SHREVEPORT — Acadiana High School had no answers for Shades Valley quarterback Rashad Louie on Saturday night at the Battle on the Border in Independence Stadium.
Louie accounted for five touchdowns and 416 total offense yards as the No. 3-ranked Alabama team used its speed and rolled to a 39-21 victory over the Wreckin’ Rams.
Shades Valley, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, improved to 4-0 on the young season while Acadiana, ranked No. 1 in the latest LSWA Class 5A poll, dropped to 1-1.
Louie, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, dazzled the crowd by rushing for 189 yards on 13 carries. He completed 20 of 35 passes out of the spread offense for another 225 yards through the air.
“(Louie) was really special,” Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said. “But so was (Keith) Mixon. Those guys made a lot of good plays.”
Mixon rushed for 68 yards from his running back spot and caught seven passes out of the backfield for another 101 yards.
Acadiana, defending 5A state champions, didn’t go quietly. Malik Eugene broke two long touchdown runs and led the Rams with 132 yards rushing. He was definitely the bright spot for Davidson.
“Our center got hurt, so we had a lot of problems with the exchange (to the quarterback),” Davidson said. “We just didn’t play well against a good team. We have some things to fix and we will get better.”
Things looked good early for the Rams when they marched 84 yards on just seven plays. The big play of the drive was a 64 yard swing pass to Eugene down to the Mounties 20. Three plays later, Eric Duhon gave Acadiana a 6-0 lead with a 13-run burst up the middle.
Unfortunately, Louie sprinted 80 yards on a draw play on Shades Valley’s next possession and it was 7-7.
The first of Eugene’s TD sprints on the next to last play of the first quarter. Eugene went over a hole on the left side for 40 yards to give Acadiana a 14-7 advantage after one quarter.
But Louie knotted the score again on an 8-yard pass to Anthony Conwell to make it 14-14.
Shades Valley took the lead for good with 7:57 left in the second quarter. Louie tossed 10 yards to Josh McKenzie to put the Mounties ahead 20-14, but Tyler Anthony missed the first of three extra points to give the Rams hope.
Louie then drove the Mounties 70 yards on nine plays for a 26-14 halftime lead. The payoff throw was a 34-yarder to Mixon.
Eugene’s longest run of the night came on the eighth play of the second half when he bounced off a defender at the line of scrimmage. The 73-yard TD cut the deficit to 26-21.
Louie, who kept Acadiana’s defense off balance all night by scrambling and throwing, moved the Mounties 80 yards on 10 plays after Eugene’s touchdown. Mixon went the final 2 yards and Shades Valley had a 33-21 cushion with 6:29 remaining in the third quarter.
The Mounties closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter as Louie kept it himself from 8 yards out.
“(Louie) didn’t have a scholarship offer coming into the game,” Shades Valley Coach Bill Smith said. “But that kid can play quarterback. And, if you had told me before the game that we would hold that team to 21 points after I watched film on them last Sunday, I would have told you we would be playing in a monsoon.”
Davidson added about the Rams, “We just let their quarterback loose too much tonight. We didn’t contain him.”