EA expects better effort against Comets

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Marcus Bailey rushed for 17 yards on six carries and caught one pass for 24 yards last week against Denham Springs. Bailey and the Spartans host St. Charles Catholic Friday night at Spartan Stadium. Staff Photo by Peter Silas Pasqua

East Ascension has welcomed the tune of a regular work week leading up to its home opener against St. Charles Catholic Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

“It is nice to get back into the rhythm of a regular week,” East Ascension head coach John Lamberts said. “These kids do better  when they are in that rhythm of a week and are much more comfortable.  We have had two great practices up to this point and am looking forward to another one enjoying football weather and hopefully Friday night we will get after it.”

The Spartans regular season opener against Redemptorist was cancelled due to Hurricane Gustav.

St. Charles Catholic defeated East Ascension 35-14 last season at Dupuy Stadium in LaPlace.

“They are a very fundamentally sound team,” Lambert said. “What those St. Charles Catholic kids are told to do is exactly what they are going to do. They don’t go outside the lines. They have been given perimeters on how to play their position and they play it very well.”

East Ascension is coming off a 20-0 shutout at the hands of Lutcher. The Spartans’ offense was held to 149 total yards.  Avery Williams led East Ascension with 59 yards on 14 carries.

“What we have tried to do is be very positive about what happened. We understand that we didn’t play very well on offense last week. We made some mistakes and we made them coming off 10 days off,” Lambert said. 

St. Charles Catholic fell 37-7 to L.W. Higgins giving up 357 yards rushing including two 100-yard rushers. The Comets are coming off an 8-4 campaign in head coach Frank Monica’s 10th year at the school. They run a multiple offense and a 50 defense led by Justin Vicknair and Matt Murphy in the secondary.

“Higgins was massive,” Lambert said. “Much bigger than St. Charles Catholic and much bigger than we are. We have to go in and we have to execute because no matter what happens. Our coaches and I understand that St. Charles Catholic at this point after Coach  Monica has been there for a decade is now a system and that is what we are trying to build here at East Ascension. A system so that when the kids come in, the older kids tell the younger kids exactly how things work. That is what we are trying to perpetuate here.”

The Comets lost feature back Jonathan Cancienne from a year ago and quarterback Vincent Rollo. Stafford Jones led St. Charles with 36 yards on three carries against Higgins, while Cortland Taylor provided 25 yards on 10 carries. Marc Picciola completed 10 of 18 passes for 97 yards but was intercepted three times. Zach Goodwin hauled in six receptions for 64 yards.

St. Charles did limit Higgins to just 46 yards passing. 

“Higgins had a great scheme and hit them hard with an inside dive,” Lambert said. “Just like our offense here at East Ascension, St. Charles Catholic’s defense has some young players too. They did not adjust very well and continued to get hurt on it. I think that we have to come out Friday night and we have to come off the football. That is a priority for us. We have worked on it and we have said it a thousand times this week.  In order for us to win football games, we are certainly going to have to take care of that.”