EA gets second straight win, Dutchtown falls short

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Josh Walker rushed for 117 yards and a score in East Ascension's 42-35 victory over St. Charles. Photo by Dewey Keller.

East Ascension and Dutchtown seemed to mimic each other in the first two weeks of the season.

They both opened with losses to 4A powers and then bounced back with double-digit home victories over 3A squads in week two

The pattern broke down last Friday night as East Ascension won a road shootout against St. Charles, and Dutchtown fell short against second-ranked Destrehan.

The Griffins got a little bit of their swagger back in week two as they blanked parish rival Donaldsonville 43-0, but they didn't have time to relish the victory

They had to go on the road to face a second-ranked Destrehan squad chocked-full of Division-I talents--a team that beat Dutchtown twice last year.

The Griffin defense put up an inspired effort--holding an explosive Wildcat offense to just 20 points, but they were held to just 10 points of their own.

Dutchtown took the lead in the second quarter after they picked off Destrehan quarterback Marquise Darensbourg and drove 38 yards--setting up a Justin Reid 38-yard field goal.

Destrehan quickly responded as they drove downfield and got a six-yard touchdown run from Will Matthews. It gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game at 6-3.

But Dutchtown kept making things tough. After the break, they drove deep into Destrehan territory, and Fitell Bolding gave them a 10-6 lead with a 10-yard touchdown run.

Unfortunately for the upset-minded Griffins, those were the last points they would score.

Highly-touted Destrehan receiver Kirk Merritt regained the lead for the Wildcats with a 72-yard touchdown run and from there, the Wildcat defense dominated.

Up 13-10 in the fourth, Destrehan's Austin Dickerson came through with an interception.

The Wildcats then fed the ball to Matthews, and he eventually scored on a one-yard touchdown run to salt away the 20-10 victory for Destrehan.

Matthews ended up rushing for 119 yards and two touchdowns while Merritt had seven catches for 88 yards and the 72-yard touchdown run.

The Dutchtown defense played very well--holding the Wildcats to just 341 total yards and 14 first downs, but they just couldn't get anything going offensively.

The stout Wildcat "D" held them to just 101 total yards with just 35 of those yards coming on the ground.

The loss dropped Dutchtown to 1-2. They'll try to even their record this week as they host undefeated Captain Shreve.

As the Griffins were losing, East Ascension was clinging to a 42-35 shootout victory over undefeated St. Charles.

However, early on, things were not looking good for the Spartans. They fell down 14-0 right out of the gates.

That's when their offense finally got something going. Kyran Irvin hit Ira Washington for a 50-yard score to cut the lead to 14-6.

Irvin then scored on a 13-yard touchdown run and then hit Kade Waguespack in the end zone for a successful two-point try to tie the game.

From there, the game went back and forth with each team trading touchdowns until a big East Ascension interception helped them take control.

With things tied at 28, the Spartans made St. Charles pay for the turnover when Irvin scored from one yard out--giving East Ascension the lead at 35-28.

The Spartans then took their biggest lead of the game when Irvin connected with Waguespack for a 76-yard score to put them up 42-28 in the fourth.

St. Charles added a late score to trim East Ascension's advantage to 42-35, but the Spartans were able to close things out for their second straight win.

It was also the second straight week that the East Ascension offense put up big numbers. In each of their wins, they scored 42 points. This time around, they amassed 423 total yards.

Irvin went 10-21 for 203 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He added 40 yards and two scores on the ground.

Waguespack had only two receptions, but they totaled 91 yards, and Josh Walker did the most damage on the ground for the Spartans--chewing up 117 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries.

Now at 2-1, things will get even more challenging this week for East Ascension.

They'll play their first 5A opponent of the season when they host undefeated Brother Martin.

Other parish scores:

Ascension Catholic (3-0) 23

Christian Life (1-2)         12

Ascension Christian (2-1) 39

Ridgewood (0-1)             21

Donaldsonville (2-1)        35

White Castle (2-1)           12