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Friday, November 17, 2006

Acadiana vs. Byrd

Acadiana's John Dean breaks through the line and goes 65 yards for a 42-8 Rams lead. Just over three minutes remain.

Byrd catches Acadiana off guard with an onside kick attempt, but no Jackets player can recover the ball before it goes out of bounds. Acadiana responds by driving half the field for a 35-8 lead with 6:15 to play.

The Rams score midway through the third to make it 28-0, but Byrd finally gets on the board with a 12-yard John Martin Anthony run just before the end of the third.

After three periods, Acadiana leads, 28-8.

Acadiana scores again before halftime. Byrd fumbles with under a minute to play, but the Rams don't sit on the ball. A 20-yard pass sets up a 38-yard pass to Kip Jacob, who appeared covered at the Byrd 2 but came down with the ball and stepped across the line for a 21-0 lead with 3.9 seconds to play before intermission.

Acadiana solidified its control of the game with just over a minute on the first half clock. Jordan Figaro took off for 29 yards on the ground, and Kip Jacob caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from Johnathan Morvant for a 14-0 lead.

Acadiana scores first. Just when Byrd had gained solid field position due to a short punt, Rams defender Wilfred Journet caused and recovered a fumble, picked it up and ran 52 yards all by himself. Acadiana, 7-0.

No score after a quarter. Byrd held on a Acadiana 4th-and-2 at the Yellow Jackets 13. The Jackets are going the other way now and just crossed midfield. Justan Gibson is running with authority. This game looks pretty even to me.

The Yellow Jackets and Rams are on the field warming up. The Jackets are wearing all purple tonight, and the temperature is not bad at all.

My first impression concerning Acadiana is that it does not look particularly large. That's good news for the smallish Jackets.

In my opinion, Byrd's best hopes tonight lie in: overconfident Rams who remember last year's 49-6 Acadiana win, also in the second round; Byrd's wing-T, which many teams no longer play against; Byrd's growing confidence that I think began with a solid effort (34-24 loss) against West Monroe.

We'll see, and, if this computer continues to cooperate, you can follow the game right here.


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