If you’re a fan of today’s pass-happy style of offense, the Destrehan vs. Acadiana 5A semi-final game might not have been your cup of tea. But if you love old school ground and pound football, it was a masterclass on display.
There was only one pass completion in the entire game – an 11 yard quick out by Destrehan in the second quarter. At least in the first half, both teams were able to do what’s been effective for them all season – play tough defense and run, run, run the ball.
While this approach may have worked for Destrehan in the first half, the #1 seed Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams executed it to perfection in the second half to defeat the #5 Wildcats 23-0.
A Game of Two Halves
Based on the first half, it seemed the game would end up similar to last year’s 8-3 final score in the 5A championship game. The only points scored came from a short field goal by the Rams to lead 3-0 at halftime.
Then came the second half.
It was all Acadiana with their suffocating defense and relentless rushing attack. They simply wore out the Destrehan defense, milked the clock and never let the Wildcats offense get in sync.
Acadiana finished with 337 total yards of offense, all of it coming on the ground. Tyvin Zeno, Omiri Wiggins and Keven Williams each scored a touchdown. Zeno led the team with 112 yards rushing on 20 carries. The Rams defense allowed the Wildcats no first downs in the second half, and cornerback Drai Anthony made a big impact in the game with two interceptions.
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Destrehan had their opportunities, including a long 2nd quarter run by Razan Keller that would have put the ball at the Rams one-yard line. However, a holding penalty nullified the play and the Wildcats could never get back into any offensive rhythm. Destrehan finished with only 70 yards of total offense.
What’s Next for the Wreckin’ Rams
Acadiana (10-1) goes back to the LHSAA Class 5A title game with a chance to repeat as state champions. They will take on the #6 seed Alexandria Trojans (8-0). Destrehan ends back-to-back deep runs in the playoffs at the hands of Acadiana. They fall to 10-2, but the future looks bright with a young team and return of many of its most talented players.
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