The 2010 Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams returned from New Orleans with a state football championship. By Leslie Turk Photos by Kevin Stutes.
Clockwise from top left: AHS players lift the championship trophy; Ryan Bergeron avoids a sack; Terry Abraham reaches for the goal line; Bakari Hollier breaks up a pass. View more images from the game at facebook.com/IndWeekly or www.realsportsphotos.com.
The Acadiana High School Wreckin’ Rams know what it feels like to be a winner, knocking off reigning Class 5A state champion West Monroe in the Superdome Saturday night and ending the Rebels’ 29-game winning streak. But the 2010 season taught this team of young men an important lesson about life: When you get knocked down, you get back up. And that’s exactly what Acadiana did this year, overcoming the adversity of being stripped of four wins going into week nine of the season due to an ineligible player. The infraction was over a player who transferred to Acadiana High during the spring from Texas with a transcript listing his birthday as Sept. 28 when his birthday is May 28. A student-athlete is not eligible to participate in LHSAA sanctioned events if he turns 19 before Sept. 1. When AHS realized the discrepancy during what was called a routine check of transcripts, it reported it and accepted the consequences: The 5th ranked team in Class 5A went from 7-l to 3-5 on the season.
It would be a long road back, but Acadiana seemed to embrace the challenge. “We have to win out to get into the playoffs,” head coach Ted Davidson told local sportswriter Dan McDonald. “It’ll give us a mission. You try to look for silver linings. You can’t wallow in self-pity.”
The Wreckin’ Rams hard-fought 21-14 victory over powerhouse West Monroe — which has won seven state championships (’93, ’96-98, ’00, ’05, and ’09, decimating Archbishop Rummel 30-0) and six state runners-up titles — was a sweet ending for this class act team and a lesson for all of us in the real virtues of youth sports. In the process the Rams scored a spot in the record books, becoming the first Lafayette Parish football team to win two state titles.
MAY 23 Here's a story in the Picayune about some statistics that must come as a blow to folks who believe that any private school can do a better job of educating kids than any public school: Danielle Dreilinger reports that only 30 percent of the voucher kids are passing. That's less than half of the state wide average, she says. It's an interesting statistic because most of the schools (if not all) taking voucher kids have never had their students' standardized test scores released to the public before.
MAY 23 Stephen Sabludowsky blogs on Bayou Buzz about auditor requests here. Recently the state GOP started crowing about a request from the Legislative Auditor, claiming they were being targeted because of their anti-tax stance. (Uh, your what?) Denial and hyperbole aside, the state Democratic party blew holes in that theory with an email announcing they'd received the same request, Sabludowsky writes here.
MAY 23 Jim Brown blogs about the senate race in this post. He says that, given Bobby Jindal's "lack of traction" on the national stage, it might make more sense for the governor to consider running against Mary Landrieu for the senate seat. Since Tim Teeple left the Cassidy team, it makes sense he might land on a Jindal for Senate team, Brown opines.
MAY 23 In this Louisiana Voice post, blogger Tom Aswell writes of rumors that his nemesis, state Superintendent of Education John White, may be soon departing Louisiana for a federal post. It's hard to believe, given his performance, Aswell says, but stranger things have happened. An anti-White BESE member says that, if true, White is quitting before he can be fired.
MAY 23 In this post on American Zombie, blogger Jason Berry writes about the Mother's Day shooting. Mayor Landrieu said that "this is not who we are," but the fact is, this is New Orleans, Berry writes. The violence infused in the city is the result of a culture created by "sins of omission or sins of commission," Berry writes. It's not a problem that can be solved by legislating, policing, praying or publicizing, he says: Someone's got to understand what's happening first.
MAY 23 This post in the Westside Journal tells us what Port Allen Mayor Deedy has been up to lately: vetoing ordinances, apparently. This story is most interesting, however, when it delves into a petition that has been circulating around the city lately. It accuses the former mayor of a lot of nasty things; the former mayor says it is full of lies and "broken syntax" which may be a larger offense in his eyes.
MAY 23 This editorial posted in The Advocate is a bit confusing. The writing is poor - definitely not up to the usual editorial writing standard there - and the point is hard to grasp. Apparently, the writer is saying that privatization of state efforts is OK, as long as there is oversight and transparency, but Jindal's not good at that, and the legislature shouldn't over-react. Okey Dokey. Can't they get one of them Pulitzer-winning people to write an editorial?
MAY 23 This post on The Lens gives you links to a new Google Earth tool that allows you to see any spot on earth transform over the past 30 years. Bob Marshall, who covers the coast for the paper, says that in the case of Louisiana's coastline, it's possibly something you don't want to see, because it's not a pretty picture. There are several clips here, showing critical areas erode away. For Marshall, it was vindication for all those times he was met with eye-rolling when he talked about erosion.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.