Ascension Catholic falls to Episcopal

Staff reports

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs lost to Class 2A’s Episcopal 37-0 in their home opener at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium.  

The visiting Knights struck early with a 63-yard-touchdown from quarterback Vincent Dellecono to running back Mike Henry.  

The Bulldogs moved the ball on their first possession only to see the drive end with a dropped pass on a third down attempt. The Knights took over and added a 60-yard touchdown from Dellecono to wide receiver Brian Bridgewater. The Knights led 14-0 after the first quarter.  

The Bulldog offense stalled in the second quarter and the Knights hit pay dirt again with a 14-yard Henry touchdown run. Ascension Catholic squandered a scoring opportunity in the second quarter trailing 20-0 as senior linebacker Blane Falsetta recovered an Episcopal fumble at the Knights 1-yard line.  

The Episcopal defense held the Bulldogs on four downs for six yards and prevented Ascension Catholic from getting on the board. The second half was similar to the first half with Episcopal adding another long touchdown pass from Dellecono to Jarrell Rogers and a 28-yard field goal by Austin Couvillian.

“The Knights have a good team and they are stronger and faster than we are,” Bulldogs head coach Rick Bolotte said. “Travis Bourgeois is a classy coach and we enjoy playing his team, they should do real well in Class 2A.”  

Bolotte added “my team was not intimidated, just overmatched, the rest of our schedule is against Class 1A teams, and we should be able to compete.”

Ascension Catholic was led by freshman running back Jaquel Wade with 53 yards on the ground on seven attempts. Senior quarterback Collin Rowland was 14-of-20 for 85 yards with two interceptions; both interceptions were balls that deflected off of receivers’ hands.  Junior Thomas Gros led ACHS with six receptions.  

On defense, DJ Latino led the Bulldogs with 13 tackles.

The Bulldogs dropped to 0-2 on the season and Episcopal moved to 2-0.  

ACHS will be back at home in Donaldsonville Friday against False River. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on KKAY 1590 AM with a 6:45 p.m. pregame start.