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Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP Acadiana running back Malik Eugene has rushed 141 times for 1,095 yards, an average of 7.7 a carry.

Acadiana coach Ted Davidson described the senior season of running back Malik Eugene as up and down because of ball security issues.

Given his most recent performance, it’s safe to assume Eugene, a Tulane commitment, is on the upswing going into the No. 15 Wrecking Rams’ Class 5A nonselect state semifinal against No. 3 Zachary at 7 p.m. Friday at Bill Dotson Stadium.

There’s no denying the ability — primarily the explosive speed — Eugene provides to Acadiana’s option-based veer offense that has been the hallmark of the program’s three state championships since 2006.

With Acadiana locked in a tense battle with No. 10 Mandeville last week — a game that was scoreless after the first quarter — it was Eugene that provided his team with a huge lift two plays into the second quarter.

Acadiana took a 7-0 lead on Eugene’s 54-yard scoring burst, which it added to by halftime for a 14-0 advantage and never trailed in the game.

Eugene, who carried 10 times for 126 yards in the 28-14 quarterfinal victory, leads Acadiana with 141 carries for 1,095 yards and 13 TDs.

The Rams have also called on Eugene, a projected cornerback in college, to play either nickel back or outside linebacker when they’ve encountered spread offenses the past few weeks, a move that resulted in an interception for Eugene last week.

William Weathers