Acadiana High Rams celebrate title with parade

Team, fans, friends celebrate 5A state title

Family and supporters fought off the threat of rain Sunday to celebrate the Acadiana High School Wreckin’ Rams football team and its 2013 state championship at the State Championship Victory Parade in downtown Scott.

“This community has always supported us,” Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said. “It’s a great thing they do for us. The kids enjoy it and we get a chance to mingle with the people who support us all year.”

Davidson, who won his third Class 5A state championship with the Rams, attended his third victory parade Sunday. As expected, Davidson said the victory celebrations never get old.

“This is a lot of fun,” he said. “I’m doing it for the third time, but the kids are different. Each group of kids is different and this is great for this group.”

D’Edward Cormier, the Rams senior quarterback, who led the way for the majority of the championship season, said the parade means a great deal to him and his teammates.

“Everybody in Scott, La., is supporting us, and they’ve always had our back,” Cormier said. “This party is a great feeling. It was a blessing to play football at AHS.”

Acadiana has been a perennial power in recent years, but the Rams failed to get out of the second round the past two years. Cormier said that bothered him.

“My sophomore and junior year, we lost in the playoffs and didn’t make it to the finals,” Cormier said. “It feels good to leave high school with a championship.”

Cormier’s mother, Patty Cormier, has another son on the team: De’Edward’s twin brother, Edward Cormier.

Edward Cormier was named MVP of the state championship game against Parkway after having 30 rushes for 175 yards and four touchdowns.

Patty Cormier said the parade was a bittersweet ending to her sons’ high school football careers.

“I am just so happy for them,” Patty Cormier said. “They were looking forward to this parade. It’s wonderful and exciting. They are just sad they are leaving. They are going to miss it, and we’re going to miss it.”

Davidson said he has been asked to compare this team with his previous state championship teams of 2006 and 2010. Although he said it’s hard to compare the teams, he did say depth was the biggest difference between the 2010 and 2013 teams.

“We had about 40 seniors in 2010,” Davidson said. “We weren’t as deep (this year) and we were playing on the edge a lot. We had an injury bug in the early part of the year, and if you can continue to win when you do that, it builds depth. We managed that and continued to work hard and get better every week.”

After the Rams beat New Iberia in the regular season finale to capture the district championship, Davidson huddled his team in the end zone and said one thing: “Playoff time! Our time!”

“We started that back in 2005,” Davidson said. “It started as a chant and now it’s one of our mottos. Playoff time is our time, and that is when we play our best football.”

The Rams cruised to the state championship finals with wins over Slidell and Ponchatoula in the first two rounds. Acadiana’s toughest test was a 27-17 quarterfinal victory at Barbe. After beating Destrehan in the semifinals, the Rams put up a Superdome-record 77 points against Parkway in their 77-41 win.

As he clung to the state championship trophy Sunday like it was a newborn baby, Davidson admitted to not leaving the guerdon out of his sight much since the state championship final on Dec. 14. He even said he almost forgot to bring it to Sunday’s festivities.

“I’ve had it at home on the dresser all this time,” Davidson said. “I brought it to a School Board meeting, and that’s about the only time it’s left the dresser. I got in the truck to come here today and had to go back in and get it.

“It just looks so good up there.”