Spartans dominate all phases in road shutout
In a clash of unbeatens on Friday night, East Ascension showed why the Louisiana Sports Writers Association had them ranked so highly entering the week.
The fifth-ranked Spartans went on the road to face 2-0 Thibodaux and dominated the Tigers from start to finish. The result was an overwhelming 35-0 shutout victory that improved East Ascension’s record to a perfect 3-0.
The Spartans were coming off of an impressive road victory over Parkview Baptist in which they overcame an early 15-0 deficit. They reeled off 26 unanswered points in what became a 33-23 win.
No comeback was needed against Thibodaux on Friday night.
On East Ascension’s second possession of the game, the Spartans marched 49 yards in just six plays. The drive was capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by C.J. Street to give them a 7-0 lead with just over four minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
The Spartan defense forced a quick three-and-out and got their offense the ball back at the Thibodaux 40-yard line.
On East Ascension’s first play, quarterback Jason Wakefield hit receiver Shaivonn Robinson for a 40-yard score to give them a 14-0 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The Spartan offense kept rolling before halftime.
Late in the second quarter, Steven McBride added an 18-yard touchdown run to give East Ascension a commanding 21-0 lead at the break.
Thibodaux’s offense finally showed some signs of life to begin the third quarter. They put together a promising drive that got them inside the Spartan 10-yard line.
However, the East Ascension defense stood firm and made a goal-line stand.
With the Spartan offense taking over on downs, they marched 91 yards in eight plays. The drive was capped off by a 41-yard touchdown run by Evan Copeland.
The touchdown gave them a 28-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
There, East Ascension added their final score of the game late. Running back Jeffrey Hills galloped in from 38 yards out to put the finishing touches on a 35-0 blowout victory.
The Spartans had 279 total yards. Their attack was very balanced as they chalked up 203 yards on the ground and 172 yards through the air.
Copeland led the rushing attack as he chewed up 118 yards and a score on just 11 carries.
McBride pulled in three catches for 76 yards. He also had two carries for 21 yards and a touchdown.
Still, it was the Spartan defense that was the most impressive aspect of their victory. They held Thibodaux to just 169 total yards. This included just 43 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Luke Alleman was only able to complete 15 of 44 passes against the East Ascension secondary, and running back Feronte Miller had just 36 yards on 14 carries.
After two straight road trips, the 3-0 Spartans will now prepare for a home game against 1-2 Cecilia. Cecilia is coming off of their first victory of the year, a 49-34 win over Crowley.
Last season, East Ascension went on the road and beat the Bulldogs, 44-31.