East Ascension suffers first defeat
East Ascension fell to Mandeville Friday night in Gonzales after surrendering a pair of touchdowns in the final quarter.
Mandeville’s 27-14 win marked the first loss for the Spartans under new head coach Paul Bourgeois.
The decisive scores came when Matt Bergeron threw a 21-yard touchdown to Daniel Demelo and Charles Jones broke a 58-yard scoring run. Prior to the long carry, East Ascension’s defense had held Mandeville to minus-18 yards rushing.
The Spartans (3-1) were the first on the scoreboard in the second when running back Jarmarcus Jarvis caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Adam Miller. Mason Decoteau added the extra point. Dennis Duronslet had a 23-yard punt return to set up the four-play, 37-yard scoring drive.
Mandeville (4-0) answered with a 48-yard scoring pass from Bergeron to Xavier Marcus.
Mandeville added to its lead when Marcus and Bergeron connected again with a 3-yard scoring pass.
East Ascension tied the game at 14-14 with 8:03 remaining when running back Sione Palelei scored on a 1-yard fourth-and-goal carry. Defensive back Shiervan Uersin returned an interception 30 yards to set up the touchdown.
The Spartans put together an 11-play drive that included an 18-yard screen pass from Miller to Palelei on fourth-and-7.
Miller finished 10-of-19 passing for 128 yards with a touchdown and interception.
Jarvis led the Spartans in receiver with four catches for 55 yards and a score.
Palelei carried for 44 yards on 14 attempts.
Mandeville head coach Guy Lecompte said the Spartans are a well-coached team.
“Those guys are playing hard,”?he said. “I was very impressed with them.”
Bourgeois said the Spartans still have room for improvement.
“It’s just a matter of all 22 (players) doing every play and we weren’t on that side tonight,”?he said.