Last Thursday night, the Lions made the trip to St. John, and fueled by a 35-point second half, they beat the Eagles for the first time in school history, 52-28.

Ascension Christian was disappointed when they weren’t able to make school history last week.

They wanted to beat parish and district rival Ascension Catholic for the first time ever, but they fell hard to the sixth-ranked Bulldogs, 62-16.

As bitter as the defeat was, they had no time to hang their heads. Another chance to make school history lied in front of them. This time around, they achieved it.

Last Thursday night, the Lions made the trip to St. John, and fueled by a 35-point second half, they beat the Eagles for the first time in school history, 52-28.

After being held to just 16 points the week before, the Lion offense got back on track in their district clash with St. John.

Early in the first quarter, Ascension Christian drove 58 yards in just six plays and took the lead when Peyton Bahlinger hit K’Von Delone for a 19-yard score.

The Eagles answered right back when Landon LeBlanc broke loose on a 90-yard touchdown run to trim the deficit to 7-6.

They then took their first lead of the game at 12-7 when a 15-play, 73-yard drive was completed with a one-yard touchdown run by Adam Blanchard.

Trailing right before halftime, the Lions went on an eight-play, 59-yard drive and regained the lead with a 34-yard touchdown connection from Bahlinger to Ian Carter.

Carter nailed a 35-yard field goal right before the half to give the Lions a 17-12 halftime advantage.

The game was nip and tuck throughout the first half, but a quick 14-point flurry by running back Brye Templet and Ascension Christian to start the second half gave the Lions a comfortable lead at 31-12.

Templet started things off with a 15-yard touchdown run, and he then added a 40-yard score.

After St. John scored to cut the Ascension Christian advantage to 31-20, Templet struck again. His 12-yard touchdown run gave the Lions a 38-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Eagles tacked on another touchdown to begin the final period. It cut the deficit to 38-28, but from there, it was all Ascension Christian.

The Lions finished the game on a 14-0 run.

Templet scored his fourth touchdown of the game from 37 yards out, and Dylan Capiel recovered a fumble for an easy two-yard score to give Ascension Christian the 52-28 victory.

Templet had an amazing game on the ground for the Lions. He set a single game school record by piling up 224 yards and four touchdowns on just 16 carries.

Bahlinger also hit the century mark on the ground as he carried the ball 11 times for 128 yards.

Through the air, the state’s leading passer was held in check, for the most part. He went 8-14 for 125 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Carter was his leading receiver as he made four catches for 82 yards and a score.

The victory improved Ascension Christian to 5-2 overall.

They are just one win away from tying last year’s school record for most victories in a season with six. They are just two wins away from setting a new high mark.

This week, they’ll host 1-2 Ecole Classique.