Acadiana one win short of another Superdome trip

Acadiana one win short of another Superdome trip


Acadiana one win short of another Superdome trip


If neither side uncovers a few layers when scouting the opposition, there could be some awfully dangerous misconceptions floating around both fan bases when the No. 15-seeded Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams entertain the No. 3-seeded Zachary Broncos in Friday’s 7 p.m. Class 5A state semifinal at Bill Dotson Stadium.

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For the homestanding Rams, going a little too far back could be an iffy proposition.

For instance, many Acadiana High fans likely remember their Rams beating Zachary in the 2012 playoffs 63-42 and in 2011 by a 75-21 score and then again in 2010 to the tune of 49-7. For the record, that’s a grand total of 187-70 in three playoff wins.

AHS coach Ted Davidson certainly hopes no one gets any false impressions about the 2014 version of the Broncos from those three contests.

“The fans better get that out of their minds in a hurry,” said Davidson, whose Rams have reached the state finals five times since 2005 including three state titles. “This is not the same football team. This team is really good.”

On the other side of the ledger, Zachary fans might do well to look back.

For instance, if Bronco fans spend very much time focusing on the fact that Acadiana’s lost four games this season, struggled to survive in two of their wins and might have set a school record for fumbles in a season, the matchup may look more favorable on paper than it could turn out to be.

“You can just see the difference on film once they changed quarterbacks (starting Kevin Moore at QB in week 10),” Zachary coach David Brewerton said. “He’s done an incredible job. I think it’s even helped the defense. I’m sure the defense was tired of them putting the ball on the ground as well.”

In between those potential misconceptions appears to be a very good matchup between two dangerous football teams.

Last year, Byrd lost to Rummel in the Division I state finals. While Acadiana lost at Rummel 34-9 in week three, Zachary showed it was for sure with a tight 24-21 loss to eventual No. 1-seeded Byrd in the season opener. The Broncos haven’t lost since.

“The quarterback (Lindsey Scott) makes them go,” Davidson said. “He can run or throw. There’s not a lot of designed runs, but he can definitely hurt you with his legs.

“They do a little of both with their passing game. They can threw some of the underneath stuff, but they can hurt you down the field as well. They have some really good receivers.”

While it may sound a touch like playing Barbe, there are some differences. Brewerton, who is in his first season as Zachary’s head coach came from 3A state finalist Livonia, believes in a more power-rushing approach than most spread coaches.

“They run the ball better than Barbe,” Davidson said.

In Brewerton’s mind, the biggest difference between his Broncos and the Zachary teams the Rams trounced in the past is on defense.

“We’re still in year one of progressing, but from what people are telling me, we’re a lot more physical on defense,” he said. “Offensively, there are some differences, but we’re drastically different on defense (from previous schemes).”

While the Broncos have recognized Moore’s impact on the offense, he’s still an inexperienced quarterback. Moore effectively overcame a very aggressive Mandeville defense last week, and Brewerton is hoping he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve in this semifinal round.

“We can take a few things from that game (28-14 Mandeville win last week),” he said. “At times, Mandeville put up quite a challenge against that offense last week. We’re not as big upfront as Mandeville (defensively). We’re faster. The problem is that it’s difficult to utilize your speed when they’re coming right at you.

“We’re hoping to throw some things at him (Moore) that he hasn’t seen yet that hopefully can mess him up as far as his reads.”

On the other side of the ball, Brewerton said his offense better perform.

“We don’t have five monsters to line up against their five monsters, so we’re going to have to stay balanced,” he said. “We have to be able to move the chains a few times. You three-and-out too much against that offense and your defense just gets beat to death.

“We’ve been scoring (a lot of) points and it’ll never be more important to do that than Friday night.”

Davidson, meanwhile, is hoping both his defense and his offense will be helped by playing at home. History says they both will. The Rams are currently riding a 20-game playoff winning streak at Bill Dotson Stadium, having not lost on their home field in the postseason since Ruston beat AHS in the quarterfinals in 1999.

“I do think we’ve played better at home,” Davidson said. “The kids play with a lot of energy at home.”

Zachary at Acadiana

Game: 7 p.m., Friday, Bill Dotson Stadium in Scott.

Records: ZACH 12-1; ACAD 9-4.

TV: None.

Radio: KPEL 1420 AM.

Seeds: ZACH No. 3; ACAD No. 15.

Next: West Monroe-Destrehan winner next Saturday in Superdome.

Player to Watch: ACAD – QB Kevin Moore (33-145, 5 TDs; 12-15-1, 231 yds, 3 TDs); RB Malik Eugene (128-967, 11 TDs); RB Eric Duhon (129-743, 8 TDs); RB Donovan Soloman (71-638, 7 TDs); WR Brandon Duhon (13-213, 1 TD); TE Keithan Mouton (11-259, 4 TDs); ZACH – QB Lindsey Scott (127-215-6, 2137 yds, 23 TDs; 98-876, 15 TDs); RB Terry Sullivan (131-695, 9 TDs); RB Braylon Jones (56-594, 11 TDs); WR Douglas Coleman (48-822, 7 TDs); WR Shyron White (26-399, 4 TDs); WR Maurice Flowers (15-382, 6 TDs), WR Chris Carrier (22-333, 3 TDs).


Sept. 5 Lost BYRD 24-21; 12 beat NORTHWEST 48-0; beat 19 EAST FELICIANA 49-8; 26 beat Scotlandeville 41-7; Oct. 3 beat LIVE OAK 39-21; 10 beat PLAQUEMINE 64-28; 17 beat CENTRAL 22-21; 24 beat WALKER 70-20; 31 beat Denham Springs 28-24; Nov. 7 beat Broadmoor 56-22. Playoffs – 14 beat AIRLINE 53-27; 21 beat Denham Springs 35-10; 28 beat SCOTLANDVILLE 41-26.; Dec. 5 Acadiana.


Sept. 5 Beat Northside 55-6; 13 lost Shades Valley, Ala. 39-21; 20 lost Rummel 34-9; 26 beat LAFAYETTE HIGH 15-12; Oct. 3 lost Barbe 17-14; 10 beat Comeaux 28-0; 17 beat Sulphur 35-20; 24 beat SAM HOUSTON 28-21; 31 lost Carencro 24-17; Nov. 6 beat NEW IBERIA 42-13. Playoffs – 14 beat ST. AMANT 37-0; 21 beat Ponchatoula 38-28; 28 beat Mandeville 28-14; Dec. 5 ZACHARY.


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