East Ascension improves to 3-0 record with win over Walker

Michael Tortorich
East Ascension running back Jarmarcus Jarvis carries against Walker Friday night at Spartan Stadium. Jarvis ran for 177 yards and scored on a 15-yard carry. East Ascension improved to 3-0 with the 37-20 win.

First-year head coach Paul Bourgeois has the East Ascension Spartans off to a 3-0 start this season.

The Spartans pulled away late for a 37-20 win over Walker Friday night.

The visiting Wildcats put together their best drive of the night with East Ascension leading 23-20. Spartans linebacker Ja’Lon Watts sparked the momentum swing when he recorded a tackle for a loss on third down and a sack on fourth.

In the closing seven minutes, the Spartans iced the win when running back Sione Palelei broke away on a 53-yard touchdown carry. Fellow running back Jarmarcus Jarvis put the game out of reach when he scored on a 15-yard scoring run. It was his third of the night, as he also scored on runs of 45 and 40 yards. Jarvis finished with 177 yards.

“Jarmarcus is a great running back,” East Ascension offensive coordinator Keragan McCready said. “We were waiting for him to have a game like he had Friday night. We tell him every week that he’s special.”

East Ascension’s Mason Decoteau kicked four extra points and connected on a 32-yard field goal.

Spartans quarterback Adam Miller threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Deandrus Ennis to round out the scoring.

Bourgeois said he learned a lot about the team by the way they handled the challenge late in the game as Walker had momentum.

The Wildcats, who fell to 0-3, were led by Carlton Perkins’s touchdown runs of 1 and 74 yards. Shaun Lowe added a 3-yard scoring run, which he set up with a 47-yard carry.

Walker’s first points of the game, and the season, came off of an interception by Chase Biotnot.

East Ascension answered on the next play from scrimmage as Jarvis broke free along the right side for a 45-yard scoring scamper. He added his 40-yard touchdown run minutes later in the second quarter.

A 45-yard passing play from Miller to Chad Hill set up Decoteau’s field goal late in the second, extending the Spartans lead to 17-7.

The Spartans host Mandeville Friday, a 3-0 team that has posted wins over Parkview Baptist, Catholic and Jewl Sumner so far this season.

East Ascension defensive end Dalton Samanie finishes a tackle against Walker Friday.