SCOTT — With 1:37 remaining on the clock, Acadiana found itself with its back against the wall in a tie ball game and Sam Houston driving deep into Rams territory.
“At that point, we’re just calling timeouts and trying to save a little time,” Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said. “Then — it happens.”
Sam Houston quarterback Dustin Duhon took the snap and rolled right. The Rams defense converged on Duhon, but before he was hit, he dropped the football. Acadiana linebacker Kevin Moore scooped it up and went 87 yards for the game-winning touchdown, as the Rams escaped with a 28-21 win.
“Our defense never gives up,” Moore said. “We just wanted to stay in the game and didn’t give up.”
The Rams opened up with a 12-play, 78-yard drive that ended with an Eric Duhon 1-yard touchdown.
Davidson said it seemed the Rams would control the game, but the offense struggled to put up points for the rest of the game.
“We dominated that first series,” Davidson said. “We looked like we were going to roll, then we struggled the entire rest of the game.”
The Rams turnover struggles continued to haunt them as they had two lost fumbles and an interception, which proved to be momentum killers. Davidson gave Sam Houston credit for creating the turnovers.
The score remained 7-0 at halftime.
Sam Houston continued to sustain offensive drives and Duhon eventually scored on a 1-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.
With the score 21-13 in the fourth, Duhon again drove the Broncos down for the game-tying score, a Trevantai Thompson 28-yard touchdown.
Duhon tied with a 2-point conversion pass to Jacob Strancer.
Sam Houston coach Vaughn Eggleston was emotional after the game and said he didn’t have much to tell his senior quarterback. He said the Broncos’ goal is to make the playoffs and he said he feels like Friday’s atmosphere was something his team can gain valuable experience from.
“We were trying to tick the click and it was just a fluke play,” Eggleston said. “I told (Duhon) I loved him and that his mistake was just one of about 10 that were crucial in that game.”
For Acadiana, the push to defend its Class 5A state championship doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Carencro next week. Davidson said he knows sneaking out Friday with a win was important.
“We are still tied for the district lead and we have to go to Carencro on Halloween,” he said.
“That is kind of spooky in itself.”