SCOTT — It was all or nothing for Barbe High with less than 10 seconds remaining, and Acadiana High’s Ronald Broussard was ready to gamble when the ball was snapped.
Broussard and teammate Jayrin Wilson broke through the Barbe High field goal protection and blocked a 43-yard James Inderkummen attempt on the final play of an Acadiana 35-33 victory over the No. 1 Buccaneers at Bill Dotson Stadium on Friday night.
Fourth-ranked Acadiana (4-1, 2-0) had to hold off Barbe twice during the final 6 minutes and 38 seconds after the Rams’ Elijah Ledet scored his third touchdown when he broke open for a 57-yard run that gave AHS a 35-26 lead.
Barbe (4-1, 1-1), responded with a touchdown drive of its own. Quarterback Keenon Fontenot passed the Bucs downfield 68 yards on a 14-play drive. The march ended with Fontenot’s 24-yard TD pass to Elijah Collins, who made a diving catch in the end zone.
The Bucs weren’t through, however. With 3:19 remaining, Barbe drove to the Acadiana 26, and with 93 seconds left, Inderkummen, who had kicked two previous field goals, came in to try another.
Broussard said the Rams weren’t considering a fake by Barbe.
“It came down to the moment, and we knew we had to make a play,” he said. “They didn’t bring anyone else in, so we knew they were going to try it. We knew that was going to be it, the last play, so we went all out. We rushed inside outside guy and made the block clean.”
Wilson picked up the loose attempt and ran with the ball into the end zone, but game officials waved off the play after ruling sideline interference against Acadiana with no time remaining.
Barbe coach Mike Cutrera said he never considered going for it, even though the Bucs had a third down at the Rams’ 26.
“I thought kicking it was our best chance. You try another play and you might run out of time or Acadiana might be able to run the clock out. We felt that (Inderkummen could make it,” said Cutrera.
Barbe never led in the game, but the Bucs tied the game early in the first quarter and trailed by less than a touchdown twice.
“It was crazy, back and forth. What a game, what a win. I’m worn out,” AHS head coach Ted Davidson said.
Davidson said he felt the Rams accomplished their offensive objective of holding onto the ball with their rushing offense which finished with 337 yards.
Fontenot, who had beaten AHS twice in the last two games, finished with 471 passes yards after completing 29 of 45 attempts. Acadiana intercepted Fontenot twice in the first half.
LSU commitment and BHS wide receiver caught 13 passes for 256 yards.
Two of the three first half Barbe turnovers led to Acadiana touchdowns.
Fontenot’s third pass of the game was tipped into the hands of Rams’ defensive back Reggie Francis at the Barbe 43 and from that point AHS scored in nine plays.
Ledet, who finished the game with 187 yards on 21 carries, got most of the yardage on six carries. Ledet scored the TD on the final attempt from one yard (7:15).
Fontenot, who passed for 240 first-half yards, engineered a 73-yard drive that took just two plays. It ended when wide receiver Trey Quinn got behind the Ram second and caught a 68-yard throw from Fontenot.
The Rams scored on the first play of the second quarter when quarterback D’Edward Cormier threw an eight-yard pass to end Javonis Issac. Kyle Hernandez’s kick made it 14-7.
Inderkummen’s 21-yard field goal (2:40) cut the lead to 14-10.
Ledet’s five-yard run gave the Rams a 21-10 halftime lead with 59 seconds left.
Inderkummen kicked another field goal — 32 yards — with three seconds remaining after Fontenot drove the Bucs 60 yards.
Barbe and the Rams traded third quarter touchdowns. AHS running back Donovan Soloman ran 16 yards for a score (7:11), but Barbe followed less than three minutes later with a TD as running back RJ Rolkes caught an 11-yard thrown from Fontenot.
The Bucs cut Acadiana’s lead to 28-26 with 9:53 left in the game when Fontenot drove Barbe 51 yards in eight plays. His touchdown came on the first of two scoring catches by Collins, this one for 12 yards.