Repeat’s within reach as Acadiana clashes with Destrehan for Class 5A state title _lowres

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Acadiana High running back Malik Eugene (24) breaks the tackle of a Lafayette High defender during their game at Bill Dotson Stadium in Scott, La., Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Photo by

“Editor’s note: This story was changed on Oct. 23 , 2014 to correct the name of Acadiana’s quarterback to Myles Hutchinson.

Acadiana High’s formula for years now hasn’t changed and teams still can’t seem to figure it out.

Last week against Sulphur, Acadiana got two rushing touchdowns from Malik Eugene and another from Eric Duhon in the first quarter. The Rams rushing attack netted 353 yards in a 35-20 win over Sulphur. Running is what they do.

This week, Acadiana will more than likely feature a lot of the same with Eugene and Duhon leading the run game against Sam Houston. Sam Houston comes in with a 5-2 record, but also comes off a big home loss to Carencro last week.

Since Acadiana’s early-season woes, when they lost three of four and pulled out a win against Lafayette High, the Rams have looked solid with two convincing wins over Comeaux and Sulphur. Quarterback Myles Hutchinson is settling in to his role under center and riding his running backs to another potential run at a state championship.

St. Thomas More found itself up 43-17 in the third quarter against Teurlings with the game seemingly wrapped up. Instead, the Cougars lost 56-46 in one of the most crushing defeats in coach Jim Hightower’s career.

It may be hard for the Cougars to put that one behind them as quickly as they need to, but the Northside Vikings aren’t playing well lately. Northside comes in against STM, winners of three of their last four, including a 42-0 rout of Opelousas last week.

Despite the loss to Teurlings, STM’s offensive “killer Bs” of Will Bellamy, Tiger Beche and Trevor Begue will still present a load of problems for the Northside defense. If the Cougars defense can contain Vikings quarterback Ethan Rose, it should give the offensive weapons plenty of opportunities to get the Cougars back winning.

Catholic High of New Iberia hasn’t really been a surprise team at 7-0 this season. In fact, led by senior quarterback Jason Pellerin, the Panthers are right on track to where most prognosticators had them: contending for a state championship.

Pellerin has lived up to the hype of his senior season, becoming the area’s premier dual-threat quarterback. The Panthers have a tough test Friday as they travel to Opelousas Catholic to take on the Vikings.

OCS quarterback David Labbe has emerged in the last few weeks and has become a dangerous threat throwing the ball.

The OCS defense has also found a knack for the end zone — the Vikings have three defensive touchdowns on the season.

Pellerin has an arsenal of weapons in the Panthers offense at his disposal led by André Bellefontaine and Seth Pierre. Labbe and tight end Brett Mills have great chemistry in the Vikings passing game. The team that wins the game will be the one to exploit the defensive opposition’s defensive weaknesses.