Facing a Top 10 ranked River Parishes district opponent for the second straight week, East Ascension once again stepped up to the challenge.


Facing a Top 10 ranked River Parishes district opponent for the second straight week, East Ascension once again stepped up to the challenge.

Coming off a defensive battle that ultimately resulted in a narrow 7-3 loss to Hahnville last week, the Spartans fell 48-31 to East St. John Friday at Joe Keller Memorial Field.

Into the fourth quarter, the Spartans (4-3, 0-2) had gone toe-to-toe with the Wildcats (7-0, 2-0). East Ascension held a 31-28 lead with 8:25 left after Jarmarcus Jarvis scored on a 6-yard run.

But it was the Wildcats’ final three-touchdown surge in the final five minutes that put the game away.

East St. John standout D’haquille Williams capped the wild finish with a 60-yard interception return for a score.

Williams, a senior receiver, also lined up in the Wildcat formation. He started off the scoring when he took a shotgun snap and found Rashad Green for an 85-yard touchdown 18 seconds into the game.

Later in the first quarter, Williams caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Darion Monroe. He finished with five catches for 131 yards.

East Ascension cut the East St. John lead on a fake field goal touchdown pass. Holder Adam Miller connected with Randell Williams for a 32-yard score. The Wildcats held a 28-24 lead with 11:48 left.

The Spartans then recovered a fumble in East St. John’s territory. Jarvis scored the subsequent touchdown to give East Ascension the lead.

East St. John tried a fake field goal of its own three minutes later. Monroe threw an 11-yard pass to Andrew Taylor to give the Wildcats a 35-31 lead.