Spartans and Lions earn wins in season finales

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
East Ascension was able to secure the No. 27 seed in the playoffs after winning three straight games. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

Like St. Amant, both East Ascension and Ascension Christian were able to end their 2016 regular seasons with impressive victories.

The Spartans came into their home finale against district foe Broadmoor desperately seeking a win, as their playoff chances hung in the balance.

Coming into the contest, they were outside looking in when it came to the postseason picture. However, sitting at No. 34 in the power standings and with the four teams ahead of them heading into the week as underdogs, a win over the Buccaneers was crucial.

From the very beginning, the Spartans took control. They raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead and never looked back, eventually winning, 34-6.

East Ascension began their scoring in the first quarter with a nine-yard touchdown run by Ralph Williams.

Then, the Spartan defense took control.

First, Central Florida commit Justin Harris recovered a fumble and returned it 12 yards for a score. Not long afterwards, Dylan Williams intercepted a pass in the East Ascension end zone and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown.

To close out the scoring before halftime, Gabe Bourgeois caught a touchdown pass to put the Spartans up 28-0 at the break.

They tacked on their final score in the second half when Bourgeois pulled in another touchdown grab.

Broadmoor's only score of the game came from their defense, when Joshua Smith came through with a 45-yard pick-six.

The victory allowed East Ascension to close out the regular season with three straight victories after beginning the year with an 0-6 record.

The Spartans' early-season troubles were a result of an absolutely brutal schedule. All six of their losses came to teams that made the playoffs with a combined record of 50-10.

Things set up perfectly for East Ascension. With multiple teams that were ranked ahead of them taking falls in week 10, the Spartans were able to squeeze into the playoffs as the No. 27 seed.

This Friday night, they'll have to go on the road to face No. 6 Ruston. Ruston went 8-2 during the regular season.

Another team that finished 8-2 during the season was Ascension Christian.

The Lions beat district rival East Iberville, 35-20, on the road last Friday night to capture their eighth victory of the season--a new school record.

Ascension Christian fell down 14-8 early in the second quarter, but they responded with a 27-0 run that helped them cinch the victory.

Down 6, the Lions drove 40 yards in seven plays and took a 15-14 lead with a one-yard touchdown run by Brye Templet.

To start the third quarter, Ascension Christian marched 85 yards in seven plays and extended their advantage with a 40-yard touchdown connection between Peyton Bahlinger and Ian Carter.

To end the period, the Lion offense struck again. Bahlinger hit Carter for a 15-yard score to put them up 28-14.

Their scoring barrage finally came to a close in the fourth quarter when Templet came through with another rushing touchdown.

Bahlinger threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 23 yards on the ground.

Carter was his favorite target as he made six grabs for 148 yards and two touchdowns. K’Von Delone had four catches for 75 yards.

Templet led all Lions rushers with 61 yards and two scores.

The win gave Ascension Chrisitan an 8-2 record to finish the regular season. Unfortunately, because the Lions didn’t play a full district schedule, they were ineligible to make the playoffs.