LAKE CHARLES — The question wasn’t whether Acadiana High would be able to effectively move the football against Barbe, it was could they make enough stops on defense against the Buccaneers’ high-powered offense to give the Wreckin’ Rams a chance at a huge road victory.
Although their defense held their own despite allowing almost 500 yards of total offense, the Wreckin’ Rams couldn’t come up with one last stop in the final seconds as the Buccaneers drilled a 25-yard field goal as time expired to claim a 31-28 victory Friday.
Neither team could were able to put points on the board after Acadiana tied the game 28-28 10:17 remaining in the fourth quarter on a five-yard touchdown run by Cardaye Spencer.
But in the final four minutes of the game, the Bucs put together one of their most impressive drives of the night as they marched 64 yards to set up the game-winning field goal by Jamie McGee.
“It felt great, it is a memory I will have for the rest of my life,” McGee said after the game. “I put the missed (field goal) behind me, it didn’t bother me. I wanted a chance to kick at the end; a game-winner is always good to have.”
With the victory, the state’s No. 4-ranked Bucs improved to 5-1 overall and remained unbeaten at 2-0 in District 3-5A, while the state’s No. 3-ranked Rams fell to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in district.
“We knew they could move the ball and we did not want to leave any time on the clock if they did score,” Bucs head coach Mike Cutrera. “We just moved it down and felt that our field goal was our best bet.”
The Rams did the best they could against Bucs quarterback Kennon Fontenot, who completed 24-of-38 passes for 417 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 54 yards and another score on seven carries.
Fontenot’s favorite targets also turned in stellar performances in the win as receiver Trey Quinn caught eight passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns, while tight end Desean Smith hauled in nine passes for 178 yards.
“They are good athletes and football players,” Rams head coach Ted Davidson said of Quinn and Smith. “The triggerman that gets it to them is pretty good also. I knew that Fontenot’s feet would be a problem. He hurt us throwing the ball, obviously, but I was afraid he would hurt us running the ball and he made the big play towards the end. The made the big play and we did not get a chance to answer.”
Offensively, the Rams enjoyed similar success as Spencer rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and Shane Francis recorded 93 yards on 19 carries.
While the running game was its usual successful self, it was the passing game that kept the Rams in the game as quarterback DeEdward Cormier completed 9-of-12 passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target on the night was star tight end Keithan Mouton, who caught five passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns.
“We expect big things out of him,” Davidson said of Mouton. “It was a tough game to lose. The last three times we have come here, it has come down to the end. We have had pretty good battles with them.”