A dominating combination has helped prevent the Acadiana High School football team from veering off course.
“I consider Ted Davidson to be the best offensive line coach in the state — college or high school,” Carencro head coach Brent Indest said about Davidson, his counterpart at Acadiana. “Their offensive line is phenomenal year in and year out and they have big kids. It’s a nasty combination.”
That combination includes the efforts of Acadiana’s offensive tackles Jacob Falardeau and Travis Venable; guards Seth Leger and Kevin West and center Andre David.
Davidson and the Wreckin’ Rams, ranked No. 8 in Class 5A, will be looking to take a step up the District 3-5A ladder when they visit Carencro (7-0, 4-0) on Friday at Acadiana’s Bill Dotson Stadium.
Carencro (7-0, 4-0) enters the contest ranked third in Class 5A following a 28-14 win over Barbe. Running back Alex Johnson and quarterback Jalen Nixon combined for 232 rushing yards in that victory. Nixon also went 7-of-11 for 179 yards and a touchdown through the air.
“Carencro is big and physical on both lines,” Davidson said. “They are good in a lot of areas. It’s a formidable opponent.”
To continue that success, Indest said the Bears will need to keep one trend going against Acadiana.
“Acadiana has an experienced front seven on defense and they don’t make many mistakes because of that experience,” Indest said. “We have done a pretty good job taking care of the ball on offense. We need to keep doing that and not turn it over.”
Acadiana managed to cement a win over Lafayette last Friday despite seven fumbles (three of which were lost).
“We didn’t play well against Barbe,” Davidson said. “We played better against Lafayette. We were in the right place at the right time against Lafayette. We need to be sharper.”
WCA, Kemp keep rolling
Westminster Christian Academy is heading into a Friday contest against Catholic- Pointe Coupee on a four-game winning streak. The Crusaders are ranked No. 10 in Class 1A and are tied at the top of District 6-1A with Sacred Heart-Ville Platte with 4-0 league records.
Senior quarterback Thomas Kemp helped propel Westminster to the first place tie by running for 226 yards and a couple of touchdowns last Friday in a 34-13 triumph over St. Edmund. Kemp and backup quarterback Luke Judice have teamed up for 559 passing yards and six scores.
“Thomas is a 4.0 (GPA) kid,” Westminster coach Tommy Badon said. “Having a kid that smart ... our offense is fast and upbeat. He does a lot of things quickly. We beat False River with our second-string QB (Judice). It’s a case of our whole team coming together. We are tackling better and running better to the ball (on defense), too.”
When Westminster played up in class and lost early contests to Port Barre (3A) and Loreauville, which is ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, those games had a positive effect.
“Playing a tough schedule is a big part of what is helping us now,” Badon said. “We had a lot of new faces. That level of competition is good.”