CARENCRO — Entering the 2014 season, it appears the Acadiana High School football team got their coach’s message. As the defending Class 5A champion, Ted Davidson wanted this team to form their own identity, and not rest on last year’s laurels. That certainly appeared to be the case in their 30-0 victory over St. Martinville in the second day of the Kiwanis Jamboree at Carencro High School.
Malik Eugene led the Rams attack with 102 yards on six carries and two rushing touchdowns, his last two carries of the night. In between those carries, he added a 70-yard touchdown punt return for good measure.
“Last year is done,” Davidson said. “We need to have a short memory. This is a different team.”
Acadiana struck early on Eric Duhon’s 10 yard touchdown run to go up 6-0, before Brodie Fontenot’s PAT made it 7-0. The Rams followed that drive shortly thereafter with a five-play, 60-yard touchdown drive, which started with a 17 yard pass from Peyton Douchet to Bry’Keithan Mouton. Eugene’s 5- yard touchdown run made it 14-0.
The Rams defense forced a safety on a bad snap to the punter that went out of the end zone at the 1:14 mark of the first half to go up 16-0. Eugene’s 70-yard touchdown scamper on the next play to put the Rams up 23-0.
The only scoring in the second half came on Eugene’s 59-yard run with 3:10 to play.
Despite the win, Davidson said this year’s team is still a work in progress.
“We are still hunting for some spots,” he said. We are looking for some things. This is not a finished product.”
The Tigers were paced by quarterback Jordan Papillion who had 59 yards on 14 carries and was 3 of 4 passing for 13 yards.
In the following game, Carencro defeated Cecilia 21-6.
The Bears jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on a five-play, 70 yard drive, which was capped by Tyriek Campbell’s 11-yard run with 10:05 in the half. The drive was aided by two 15-yard Bulldogs’ personal foul penalties.
Campbell scored his second touchdown on a 26-yard fake punt touchdown run with 18 seconds left in the half to put the Bears up 14-0.
Campbell had another touchdown run in the second half, in which he carried a couple of Cecilia defenders into the end zone. He finished with 99 yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns.
Cecilia’s touchdown came on a 20 yard touchdown pass from Landon Roberts to Kenya Dartez.
Roberts finished 8-of-10 for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Carencro held Cecilia to just 17 rushing yards on 14 attempts.
NORTHSIDE 18, COMEAUX 14: Northside senior quarterback Ethan Rose scampered for a 14-yard go-ahead touchdown to knock off Comeaux late in the Carencro jamboree finale.
Comeaux sophomore quarterback Tanarious Achan connected on a a 62-yard pass to senior wideout Greg Madison to put Comeaux ahead in the second half before Rose led the comeback.