After being forced into a defensive position by St. Thomas More High School during the regular season, Acadiana High is looking for the chance to call checkmate on the Cougars.
When the teams meet Friday night at Cougar Stadium in LafayetteÂ in a Class 5A semifinal, it will be a rematch. St. Thomas More (13-0)Â controlled the regular-season contest, 42-17.
â€œIt’s kind of like a chess game,â€ Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said. â€œYou are trying to build on what you did well and correct what they hurt you with.â€
In that first meeting, the Cougars withstood 220 yards by Wreckin’ Rams running back Micah Eugene by forcing a couple of turnovers and rushing for 282 yards as a team.
â€œThey (the Cougars) are very aggressive on defense and they know their assignments well,â€ Davidson said. â€œThey tackle well and you are not going to get them out of position very often.â€
Acadiana (8-5)Â has built its own momentum the last few games. The Wreckin’ Rams held quarterfinal opponent St. Paul’s to 267 yards. Acadiana also forced St. Paul’s to punt 10 times.
â€œThe defensive line … Â really since the playoffs began, they have done a good job on the inside. Plus, they have been able to get pressure on quarterbacks,â€ Davidson said.
Compared to their existing playoff run, which includes wins over East St. John, Zachary and St. Paul’s, the Wreckin’ Rams will be facing a St. Thomas More squad that will be less of a mystery than those other foes.
â€œYou know the speed of them, and what they want to do,â€ Davidson said. â€œYou are familiar with the personnel. It would be more of an advantage if the first game was closer.â€
Considering that familiarity and the Cougars’ ability on special teams, Davidson noted there is a need to stay on top of all details.
â€œThe kicking game has to be solid,â€ he said. â€œYou have to be alert. If you make a mistake in the kicking game, they will take advantage of it.â€
Big and fast Karr
Teurlings Catholic (10-3) will be the second straight Lafayette school with an opportunity to derail Karr,Â the No. 1 seed in Class 4A. Karr defeated Northside last week to set up a semifinal contest with Teurlings scheduled for Friday night at Hoss Memtsas Stadium in Harvey.