NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB) – For the first time in program history, the Alexandria Senior High Trojans are in the spotlight by setting a historic record in the 2020 season. Their Cinderella story ended when the Acadiana Rams beat them 35-34 in a Class 5A State Championship match.
The Trojans became the first team from Central Louisiana to compete for the state championship since the Bolton Bears played in 1974. Since 1960, any team from the metro area has emerged victorious.
In the first quarter, nervousness got the best of the Trojans. They collected four penalties for 19 yards. Acadiana took full advantage and scored the first goal after Tyvin Zeno broke into the end zone for the game’s first score.
The Trojans found a spark when Jarvis Newton made a 22-yard blast down the middle to Acadiana 17. That same drive led to ASH’s first goal.
Persistently, the Trojans are evenly matched with Acadiana. Seniors Jermaine McNeal (15 tackles) and CJ Kittling finished the evening with 14 tackles apiece.
Throughout the second quarter, Trojan defenses were tested. The Rams played seven games for 69 yards to put them ahead 14-7.
The defending champion never gives up. After the Trojans fumbled their own 18-yard line, Acadiana found their way back into the zone to take two possession in the half.
The two teams swapped three and dropped out early in the third set. However, the Trojans found more life as senior quarterback Judd Barton shot Abu Kamara wide open for a 28-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter.
The Trojan continued to hit the gas after CJ Kittling stopped Acadiana’s pass to force a three-shot and escape. After that trip, Jarvis Newton found his way into the end zone for the first time that night, cutting the Rams’ lead to 28-21.
ASH’s defense strained, forced first and 10th misses, and second year defender John Parish recovered with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans continued to struggle late in the fourth quarter when Barton linked up with Graham Vaughn for 37 yards, cutting the Rams’ lead to 35-28.
ASH will recover the onside shot which will ultimately lead Judd Barton to TJ Johnson 16 yards touchdown, making it 35-34.
What looks like a two-point conversion converted on a pass from Barton to Shield Taylor will be called back for an illegal formation call.
The Trojan breach will try to convert two more points, but that will cause Judd Barton to be intercepted and end the game.
Offensively, Barton finished the night 19 of 30 on a complete pass, 221 yards and three touchdowns. Jarvis Newton finished the evening with 77 yards running with the ball and a goal.
Defensively, sophomore John Parish stunned the crowd who finished the evening with an unsuccessful recovery and nine tackles.
ASH finished the season 7-2.
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