CLASS 5A FINAL: WEST MONROE 28, ACADIANA 7
By Roy Lang III
TOTAL YARDS: West Monroe 297, Acadiana 163
RUSH YARDS: West Monroe 230, Acadiana 76
PASS YARDS: Acadiana 87, West Monroe 67
TURNOVERS: Acadiana 4 (INTS), West Monroe 3 (2 INT, 1 fumble)
TIME: 10:13 p.m.
WEST MONROE WINS 28-7
TIME: 9:59 p.m.
LOVE MAKES IT A TRIPLE PLAY
Scott Love made his third interception and the Rebels will win this game. West Monroe 21-7 with 2:16 to play.
TIME: 9:56 p.m.
TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
You could see it coming. Acadiana had its chances and finally, West Monroe put the game away with a 14-yard scamper by Frank Goodin. Rebels up 21-7 with 2:52 to go.
TIME: 9:53 p.m.
REBELS' BALL CONTROL COULD BE ACADIANA'S DOWNFALL LATE
West Monroe has driven down to the Wreckin' Rams 18 and there is just 4:31 left in the game. Any score here and the game is over.
TIME: 9:47 p.m.
The state championship games brought more than 32,000 people through the turnstiles at Independence Stadium this weekend.
Thursday, Redemptorist vs. Notre Dame (3,932)
Friday, John Curtis vs. St. Charles (2,587)
Friday, Bastrop vs. Breaux Bridge (9,726)
Saturday, Evangel vs. Opelousas Catholic (5,753)
Saturday, West Monroe vs. Acadiana (10,650)
TIME: 9:43 p.m.
Acadiana recovered a fumbled in West Monroe territory, but the Rebels defense came up strong again and forced a punt. The Rebels lead 14-7 early in the fourth quarter. This inability to take advantge of Rebels mistakes is getting sorta silly.
TIME: 9:36 p.m.
ANOTHER CHANCE DOWN THE TUBES
Acadiana has spent the ENTIRE second half in Rebels territory. Yet again, no points. Drew Alleman missed his second field goal attempt -- this one from 30 yards -- and the Wreckin' Rams come up empty again. Still 14-7 Rebels after three.
TIME: 9:28 p.m.
HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE DECISION
Arcadia could be winning this game if quarterback Johnathan Morvant has made some better decisions. His latest gaffe came with the Wreckin' Rams at the Rebels' 5 on second down. Morvant rolled to his right, felt the pressure and blindly through the ball up for grabs. West Monroe's Les Aulds intercepted the pass in the end zone and another chance to tie the game went down the drain.
Acadiana is controlling this ball game right now, but it needs to start capitilizing on big opportunities.
TIME: 9:23 p.m.
ANOTHER PICK FOR ACADIANA
The Wreckin' Rams picked off Steven Ensminger once again and have the ball deep in Rebels territory. They have threatened all night to tie the game, but West Monroe has always come up huge.
TIME: 9:18 p.m.
WEST MONROE DIGS OUT OF BIG HOLE
The Rebels faced 2nd and 25 from their own 5, yet managed a first down as their drive continues early in the second half.
TIME: 9:16 p.m.
REBELS START SECOND HALF WITH BALL
West Monroe has first down from its own 20 as the second half of football is underway.
TIME: 9:09 p.m.
TOTAL YARDS: West Monroe 122, Acadiana 110
RUSH YARDS: West Monroe 74, Acadiana 34
PASS YARDS: Acadiana 76, West Monroe 48
TIME: 9:02 p.m.
WRECKIN' RAMS MISS LATE FIELD GOAL
Acadiana kicker Drew Alleman missed a 40-yard field goal with no time left on the clock in the first half and West Monroe takes a 14-7 lead into the locker room.
TIME: 8:42 p.m.
POTENTIAL GAME-BREAKING TACKLE MADE BY REBS
Acadiana's Javinas Faulk intercepted Steve Ensminger and appeared headed to the end zone with less than 20 seconds left in the first half, but West Monroe center Derek Casola made a touchdown-saving, shoestring tackle.
TIME: 8:39 p.m.
WEST MONROE FORCES THE ISSUE LATE IN HALF
The Rebels took timeouts on defense as the Wreckin' Rams were stuck on their own end of the field late in the second quarter. Consequently, the Rebels will get the ball with 27 seconds left, 64 yards from the end zone.
TIME: 8:36 p.m.
REBELS MAKE BIG INTERCEPTION
Scott Love made his second interception of the evening with 3:06 remaining in the first half and West Monroe takes over at Acadiana's 31.
TIME: 8:28 p.m.
IS THE TIDE CHANGING?
West Monroe is driving, but Acadiana is playing much better football. The Wreckin' Rams trail 14-7, if they can stop the Rebels here, this game could get very interesting.
TIME: 8:20 p.m.
I STAND CORRECTED ... FOR NOW
Acadiana quarterback Johnathan Morvant, who was shaky to say the least to start the game, hit Javinas Faulk for a 61-yard touchdown early in second quarter. The extra point helped the Wreckin' Rams pull within 14-7.
TIME: 8:09 p.m.
SO MUCH FOR MY BOLD PREDICTION
So I took a flyer on the Acadiana Wreckin' Rams in the Class 5A title game, predicting an upset. Yeah, it didn't work out so well. The bold choice wasn't to disrepect the Rebels, but I had to pick one surprise.
Can I have it back?
TIME: 8:01 p.m.
WRECKIN' RAMS A WRECK ALREADY
Seeing their 5A title chances slipping away early in Saturday's ball game against West Monroe, the Acadiana Wreckin' Rams attempted to convert a fourth down in their own territory in the first quarter. It didn't work.
TIME: 7:55 p.m.
REBELS QB TO PLAY IN SEC
Steven Ensminger, son of Steve, the former LSU quarterback and current Auburn assistant football coach, is headed to Auburn next year.
Ensminger scored from 3 yards out to help give the Rebels a 14-0 lead over Acadiana with 5:32 to play in the first quarter.
TIME: 7:46 p.m.
REBELS STRIKE FIRST
Frank Goodin scored from 6 yards out to help give West Monroe a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
TIME: 7:40 p.m.
YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHEN TO HOLD 'EM ...
West Monroe takes the first gamble of the game, going for it on 4th and inches at the Rams' 43. The Rebels were successful with a dive from fullback Jason Robinson. Although the ball came loose, it was CLEARLY after he hit the ground. Rebels are driving inside the Rams' 35.
TIME: 7:38 p.m.
RAINBOWS ARE NOT GOOD IN FOOTBALL
Scott Love intercepted a horrible pass by Acadiana quarterback Johnathan Morvant to begin the football game. The Rebels have the ball at the Wreckin' Rams' 47.
TIME: 7:34 p.m.
ACADIANA BEGINS WITH THE FOOTBALL
The Wreckin' Rams have the ball at their own 20 as the 5A title game is underway.
TIME: 7:31 p.m.
NICE CROWD FOR 5A FINAL
It's 42 degrees at the West Monroe Rebels (12-1) as the Acadiana Wreckin' Rams (12-1) take the field at Independence Stadium.
TIME: 7:22 p.m.