Dec 6, 2012 7:39 PM by Ian Auzenne
The Acadiana Home School Association Commandos football team recently wrapped up its 2012 campaign by defeating CHEF of Baton Rouge by the score of 30-14 to win the ACEL State Championship. The Commandos, who finished with a record of 7-1, are the first home school squad to win the state title.
The team fought through a great deal of adversity on its way to the championship. A whole new coaching staff inherited a team that finished 3-4 and graduated 20 players in 2011. The Commandos also did not have a permanent practice home until it finally settled at Pope John Paul II Academy.
Despite the early growing pains, the team succeeded early and often. The team's only loss came in the second game of the year when the Commandos lost 21-0 to CHEF of Baton Rouge. Otherwise, the team was unstoppable, outscoring its opponents 360-55 over the course of the season and posting a six game win streak to close the schedule. Furthermore, the Commandos posted and average of 385 yards in total offense per game while holding their opponents to an average of 83 total yards.
The Commandos have been recognized nationally by the National Homeschool Football Championship Series for their success. Seven players received individual honors from the NHFCS for their performances this season. Linebacker Josh Hamontree finished as the nation's top overall out-of-home school defensive player. Cooper Frugé finished as the second-leading rusher in the country. Defensive end Austin O'Conner finished sixth in sacks. Kick returner Adam Laday was sixth overall in total return yards. Gabe Myers stood out on both sides of the field. Myers with the 19th-ranked quarterback in the nation and the ninth-ranked defensive player, leading the nation in sacks.