CARENCRO – The Carencro Bears established themselves last year as a team more than capable of throwing the football.
But this year, they were determined to develop a running game to go along with it.
The Bears appear to be well on their way to developing that balance as they sort of unleashed running back Tyriek Campbell, who proved to be too much for Cecilia’s defense as Carencro came away with a 21-6 victory over the Bulldogs in the 63rd annual Kiwanis Club of Lafayette Jamboree at Carencro on Friday.
Campbell rushed for 106 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns, one of which came on a 26-yard fake punt in the first half.
“Tyriek is the man,” Bears coach Roland Eveland said. “He’s been the secret weapon. Last year no one knew about him, but we did. He’s a strong guy and he is running a lot better. He’s a missile and he runs it right at people.”
Campbell scored on touchdown runs of 11, 26 and seven, while the Bulldogs’ lone touchdown came late in the second half on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Landon Roberts to Kenya Dartez.
“Cecilia has some talented players and they did a good job,” Eveland said. “They were a great test for us.”
Acadiana 30, SMSH 0
CARENCRO – The Acadiana High Wreckin’ Rams lost their starting quarterback and their top two running backs from last year’s squad.
At least for one night, it didn’t even matter.
The defending Class 5A state champion Rams didn’t appear to miss a beat as they dominated the St. Martinville Tigers to the tune of 30-0 in the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette Jamboree held at Carencro High on Friday.
Offensively, the Rams were close to unstoppable. Defensively, they were dominant and on special teams they were phenomenal.
“We were good on both sides of the ball, but we still have a lot to clean up,” Rams head coach Ted Davidson said. “But that’s what scrimmages and jamborees are for to let you see the things that you need to work on and improve on.”
On the offensive side, running back Malik Eugene was sensational as he rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.
“Malik has been practicing really well,” Davidson said. “When he gets a crease he really hits it. He can go the distance and we saw that a couple of times (Friday). That’s what I expected of him for a couple of years now. He has some good bloodlines and I feel that he really came into this summer and fall camp with a different focus.”
Eugene also had several really good kickoff returns including a 71-yarder that he returned for a touchdown in the first half to give the Rams a 23-0 lead.
“I was really impressed with how well we played on special teams,” Davidson said. “For this early in the year we did a great job of getting the right personnel on and off the field and we did a great job of executing.”
Defensively, the Rams were just as stout although they did have a couple of breakdowns that didn’t sit well with Davidson. The Rams defense held the Tigers to 45 yards of total offense and recorded five sacks on the night.
“In a jamboree we are looking for execution and getting the right personnel on the field on special teams,” Davidson said. “I thought defensively we lost containment a couple of times and that’s things that we will get cleaned up.”