Bulldogs feast on Lion turnovers in 47-0 blowout win

Kyle Riviere
Jamar Barber led Ascension Catholic with 133 yards rushing and a score in the Bulldogs' 47-0 win. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Tenth-ranked Covenant Christian came into Friday night’s road matchup with Ascension Catholic looking for five wins, but instead, they found themselves on the wrong end of five turnovers.

The results were disastrous.

The No. 13 Bulldogs took full advantage of the Lion miscues and held Covenant Christian to just 103 total yards in what became an emphatic 47-0 blowout.

“I can’t say enough about the week of practice these guys had preparing, knowing that we had a top-10 team coming into town for our homecoming game,” Ascension Catholic head coach Drey Trosclair said. “That’s a good football team over there. They were 4-0 coming into this game.

“We knew we had to play a really good football game and execute. We couldn’t have penalties and things like that. We couldn’t turn the ball over, and our guys did a phenomenal job of executing the game plan.”

Things looked promising for the Lions to start the game as they put together a 12-play, 68-yard opening drive that reached the Bulldog 12-yard line, but they were forced to settle for a field goal.

The snap was off, and Ascension Catholic recovered it at their own 20.

That was the closest Covenant Christian would come to scoring.

On the Lions’ second drive, they fumbled at their own 14-yard line. One play later, Bulldog running back Jai Williams scored to make it 7-0 just two plays into the second quarter.

Later, Covenant Christian muffed a punt that was recovered by Ascension Catholic at the Lion 7. One play later, running back Jamar Barber scored to make it 14-0.

On Covenant Christian’s next drive, they put the ball on the ground again. Williams recovered the fumble and returned it 40 yards for a score.

And to end the half, Ascension Catholic went on a long drive that ended with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Bubba Gautreau to Rodney Blanchard to give the Bulldogs a commanding 27-0 lead at the break.

In the second half, Ascension Catholic added 12 and 52-yard touchdown runs by Williams and a 27-yard touchdown scamper by Dorian Barber to make it 47-0.

“Our guys did a great job of responding throughout the night, causing turnovers on defense and special teams. So, I’m really excited with the way they played, and hopefully, we can start getting a little recognition,” Trosclair said.

Barber led Ascension Catholic with 133 yards and one touchdown, while Williams piled up 83 yards and three scores on just six carries.

Gautreau went 6-13 for 61 yards and a touchdown through the air.

Defensively, Williams had the fumble recovery for a touchdown and an interception. Eric Simon, Jr. also had an interception and a fumble recovery.

Overall, Covenant Christian had just 103 total yards. Only 17 of those yards came through the air.

The victory improved the Bulldogs to a perfect 5-0. They have won their first five games by a combined score of 230-43.

“It’s the way that these kids prepare and the way that they come to the film room on Saturday and Sundays,” Trosclair said. “It’s the way they take the practice field every day with a sense of urgency to get better than they were the day before. If these guys do that, the sky is the limit for them. They have tremendous potential as a football team. They worked really hard to get to this point, and the best is yet to come.”