NEW ORLEANS - Big plays highlighted the LHSAA 5A state championship game, but it was the Acadiana Wreckinâ€™ Rams who made enough of them to come away with the hardware.
The 27th-seeded Rams (10-5) held off the previously undefeated, fourth-seeded West Monroe Rebels, 21-14, clinching the 2010 5A title at the Louisiana Superdome on Saturday night.
Acadiana set the tone on the first play from scrimmage, scoring on a 72-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Ryan Bergeron to running back Terry Abraham. The Ramsâ€™ defense held the Rebels on the ensuing possession, giving the ball back to the Acadiana offense.
The Rams wasted no time adding to their lead, capping off an eight-play, 70-yard drive with a 26-yard field goal by Jean Breaux to give Acadiana a 10-0 lead going into the second quarter. The Rams appeared as though they would run away with the game after Breaux put Acadiana up 13-0 on a 40-yard field goal late in the second quarter.
However, West Monroe (14-1) responded when quarterback Paul Turner connected with Cody Stone for a 37-yard touchdown pass with 1:48 remaining in the half. Acadiana led 13-7 at halftime.
Momentum swung completely in the direction of West Monroe as the second half began with yet another big play. West Monroeâ€™s Devontis Ellis ignited the Superdome courtesy of a 94-yard kickoff return, giving West Monroe a 14-13 advantage.
The Rams offense went begging in the third quarter, after failing to score on an 11-play drive that resulted in a punt. The Rebels were in position to take control of the game early in the fourth quarter, but a fumble by fullback Bubba Reeves ended a drive in Acadiana territory.
The fumble would prove to be costly as Bergeron completed a 63-yard pass to Micah Eugene on the very next play, setting up the Rams with first and 10 at the Rebels 10-yard line. Three plays later, Eugene provided the game winning points on a 1-yard touchdown run. Abraham added the two-point conversion, stretching for the goal line on a short run to the outside for the gameâ€™s final points.
West Monroe had one last shot, but a fourth and 15 pass by Turner went incomplete, ending the Rebels perfect season. The Rams took over and knelt on the ball to secure their first 5A championship since 2006.
- Announced attendance for Saturdayâ€™s 1A, 4A and 5A games was 32,927. The total attendance for Friday and Saturday was 50,274.
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