EA wants to control line of scrimmage against Sarah Reed

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Irvin Nash wraps ups Live Oak’s David Bell during the Spartans’ 14-8 victory in the Jambalaya Jamboree Friday. East Ascension hosts Sarah Reed Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

East Ascension understands what the effects of a hurricane can do to a football team after their Week 1 game last season was canceled in the aftermath of Gustav but when the Spartans open the regular season Friday night in their home opener against Sarah Reed at Spartan Stadium at 7 p.m. the team across the field will still be rebounding from Katrina that struck over four years ago.

“It makes me nervous every time there is a hurricane in the Gulf but we are excited about the season getting going,” East Ascension head coach John Lambert said. “We have done a lot of work to get to this point and we are just looking forward to Friday night.”

East Ascension moves into its third year under Lambert after going 2-7 a year ago and defeating Live Oak 14-8 in the Jambalaya Jamboree Friday night. Sarah Reed once held 2,000 students along with Abramson and John F. Kennedy, but have less than 800 after the only school to reopen in the New Orleans East area. The Olympians were 4-6 last season under third year head coach Gavin Lewis and fell to East Jefferson 28-8 in the Chalmette Jamboree Friday night.

“They are a very fast group,” Lambert said. “They have a lot of speed and you can see that on film. That kind of gives you an indication of what kind of game they are going to play. They don’t have big numbers in terms of how many kids they have but the kids that they have play very hard. We are looking forward to a group that is going to come in here and challenge our football team and that is what we need every chance we get.”

Senior running back Avery Williams scored both Spartan touchdowns last week on 58 and 26-yard runs. Senior Justin Pelle`, junior Briscoe Davis and sophomore JarMarcus Jarvis will also get carries. Junior Emerson Foster is East Ascension’s signal caller.

“We have to control the line of scrimmage,” Lambert said. “If we come of the football and do the things we are supposed to do we will have success and that involves everybody. Sarah Reed blitzes a lot so we are prepared for that. We call plays that we think are going to be the most successful in that situation and we expect everyone to do their job just as well as anybody else. We are going to get stone walled sometimes. It happens and we have to be able to bounce back from that.”

Sarah Reed runs a 4-2-5 defense but return just two starters led by senior defensive back Clarence Williams.

The Spartans defense also returns just two starters in senior Q’Dareus Lomas and junior Wade Julien, both all-district performers on the defensive line last season who have moved to linebacker.

“Live Oak had a very good quarterback last week and he put the ball exactly where it needed to be. I think we are going to be fine. Our pass rush is going to pick up. I think our offense has to keep the defense off the field and fresh so we get a better rush. We wanted to get in those situations to see if we were going to bend or break and one time we broke and one time we bent but when it counted, it was the bending and not the breaking.”

The Olympians run out of a multiple spread offense orchestrated by Keywan Bullocks. Bullocks’ top target is Jared Milton.

“If we do the little things, the outcome will take care of itself,” Lambert said. “The point is to play well and if you do, the result will be a win. What we are looking for is a football team that comes out of the tunnel, takes care of their responsibilities and gives us a chance to be successful on Friday night.”