St. Amant and East Ascension to decide district title

It's Week 10 and Ascension Parish arguably has the best game in prep football on Friday. East Ascension and St. Amant have identical 8-1 overall records, but the Spartans have a slight edge being undefeated in district.

"Week 10 at home, big game atmosphere, share of the district on the line, power rankings — it’s big as you get," St. Amant coach David Oliver said.

The Spartans are currently No. 3 and the Gators are No. 6 in the Class 5 unofficial power rankings.

"We are very excited. This is more than a rivalry game due to outright district championship and power rankings. We can be as high as No. 2 with a win," East Ascension coach Darnell Lee said.

Big-time players will be looked at to make big plays, and both teams have their share of good players.

"The Spartan defense is so fast, big up front, and Jimel London is a special talent," Oliver said. "We think they are solid in all three phases. That return game is real good."

"St. Amant has good players on all three levels in DT Johnny Johnson, LB Jacoby Landry and DB KJ Franklin," Lee said.

The offenses are quite different with schemes, but one thing in common is the solid quarterback play on both teams.

"Halen Miller (Gators) can throw and run. He is a solid quarterback," Lee said. "We think quarterback Jason Wakefield has been solid, can really run their offense."

Looking at both teams in all three phases, the difference is not very noticeable. This game will come down to turnovers, and both defenses have feasted on opponents' miscues. The Pit will be packed — most of Ascension Parish will be there.

The Gators took a one-game lead in the series after last year's win. If you don't have a ticket for this one, phone a friend. It’s not a game you want to miss.

The cross-parish rivalry heats up all week with Shout Out Week activities, including the 16th Spartan/Gator Tailgate Shout Out event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. This community pep rally awards the Spirit Stick to the loudest school after a shouting contest.

Football results Week 9

Ascension Catholic (7-2)

13-7 loss to Kentwood

Next: vs. St. John on Thursday

Bulldogs scored first on Jai Williams touchdown

Defensive battle and Roos scored go-ahead touchdown with 2:51 in fourth quarter

Dogs defense held Roos to 197 total yards led by Dillion Davis up front

Championship game atmosphere under the water tower

Rival game vs. Eagles this week

Top four seed in reach

Ascension Christian (6-3)

33-0 loss to Ville Platte

Next: at Slaughter Charter

Tough night for Lions

Seven-win season would be a good boost for program

No playoffs due to not playing for district honors

Donaldsonville (7-2)

44-0 win vs. Haynes

Next: at DeLaSalle on Thursday

Tigers offense exploded and defense got second shutout of the season

Tigers looking to host in first round, will be close

Dutchtown (5-4)

20-0 loss to Catholic

Next: at McKinley

Griffins had a tough time generating offense after quarterback Ben Mays was out of the game

Defense only gave up 68 yards passing to Bears

Need win in Week 10 for a chance to host first-round playoff game

East Ascension (8-1)

16-0 win vs. McKinley

Next: at St. Amant

Spartans shut out Panthers, gave up 157 total yards and collected four turnovers

Jason Wakefield connected with Tyrek Johnson for touchdown

Jimel London’s 70-yard touchdown

Outright district championship on the line in Week 10 against the Gators

St. Amant (8-1)

41-6 win vs. Broadmoor

Next: vs. EA at The Pit

Grant Alexander and KJ Franklin scored two touchdowns for Gators

Gator defense held Bucs to 112 yards

Cade Nelson held out, will be ready for Week 10

Gators can share title with Spartans with a win

Updated power rankings

Ascension Catholic: 3 in D4

Donaldsonville: 15 in 3A

Dutchtown: 19 in 5A

East Ascension: 5 in 5A

St. Amant: 7 in 5A

Ascension Parish volleyball playoff seeding

Division 1

East Ascension (3) earns first-round bye and plays winner of St. Amant and Destrehan

Dutchtown (6) earns first-round bye and plays winner of Archbishop Chapelle and Airline

St. Amant (14) hosts Destrehan (19)

Division 5

Ascension Catholic (11) hosts Highland Baptist (22)

Ascension Christian (15) hosts Westminister Christian (18)

Regional winners advance to the All State Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Volleyball State Tournament in Kenner, Nov. 9-11

Troy LeBoeuf covers sports for the Ascension Advocate. He can be reached at troyleboeuf@hotmail.com or ascension@theadvocate.com or on Twitter @Troyleboeuf.