SCOTT - Acadiana High coach Ted Davidson was confident in his overall game plan - that is until Barbe High quarterback Kennon Fontenot took the first snap at Bill Dotson Stadium.
Fontenot bewildered the Acadiana secondary, throwing for 388 yards and four touchdowns that helped lead Barbe to a 44-21 victory over the No. 3 Rams in a District 3-5A contest.
Both teams are 4-2 overall. Barbe improved to 2-0 in 3-5A, while AHS dropped to 2-1 in district play.
Barbe coach Mike Cutrera said Fontenot, a sophomore, has some unique abilities.
“(Fontenot) is a special kind of athlete who has the ability to get us out of a lot of bad plays. He can throw and scramble. He’s the kind of player who is used to those pressure situations,” Cutrera said.
While the Bucs were scoring with their passing game, the Barbe defense handled the Rams’ veer offense. Acadiana still finished with 217 rushing yards, but the Rams had trouble controlling the ball with the running game against the Bucs.
Jeff Brown led the Rams with 133 yards on 16 carries.
“Coming in, I thought we had a good plan. But we had trouble with some coverages, especially on the wheel route coming out the backfield and a couple of throws to the long post.
“We never quite got our game going. They stoned us some with their defense and just played well.
“I guess we looked like we were not too well-prepared out there. We had too many mistakes, and that’s something that’s on my shoulders,” Davidson said.
“To stop the veer, it all starts with the defensive front; and our guys did a good job,” Cutrera said.
Courtney Galentine was Barbe’s leading receiver with 201 yards on six receptions.
Barbe took control at halftime with a 27-14 lead and didn’t allow the Rams to score again until quarterback Stryker Trahan threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Austin Waguespack with 28 seconds remaining.
Davidson thought the biggest play of the second half and perhaps the game for his team came in the third quarter. The Rams drove from their 20 to inside the BHS 20-yard line but had a first down called back after a holding call.
On the next play, Trahan fumbled, and Barbe linebacker Austin Guillory recovered at the Bucs’ 31, ending the drive.
“That was a giant play right there. And then later on, we have a (Barbe) punt touch one of our players, they recover and go in for a (fourth-quarter) field goal,” Davidson said.
Barbe passed for 311 yards in the first half while controlling the initial quarter and scoring on both possessions.
Fontenot and Galentine connected on both touchdown drives. One Galentine reception - a 26-yarder - capped a game-opening 80-yard drive that lasted 8 minutes, 55 seconds.
Barbe launched an 88-yard, 11-play drive on the next series to lead 13-0. Fontenot threw a 23-yard pass that Galentine caught at the 1. On the next play, Ryan Nolen scored.
Acadiana’s first touchdown came on Brown’s 58-yard run with 1:08 left in the first.
The Bucs scored on the first play of the second quarter when Fontenot and Galentine hooked up on a 77-yard completion for a 20-7 lead.
Acadiana cut into the lead when defensive back DeEdward Cormier scored on a 30-yard return after intercepting a Fontenot pass.
Barbe ended the first-half scoring on a 51-yard pass from Fontenot to wide receiver Trey Quinn, who caught the throw over two Rams defensive backs.
The Bucs’ two second half touchdowns came on Fontenot’s 46-yard pass to DeSean Smith and a 13-yard run by Quinn.