East Ascension and St. Amant bounce back with wins

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's Richard Williams helped lead the Gator rushing attack in their 46-0 win over L.W. Higgins. Photo by Furlow's Photography.

Just like Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant both rebounded from tough losses in week one to convincingly earn their first victories.

Even though the Gators lost their opener, they put up a game effort--taking nationally-ranked Warren Easton to the wire and only coming inches away from possibly tying the game and sending it into overtime.

The performance seemed to only make their confidence grow as they hosted L.W. Higgins last Friday night.

St. Amant dominated from the opening snap and earned the shutout win 46-0.

They did most of their damage in the first half.

They opened things up with a one-yard touchdown run by Richard Williams, and quarterback Tyler Dixon continued the fireworks.

He threw 13 and 47-yard touchdown passes and then broke loose on a 45-yard touchdown sprint to help the Gators run off to a 34-0 halftime lead.

For the second straight week, the Gator offense put up big numbers. They piled up 159 yards on the ground and 483 total yards.

The victory evened up St. Amant's record. This Friday night, they'll be hosting their third straight home game as they welcome 1-1 H.L. Bourgeois to The Pit.

Meanwhile, East Ascension played their first home game since installing new grass over the summer. They christened the new field with a much-needed 42-27 victory over 3A Patterson.

The Spartans desperately needed some positives to hang their hats on after a disappointing 49-24 blowout loss to 4A Plaquemine in their season opener.

In that game, East Ascension fell down 21-3 and could never recover. This time, it was the Spartans that jumped out to the big early lead.

East Ascension scored on their opening drive as running back Josh Walker made a catch and exploded 52 yards for a touchdown.

Quarterback Kyrin Irvin kept the big plays coming as he scored on a 15-yard run and in the second quarter, he tossed another touchdown pass--this one from 31 yards out to put the Spartans up 21-0.

It looked like East Ascension was ready to blow Patterson out of the stadium, but the Lumberjacks refused to be axed so quickly.

Patterson receiver Daylon Charlot--an Alabama commit--showed why he's an SEC talent as he caught two touchdown passes--one for 31 yards and another for 71.

The two quick scores cut the Spartan lead to 21-14, but Walker responded with a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to put East Ascension back on top by 14.

Patterson tried their best to make up ground. In the third quarter, they got a touchdown grab from Shay Ragas, but East Ascension always had an answer.

After the Spartan defense made a huge stand inside their own 10-yard line, Walker sparked the offense once again with another big touchdown catch--this one from 41 yards out--giving East Ascension a 42-21 lead.

The Lumberjacks added a late touchdown but by then, the Spartans were in total command as they finished off the 42-27 victory.

The win put East Ascension's record at 1-1. They're now set to take a road trip and play 3A St. Charles--a team that sits at 2-0.

Other parish football scores:

Ascension Catholic (2-0) 24

Dunham (0-2)               23

Ascension Christian (1-1) 12

Crescent City (0-2)           8