SCOTT — Lafayette High came within one play of putting up a defensive gem and remaining undefeated here Friday night.
But that one fourth-quarter play was enough for the Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams to maintain their dominance in this rivalry.
Donovan Soloman sprinted 80 yards on a hook-and-lateral with 2:13 remaining, bringing the Rams from behind and giving the hosts a pulsating 15-12 win over the Mighty Lions in the District 3-5A opener for both teams.
“I feel like we stole one,” said Acadiana coach Ted Davidson, whose team snapped a rare two-game losing streak. “It was one of those plays we work on in pass skeleton. We’d scored on it against Neville a few years ago.”
The play put a damper on a stellar defensive effort staged by the Lions, who lost for the first time after three season-opening wins.
LHS had limited Acadiana’s vaunted veer attack to two lengthy drives in the game while coming up with five fumble recoveries — four of them fumble recoveries on four straight second-half Acadiana possessions.
But the Lions (3-1, 0-1) only converted two Steven Artigue field goals of 19 and 27 yards on those four fumble recoveries despite having possession inside the Ram 10 on the last three.
NOTRE DAME 34, ST. LOUIS 3: In Crowley, Lance Bertrand scored on runs of 2 and 33 yards and Brad Stoma threw a 63-yard scoring pass to Boedy Borill as sixth-ranked Notre Dame (3-1) took the non-district win.
Daniel Comeaux added a 27-yard TD run and Dillan Gilbert had a 15-yard run as the Pioneers dominated play from the start of the game.
Thomas O’Dowd kicked a 55-yard field goal for the only score for St. Louis (1-3).
CATHOLIC-NEW IBERIA 48, E.D. WHITE 14: In Thibodaux, Jason Pellerin ran for four scores as Catholic-New Iberia, the second-ranked team in the latest Class 2A poll, took the nondistrict win.
UNIVERSITY 34, BRUSLY 7: With Jalon Baker and Nick Brossette providing most of the offensive spark, University High opened District 7-3A play with a convincing win over Brusly.
U-High (4-0, 1-0) got a back-breaking touchdown on the final play of the first half and led 27-0 at the break.
After that, the Cubs let their defense take center stage as it kept Brusly (1-3, 0-1) off the scoreboard until midway through the fourth quarter.