Lions host Ecole Classique to start program

Peter Silas Pasqua

Ascension Christian will christen its football program Friday night when they host Ecole Classique at 7 p.m. at the football field on their campus located on E.A. Academy Road.

“It is really big for us,” Ascension Christian head coach Ross Holden said. “Not only just the actual contest, but being here for a home varsity game on our field. We are committed to playing here. It wasn’t crowned the way LHSAA requires a varsity field for drainage purposes and in the process of getting that done, shells appeared. We have been working real hard trying to get all them off the field and we have improved it drastically from where it was a month ago. We are going to work on it all this week to have it ready for Friday.”

Ascension Christian defeated Archbishop Hannan 26-0 in a JV Jamboree Saturday at St. Michael. Ecole Classique is coming off a 2-5 record a year ago under head coach Maurice Gernhausser and defeated another new football program Haynes 26-0 in the Ecole Classique Jamboree Thursday.

The Lions got touchdown runs from Aaron Lanclos, Troy Davis and Matthew Hadley and an interception return for a score from Dean Washington.

“We did what we were supposed to do and were organized and disciplined,” Holden said. “We played smart and only had two penalties and no turnovers. It was a good test for us and it let us know that we can do some things. We were able to watch film on the jamboree and made some corrections, plus we are adding some new things. Today was the first day that we had more than 22 at practice which helped give us a complete look.”

Ecole Classique runs out of a Double Wing formation and return eight starters on offense led by quarterback David Shcheuermann and running back Juashua Villarejos.

“We got a copy of their roster and they have about 20 guys with some eighth graders on their team,” Holden said. “They have six seniors at skill positions so we will have to be able to tackle. We know they are going to be bigger than us and they have been playing together for years so that is a big advantage for them.”