Lafayette Claims First I-10 Bowl Victory, Trahan Named MVP
All-Star games are designed to put the spotlight on top talent, and the stars from Lafayette shined bright in the first ever I-10 Bowl.
Lafayette picked up the championship with a 35-27 win over Lake Charles, thanks to a massive first quarter breakout led by Acadiana's Bralen Trahan.
Trahan, who recently committed to play for the Ragin' Cajuns, came up with three takeaways in the opening quarter to spark a 28-0 start to the game. He picked off two passes and returned a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown, which was enough to earn him MVP honors for the game. The Wreckin' Rams' do-it-all man seemed to be everywhere on defense, and the award was well deserved.
Etienne and Mitchell weren't the only backs to strut their stuff either. Kirkland Banks, a versatile running back from Barbe, also found the endzone in the outing, which ended up being an entertaining game for everyone involved.
In the inaugural I-10 Bowl, things went about as smoothly as possible. Nobody got hurt, it seemed like the players and coaches loved the experience, and friends and family members got to see their favorite players suit up one more time.
This matchup should only get better and better throughout the years. The Lafayette and Lake Charles areas already have plenty of rivalries, and the I-10 Bowl provides some friendly competition to determine bragging rights after the intensity of the season concludes.
This year, Lafayette brought home the trophy, but will it stay in the Acadiana next year or make it's way west on I-10?