Scouting Acadiana vs. Carencro

Acadiana (Scott, La.) is the defending Class 5A state champion, but the Rams were considered substantial underdogs entering last Friday night's district contest vs. Carencro, which was undefeated and ranked nationally by Scout.com. Acadiana showed its prowess, however, handing the Bears their first loss the season. We break the action down inside.

Carencro's massive offensive line -- across the board, the Bears check in at 290 pounds, 240, 190, 225 and 280 -- has overwhelmed defensive fronts all season, but that came to a halt Friday night at Acadiana. Carencro was held to 193 yards of total offense by an inspired Acadiana defense led up front by defensive tackle D'ondre Chanet (6-3, 315, Sr.) and defensive end Claude George (6-2, 200, Jr.).

To put things in perspective, Carencro star senior RB Alex Johnson was easily averaging in excess of 10 yards per carry and 200 yards per game. Against Acadiana, however, Johnson was limited to 81 yards on 15 attempts. To his credit, Johnson scored both of Carencro's touchdowns and stepped off more than five yards per carry -- certainly not pedestrian numbers, although nowhere close to the herculean numbers he had posted through the previous seven weeks.

Chanet consistently clogged the middle of the line. On Carencro's initial possession, he stopped Johnson shy of the first down marker on third-and-short. George put the brakes on a subsequent Carencro drive with a third down sack of QB Jalen Nixon. As George closed in, Nixon tried to lure him into the air with a pump fake, but George didn't bite.

Acadiana linebackers Darius Ridgeway and Zack Burch - both returning starters from last year - had stellar performances. On multiple occasions, Carencro failed to pick up Burch's blitz from the outside and he capitalized every time. Sophomore DB De'Edward Cormier had a pick six for the Rams. He has good instincts and might be Acadiana's quarterback of the future.

The Rams' current signal-caller -- senior Stryker Trahan -- guided his team's split-back veer offense with wise reads on the option and precise passing. In 2010, Trahan - an Ole Miss baseball commit - was a starting tight end. RBs Jeff Brown, Shane Francis and Keith Sonnier combined to gain 179 yards against a Carencro defense that had been brutally effective over the past month. Brown, who has elite speed, repeatedly moved the chains on powers to both the left and right. Francis broke free for a 56-yard TD on his first carry of the game, and Sonnier (13-50) was a steady performer who runs fearlessly on the inside dive.

Kye Poole (5-9, 225, Jr.) shined for Carencro. Poole, a heady linebacker, made plays sideline-to-sideline for head coach Brent Indest. He doesn't hesitate to throw his body around, which is something you always like to see from a linebacker. Poole is quicker than you'd expect from a player with his height and weight. He tracked down the fleet-footed Brown on an option pitch behind the line of scrimmage. Senior CB Dillon Calais had an early interception for the Bears, who played well on defense in the first half.

Nixon completed 8-of-19 throws but fell victim to dropped passes that could have changed the complexion of the contest. Senior wide receiver Shawn Thomas had six receptions for 59 yards. Earlier this year, Thomas shattered Carencro's single-game record with 10 catches.


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