SCOTT — Wherever there was football to be played, the Cormier brothers have always been part of the same team.
In recreation leagues, middle school and now in the Acadiana High backfield, Rams’ quarterback D’Edward Cormier and brother Edward Cormier, a running back with more than 1,200 yards, were never seen on opposite sidelines.
Now the two seniors are together in the backfield for a second straight year and perhaps a final time, as they try to help bring AHS a third football champion in the past six years.
“Yeah, it’s pretty special all right, getting to play for a championship on the same team with your brother,” said D’Edward Cormier this week after the No. 1 Rams (13-1) finished a frigid practice in preparation for Saturday’s 8: 30 p.m. encounter with second-seeded Parkway (13-0) at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
Edward Cormier said lining up with his brother in the backfield might seen unique, but it’s really something they have done all along.
“It’s a pretty big deal, I guess. I mean we’ve been together all these years and all, but really we are kind of used to it by now,“ Edward Cormier said.
D’Edward Cormier, a former AHS defensive back who became the Rams’ quarterback starter last season, said it’s usually been an amiable relationship, playing in the backfield with his sibling.
“For the past two years, it’s been fun, and it helps me run the offense having (Edward) in back of me. We know how each other plays and what to expect from each other.
“If there’s a pass play, he knows how to get open, and I know what he’s going to do, how he’s running and when to look for him. It’s been that way everywhere we have played,” D’Edward Cormier said.
The Cormier backfield tandem began as far back as kindergarten age when the two initiated their involvement with football, D’Edward Cormier said. “Since the flag football days when we were five, we were always on the same side,” he said.
There have, however, been moments on the field where the two haven’t always agreed, D’Edward Cormier said.
“Sometimes there were times when things didn’t go that well for us. Maybe it got to be something where one of us might have wanted the ball more, but usually it’s a case where I’ve wound up giving him the ball. Whatever happened, it didn’t last very long,” D’Edward Cormier said.
The Cormier brothers are key part of the Rams’ Veer, an offensive scheme that has become a tradition since the days when former AHS head coach Bill Dotson brought the concept to Acadiana from what was then Northeast Louisiana (now UL-Monroe) during the 1970s.
While the focus has usually been on the yardage gained by the Veer’s offensive backs, Edward Cormier said that’s a misconception.
“Really the big thing is the linemen. The linemen know how to block for it, and it’s something that not every team can deal with.
“All the backs have to do is get there (to the line of scrimmage), look for the opening, and do what we have to do. I just see the hole and hit it wide open,” Edward Cormier said.
Edward Cormier said the mistake some Veer teams make is trying to score on every play.
“Our way of running it (the Veer) is a way of getting those three and four yards every play. Then after you do that, sometimes you break the big one and you’re on your way,” he said.
D’Edward Cormier said he was content playing in the Rams’ defensive backfield until last season when he was approached by coach Ted Davidson about becoming the quarterback.
“We had a quarterback (Stryker Trahan) that moved on and graduated, and coach came to me and wanted me to play quarterback. I didn’t want to do it, but I had to in order for the team to win.
“I preferred playing DB. I played there since the recreation park times. And when I’ve played, it’s always been on defense,” D’Edward Cormier said.
Davidson said D’Edward Cormier was the logical choice to play quarterback after Trahan signed a professional baseball contract after graduating and being picked in the draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“D’Edward is a good athlete, and he played quarterback when he was in (Scott) middle school. He played both ways in middle school, and I think it’s been a pretty easy transition for him (to quarterback).”
Deciphering the intricacies of the Veer was not very difficult, D’Edward Cormier said.
“The Veer is a real easy offense to learn. I did it at Scott Middle, and there wasn’t much to learn about when I got here,“ D’Edward Cormier said.
Davidson said Edward Cormier has developed into one of the long line of backs who have flourished in the Veer.
“In the Veer it’s a matter of creating blocking schemes according to personnel, and Edward has really developed into a good back.
“He is a real quick back who has that great vision, which allows him to get north and south real quick,” Davidson said.
D’Edward Cormier said he isn’t sure why he and his brothers have names that seem nearly identical.
“That’s what everyone asks us, about the name. I’m not sure about it. I asked my mother why we’re named like that, and she said it was just a name that she came up with,” D’Edward Cormier said.