Spartans mauled by the Bears in district opener

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Catholic's Clyde Edwards-Helaire gives East Ascension's Johnny Baker a stiff-arm in his 222-yard performance. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

Catholic High of Baton Rouge may no longer have Derrius Guice, but they still have Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and he shredded the East Ascension defense last Friday night.

Playing at Olympia Stadium in the District 5-5A opener, the Bears dominated the Spartans with a 34-6 victory to hand East Ascension their third loss in their last four games.

The Spartans came into the contest with some confidence after beating previously undefeated St. Charles with a late-game field goal by Cale Kernan.

However, from the very start, Catholic took control.

Their defense held East Ascension quarterback Kyran Irvin to just 28 yards passing, and they forced four Spartan turnovers.

Guice has been doing big things at LSU as a true freshman. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week after a career-high 161 yards rushing against South Carolina.

Edwards-Helaire has picked up where Guice has left off for the Bears.

After an errant snap on a punt resulted in Catholic taking over inside East Ascension's 10-yard line, Edwards-Helaire scored on a short pass to give the Bears an early 7-0 lead.

On the Spartans' next drive, Irvin was picked off by Daniel Guilbeau. The interception was returned deep inside East Ascension territory.

Catholic quickly made them pay for the mistake as Edwards-Helaire broke free on a 20-yard touchdown run to give the Bears a 14-0 advantage.

After a Johnny Baker interception, East Ascension was in the perfect position to cut into the lead, but yet another turnover cursed them.

Irvin was stripped of the ball at the Bear 2-yard line, ending the scoring threat.

Right before the half, Catholic went on their best drive of the game as they marched 73 yards. Parker Fontenot drilled a 27-yard field.

Irvin and the Spartans quickly moved downfield--reaching the Catholic 5-yard line, but they ran out of time. The Bears headed into halftime with a 17-0 lead.

East Ascension's offense went back to work to start the third.

After a 60-yard kick return by Lamarcus Jefferson, Irvin scored on a 35-yard run to cut into the Bear lead.

That lead didn't take long to get expanded. Catholic rapidly marched downfield and scored on a four-yard touchdown pass from Ian Brian to Blair Bogan.

Leading 24-6, East Ascension pinned Catholic back at their own 2-yard line. On their first play, Edwards-Helaire exploded for a 98-yard touchdown.

To finish things off, Catholic added another Fontenot field goal in the fourth quarter to pull away with the 34-6 victory.

Edwards-Halaire terrorized the Spartan defense with 222 yards rushing and an additional 96 yards receiving with three total touchdowns.

Irvin piled up 173 yards rushing and a score for East Ascension, but he could only muster 28 yards in the passing game.