What may surprise some not familiar with this year’s Wreckin’ Rams is the addition of a passing attack. It will still be a heavy dose of running, but the 6-foot-1 Bry’Keithan Mouton will probably see a few passes thrown his way.
“I just go with the flow of the game,” Mouton said. “I don’t really get mad or anything.
“I know they’re going to get me the ball at one time in the game and I just have to do something with it.”
Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said Mouton’s combination of both size and strength is special.
“His size and strength are phenomenal,” Davidson said. “He has such good ball skills to go along with it. He has great hands and he can get in position to catch balls that are not perfectly thrown.”
Mouton has been a welcomed addition to the Acadiana offensive attack in the Rams’ playoff run. Quarterback Kevin Moore took over the starting job in Week 10 against New Iberia and Davidson said Moore’s inexperience passing the ball can be offset by Mouton’s ability catching it.
“Kevin knows if you get the ball to Bry’Keithan, there’s a good chance he’ll catch it,” Davidson said. “Kevin is not afraid to throw it over there where he can get to it.”
Mouton said he and Moore have developed a chemistry in the passing game and said their pre game rituals focus on route running and making things as easy on Moore as possible.
“During practice and before the games, we’re always talking to each other,” Mouton said. “We work on how he can throw the ball to me so I can make him look good.”
In a run-heavy offense, the tight end is a crucial part of the blocking scheme and Davidson said Mouton’s game has always been strong there. Now with the addition of pass catching ability, Davidson said Mouton has become an offensive weapon.
“He’s been a force blocking,” Davidson said. “When we can get our offense clicking, it makes it so much easier for us to have opportunities to get him the ball. We know when he gets the ball in space, he is a force to be reckoned with.”
Mouton said the obvious goal for the Rams was to get back to the state finals — a goal that seemed unlikely midway in the season when the Rams lost three of four games. Mouton said a newly found confidence in the offense — especially at quarterback — is a big reason the Rams are in the finals.
“During spring we had a mind set that our senior team we have this year could make it back to the Dome,” Mouton said. “We just went through some bumps and bruises, but we stayed with the same mindset we had throughout the year. We made a good quarterback change and now everything is going as planned.”