Ascension Catholic improves to 6-2 with blowout win
Ascension Catholic came into Friday night's game against Ascension Christian a wounded team, but that wouldn't stop them from emphatically collecting their sixth win 42-14
The Bulldogs were fresh off of a crushing 62-21 loss to West St. John that ended a four-game winning streak. And as added salt to their wounds, Ascension Catholic lost a few starters to injuries in the defeat. The Lions looked like the perfect bounce-back opponent as they entered the contest winless.
However, early on, the hungry and under-manned Ascension Christian squad was able to keep things close.
After two long, time-consuming Lion drives and after they picked off Bulldog quarterback D.J. Latino, the game was scoreless heading into the second quarter. Amazingly, the Latino interception was the only play Ascension Catholic ran in the entire opening period.
They finally got back on track mid-way through the second quarter when they exploded for 21 quick points.
First, Gilbert Allen got a toss to the outside, broke a tackle and sprinted his way into the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown.
The Bulldogs quickly got the ball back when Delmond Landry intercepted an attempted flare pass from his defensive end position. Ascension Catholic turned the turnover into a score when Latino hit Jacquel Wade on a throwback, and he took it in for an easy 11-yard touchdown.
Ascension Christian fumbled away the ball on their next drive, and the Bulldogs turned it into a quick seven points before the half.
Latino hit Thomas Gros. Gros broke a tackle, reversed field and took it 40 yards for another Ascension Catholic touchdown to give them a 21-0 halftime lead despite the sluggish start.
"We had a decent week of practice. I thought they were ready to play tonight; I really did," Bulldog head coach Doug Moreau said. "We didn't play well in the first half, but a lot of that is due to the fact that we need to get some of our guys back. We just have a lot of people hurt right now."
Ascension Catholic's dominance continued right where it left off to start the third quarter. Wade returned the opening kickoff of the second half 77 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 28-0.
And the Bulldogs took a 42-0 lead into the third quarter after Patrick Butler chalked up a three-yard touchdown run, and Latino scored on a one-yard option-keeper.
Ascension Christian never gave up though. They fought hard throughout the fourth and got two scores. to make the score look a little more respectable.
Despite the loss, the Lions got a solid performance from Min Yoo —who carried the ball 10 times for 101 yards. However, the rest of the Ascension Christian squad could only add 61 to their yardage total.
Ascension Catholic gained 307 yards with Latino leading the way. He completed four of six passes for 95 yards and two scores while running for 80 more yards and a touchdown.
With the win, the Bulldogs upped their record to 6-2—already two more victories than they had all of last year. Most importantly, they're 2-1 in district play.
They'll try to keep things rolling this week as they host another district foe in 3-4 East Iberville.
Moreau thinks his team will be just fine as long as they stay disciplined and continue to improve.
"We have to focus on one opponent at a time," Moreau said. "We have the chance to have a special season if we can play well. We have a big game next week; it's senior night, so hopefully we can clean up all of the mess we had tonight and see if we can do a better job of playing defense and executing on offense."