Locals to square off in annual U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown's Richard Buckland, East Ascension's Ryan Moll and Donaldsonville's Joshua Barbier participate in last year's Red Stick Bowl.

BATON ROUGE – Ascension Parish will be well represented on both sides at the eighth annual U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl Saturday at Olympia Stadium.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The Rough Riders will be under the direction of Denham Springs head coach Dru Nettles. Donaldsonville head coach Terence Williams will serve as an assistant. 

Capitol’s Chadwick Germany will serve as head coach for the Black Knights.?East Ascension assistant coach Jason Brown will also be an assistant. Former East Ascension head coach Van Lambert will serve as honorary coach.

Central’s Sid Edwards will be the head coach of the Black Knights. Dutchtown’s Chris Carrier will coach the defensive backs.

The Rough Riders’ roster features Donaldsonville running back Bryant Dunn, Ascension Catholic offensive lineman Frankie Sotile and Donaldsonville offensive lineman Dwight Wright.

East Ascension defensive lineman Q’Dareus Lomas, St. Amant offensive lineman Marvin Martin and defensive lineman John Williams and kicker Grant Auzene, both from Dutchtown will play for  the Black Knights.

The Black Knights defeated the then Donaldsonville head coach Gary Adkins’ Rough Riders 22-20 last season.

Donaldsonville’s Champlain Babin was named outstanding skill player in the Black Knights’ 22-0 victory two years ago after rushing for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

The Gators defeated the Knights, 9-0, in the 2006 game. Former East Ascension head coach Billy Beasley was the head coach of the Knights.

In 2005, the River Pilots defeated the Oilers, coached by Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia, 21-14. East Ascension’s Marlon Bassett was named the outstanding lineman for the Oilers.

Spartans’ kicker Blake Bercegeay was named the outstanding player for the Great 8 in its 20-3 loss to the Capital City All-Stars in 2004.

Teams practiced till today, leading up to a flurry of activity Saturday which starts at 7 a.m. with a Beef Cook Off to be held at the Pennington Biomedical Center grounds.

Also scheduled are a half-mile and five-kilometer run to benefit the Wounded Warriors at 8 a.m., an exhibition at 9 a.m. by the 101st Airborne Division Parachute Demonstration Team, the “Screaming Eagles and an antique car show at 11:30 a.m.