Lions outnumbered, fall to False River Academy, 40-14

Peter Silas Pasqua
Ascension Christian’s Dustin?Blanchard keeps against False River Acadey for a 7-yard gain in the third quarter of the Gators 40-14 victory Thursday night at Lion?Field.

Ascension Christian took a brief lead before False River Academy built a 27-8 halftime lead and never looked back for a 40-14 non-district victory Thursday night at Lion Field.

False River’s Brad Guillory accounted for five touchdowns as Ascension Christian, which dressed only 15, played the final quarter with just 11, but came up with a fumble return for a touchdown.

“Unfortunately, the situation we are in with numbers, there is nothing we can do about that,” Ascension Christian head coach Ross Holden said.  “I am proud of my guys. Certainly, we could have executed better but that is not real important. We are just going to pray for those guys that are hurt and hope we can have them to put on the field next week.

“I challenged them down by the goal line to make a stand and stop them on downs just for a small victory. Everybody was hurt and everybody was tired but that defensive touchdown was huge for our morale.”

Guillory’s 32-yard run opened the scoring before Matthew Hadley’s 1-yard quarterback sneak put Ascension Christian on the board. Hadley’s pass to Aaron?Lanclos on  the conversion gave the Lions the lead with 4:58 left to play in the first quarter.

Guillory then scored on runs from 1 and 4 yards out and threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Austin Brooks with 6:31 left in the first half.

Mark Braud recovered a muffed punt for Ascension Christian but the Lions failed to capitalize.

Brock Rockforte scored from 5 yards out following a blocked punt on Ascension Christian’s opening possession of the second half.

False River recovered a lateral pass at the AC 26 on the Lions’ second possession but Ashton?Allen sacked Guillory and Jack Brumfield stopped Rockforte short on fourth down.

Lanclos forced the fumble on a sack of Guillory on False River’s next series and Corion?Davis returned it 82 yards to pay dirt to cut it to 34-16 with 6:31 left to play.

“They got down early but they fought till the very last second,” False River head coach Brad Bass said. “We had very limited numbers last year, so I know where they are coming from and they are moving in the right direction.”

Guillory’s 14-yard run reflected the final tally on the ensuing possession after he kept for a 27-yard gain to push the Gators across midfield.

Ascension Christian is scheduled to wrap up their first regular season of football Friday night when they host Pointe Coupee Central.

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