SCOTT — There would be no Week 1 jitters, kinks or rust for the Wreckin’ Rams of Acadiana High.
Coach Ted Davidson’s squad was coldly efficient in a clinical 55-6 rout of parish rival Northside on Thursday night at Bill Dotson Memorial Stadium.
The Rams scored touchdowns on eight of their 10 possessions and forced five Viking turnovers in the nearly flawless victory. Acadiana’s vaunted veer chewed through the Northside defense for 452 total yards, including 404 rushing.
“We had a few question marks coming in about how physically tough our running backs would be,” said Davidson. “But they showed me tonight that they can bang inside, and that’s a plus.”
Four Rams running backs scored, with senior Edward Cormier leading the way with two scores. Malik Eugene, younger brother of LSU defensive back Micah Eugene, also scored and set up his teammates’ scores with several dazzling runs.
Cormier’s brother, senior quarterback De’Edward Cormier, picked up where he left off last season by throwing two touchdowns passes and adding a third on a 12-yard bootleg.
Northside showed at times it could compete with the Rams, but several costly miscues quickly became an avalanche from which the young Vikings could not recover.
The tipping point was an encroachment penalty that turned an Acadiana punting situation into a 45-yard Donovan Solomon run, which led to the Rams extending their lead to 21-6 early in the second quarter.
“That was huge,” Northside coach Trev Faulk said . “We jump offsides and give them the score.”
Quarterback Ethan Rose accounted for the Vikings score on a 4-yard run.
The Ram defense capitalized on Rose’s inexperience, Malik George’s constant pressure resulted in two Acadiana interceptions and one fumble recovery.
“The bottom line is that their drives turned into points and ours didn’t,” Faulk said.