East Ascension drops Denham Springs, 42-33

Staff reports
East Ascension center Jake Stoehr prepares for a snap along with the offensive line, including Eric Martin (No. 56) and wide receiver Deandrus Ennis (No. 10).

DENHAM SPRINGS – East Ascension improved to 4-1 Friday, closing out the nondistrict slate with a 42-33 win over Denham Springs.

East Ascension running back Jarmarcus Jarvis scored three touchdowns, while fellow runner Sione Palelei accounted for two scores. The pair led the way in East Ascension’s 342-yard rushing effort.

Spartans quarterback Adam Miller threw a pair of touchdowns, an 86-yard pass to Jarvis and a 10-yard play to Palelei. The Spartans passed for 177 yards.

East Ascension kicker Mason Decoteau connected on all six of the point-after tries.

Both teams entered the Yellow Jackets’ homecoming game with 3-1 records. East Ascension enters District 5-5A play Friday with the homecoming game against McKinley.

Led by Miller’s efficient play on offense, the Spartans jumped out to a 28-13 lead in the first half. A senior, Miller completed his first five pass attempts. He finished 11-of-15 passing with one interception.

East Ascension also found a spark in backup quarterback Deandrus Ennis, who made his mark on his first snap of the game. Out of the shotgun formation, he ran 60 yards up the middle to set up Palelei’s 3-yard touchdown.

Jarvis led the Spartans with 143 yards and pair of scores on 14 carries. He also added 102 yards and touchdown on four catches.

Ennis compiled 65 yards on four tripes. He also tallied three catches for 29 yards.

The Yellow Jackets were able to pull back into the game with two unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter.

The Spartans strugged with penalties, accounting for 18 that totaled 180 yards.

East Ascension was able to put the game away when Jarvis broke away for a 76-yard score late in the fourth quarter.

East Ascension head coach Paul Bourgeois noted that the visitors had to battle back.

“They fought hard,”?he said of the Yellow Jackets. “I?was proud of our guys because we kept playing hard too.”

Denham Springs quarterback Kyle Cedotal finished 15-of-28 passing for 225 yards, three scores and an interception.

Cedotal helped the Yellow Jackets mount a comeback with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Dron Singleton. The quarterback also ran for a 5-yard score, and threw another to Justin Turner on a 37-yard pass in the fourth quarter.

Denham Springs head coach Dru Nettles said his team missed opportunities in all three aspects of the game.

The Spartans opened the scoring when Miller connected with Jarvis on an 86-yard touchdown pass play.

Miller struck again when he thre a 30-yard scoring pass to Tyler Briley.

After Palelei’s 2-yard touchdown carry, Jarvis scored from 40 yards out.