FOOTBALL

Bulldogs and Trosclair earn first win over CHSPC

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Ascension Catholic running back Jacob Lagrange (No. 24) and quarterback DC Mattingly (No. 12). Photo by Kyle Riviere.

On a special night for first-year head coach Drey Trosclair, his team showed just how special they were as they fought back from an 18-0 first-quarter deficit and trounced Catholic of Pointe Coupee, 53-25, at home.

Trosclair was jubilant after the game as he celebrated his first victory as a head coach.

"I can't say enough about these guys. I'm so proud of them," Trosclair said. "It was a big night for us. It was a big night for me personally, but more than anything, it was a great job by this football team."

But early on, the Hornets looked primed to spoil the Bulldogs' celebration.

Catholic returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and added a pick-six and a nine-play, 60-yard scoring drive to race out to an early 18-0 advantage.

With things looking bleak for Ascension Catholic, they caught a spark from quarterback DC Mattingly and went on a 53-point tear.

The Bulldogs got on the board at the end of the first quarter when Mattingly hit Jacoby Stewart for a 15-yard touchdown.

On Ascension Catholic's next drive, Mattingly scored on a 19-yard option-keeper.

The Bulldogs then took their first lead of the game when Kaleb Winchester got a handoff and exploded down the sideline for a 52-yard touchdown run.

Winchester went for another score on their next drive as he broke loose on an exhilarating run that would have made NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders proud. Winchester shook almost the entire Hornet defense to get into the end zone for a 41-yard touchdown.

Ascension Catholic went up 27-18 at the half, but they kept the momentum going in the third quarter.

Dillon Davis blocked a punt, and Bubba Gautreau recovered it in the end zone for another Bulldog score to extend the lead to 33-18.

Ascension Catholic went on to add three more scores.

Mattingly scored on a 16-yard option-keeper, Landon Landry ran in a three-yard touchdown and the Bulldogs ended their scoring barrage with a 68-yard touchdown pass from Mattingly to Dillon Vice.

Catholic scored a touchdown with 16 seconds left to make things look a little more respectable, but Ascension Catholic clinched the victory.

"We went down 18-0, and we did pretty much everything that we could have done wrong in that first quarter, but that shows the true character of our football team," Trosclair said. "We fought away, we fought away, and by the second quarter, we took the lead. We stepped on the gas from there. You have to give these kids credit for stepping up in a bad situation and overcoming adversity."

Mattingly had a huge game as he produced 234 total yards and four touchdowns.

Winchester only carried the ball six times but piled up 123 yards and two scores on those carries.

Jacob Lagrange added 62 yards rushing while Javon Yarbrough added 61.

"We made adjustment to the way that they were lining up," Trosclair said. "We got out of what our gameplan was because they didn't come out exactly like we thought they would. Once we made those adjustments, we were really able to successfully run the football. We rushed for a good bit of yards tonight."

Trosclair was right. The Bulldogs rushed for a booming 383 yards and accumulated 487 total yards.