SCOTT - Two weeks makes a big difference in the Acadiana High quest for a District 3-5A championship.
The Rams continued to rebound in a major way from an Oct. 14 loss to Barbe, as No. 8 Acadiana limited high-scoring and third-ranked Carencro to 111 rushing yards in a 32-14 district victory at Bill Dotson Stadium.
Acadiana improved to 6-2 and 4-1 in 3-5A, while the loss was the first for Carencro in eight games, The Bears dropped to 4-1 in league games.
The Rams trailed 7-3 at halftime, but in the second quarter, AHS exploded for four touchdowns and 168 rushing yards as they outscored CHS 26-7.
AHS coach Ted Davidson said he emphasized to his team during meetings this week that the Rams had a chance to accomplish something unique against Carencro.
“We talked about being special and apparently our players really bought into it. You saw a huge difference tonight than two weeks ago (against Barbe),” Davidson said.
That was especially true defensively as the Rams held Carencro running back Alex Johnson to 97 yards rushing.
Johnson entered the game placed among the state’s top rushing leaders with 1,488 yards.
The Rams ran for 217, with running back Jeff Brown gaining 96 on 22 carries and Keith Sonnier getting 65 on 11 attempts.
“I thought defensively we really stepped up big. It was just a tremendous effort by our guys on that side of the ball to stop some real good offensive weapons,” Davidson said.
Acadiana began to turn the momentum early in the third quarter when the Rams scored a pair of touchdowns during a 2:48 span.
The Rams scored on their first second-half possession when running back Shane Francis broke a 56-yard touchdown run, as he carried an Acadiana defensive back with him into the end zone (9:57).
Then on the following Carencro series, Rams’ defensive back DeEdward Cormier returned a Jalen Nixon pass 52 yards for another TD, making it 17-7 after a Jean Breaux extra point.
AHS quarterback Stryker Trahan scored the first of his two fourth-quarter touchdown runs with 7:06 remaining when he ran three yards into the corner of the end zone.
Trahan scored again on a similar play with 1:11 left when he ran 18 yards. Trahan then added a two-point conversion to complete the Rams’ scoring.
Carencro coach Brent Indest said it was the second straight week that his offensive line had problems blocking.
“Our offensive line got knocked around (against Barbe) and our backs also didn’t block that well tonight. You have to give all the credit to Acadiana tonight,” he said.
“I talked about this all week, that Acadiana has played about umpteen times in big games like this one and it was obvious that they knew what to do when they had to come out and play.”
Davidson said the Rams began to use two tight ends in their offensive formation in the second half, something he felt helped open Acadiana’s outside veer.
“It sort of balanced things out for us, where we were able to cut back at them and find some space with our running game,” he said.
The Bears scored the game’s first touchdown in the first quarter and again with 4:13 left when Johnson scored on a 10-yard run.
Carencro used a Dillon Calais interception at the AHS 48 to set up the TD.
Johnson did most of the running on that drive and then scored on a 3-yard run with 2:07 left.