It has been 17 years since a school won three consecutive state championships at Louisiana’s highest level of football competition.
Acadiana would like to join West Monroe in such distinct company.
Acadiana began its pursuit of a three-peat when the Wrecking Rams (7-2) received a No. 11 seed Sunday and will host No. 22 Central Lafourche (6-4) on Friday in the first round of the Class 5A nonselect playoffs.
A year ago, the Rams were a No. 15 seed that navigated a path through St. Amant (37-0), Ponchatoula (38-28), Mandeville (28-14) and Zachary (9-3) to reach the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where they defeated Destrehan 23-7.
Evangel Christian was the last team to position itself for a third straight title in Class 5A, but it was turned away by Hahnville 41-35 in 2003.
Acadiana’s riding a six-game winning streak, including a 43-0 victory Friday over New Iberia.
“We were real pleased with how we approached the last game,” coach Ted Davidson said. “We came out and jumped on them and seemed to be really focused. Hopefully we can continue to do that and keep the momentum going into the playoffs.”
Acadiana was one of 23 nonselect teams to qualify for postseason play from the Acadiana area, which boasts No. 2 Crowley (10-0) in Class 4A and No. 2 Eunice (9-1) and No. 3 Cecilia (9-1) in Class 3A.
Sunday’s unveiling of the brackets brought about a pair of all-area matchups, with Crowley hosting No. 31 Abbeville (4-6), while No. 28 North Vermilion (4-6) travels to No. 5 Church Point (7-3) in Class 3A.
First-year program Centerville (3-7) will take part in its first postseason: The No. 21 Bulldogs drew No. 12 LaSalle (6-4).
Another storyline: the matchup of No. 32 Beau Chene (5-5) visiting No. 1 Neville (9-0) in a contrast of programs. The Gators hadn’t made the playoffs since 2007 and must travel to Monroe to meet the Tigers, the reigning Class 4A state champion and owners of 11 state titles.
“I was looking at places and talking to a couple of coaches, and one of them told me I was the only guy in the state that wanted to play Neville,” Beau Chene coach Josh Guidry said. “If you’re going to go somewhere, let’s go where you’re going to get something out of it and use it as a learning tool.”
Beau Chene started 4-1 until the difficult District 4-4A season got underway: The league featured tri-champions in St. Thomas More, Teurlings and Carencro. The Gators finished the regular season with a 31-0 loss to Carencro.
“It’s not like we haven’t seen competition this year,” Guidry said. “We’ll go out and give it our best. It’s good for these young kids. We’re only losing five seniors, so I get pretty much everyone back next year, and it’s good to build off and you get an extra week of practice.”