It wasn’t like any of the folks for East Ascension or St. Amant didn’t have anything to do, you know, after the flood. But last week in our community is a special and very busy time for the parish football rivals.
It started off on Oct. 10 with 160 golfers playing in the 2016 Spartans/Gators Ryder Cup at Pelican Point Golf Course in Gonzales. The St. Amant Gators won the 2016 Ryder Cup with a score of 78.5-44.5.
The next day, both student bodies gathered at the soccer fields in Gonzales for what is now called the Golden Cup Games to compete in flag football, volleyball, washer boards, horseshoes and a Frisbee competition. The Spartans took home the 2016 Golden Cup trophy.
That was followed by the Spartans and Gators freshman and JV football teams gathered at Spartan Stadium on Burnside. The Gators freshman beat the Spartans freshman 28-14 and the Gators JV team beat the Spartans JV team 33-14.
The week continued with other activities, including the Shout Out pep rally and plate lunch sale.
By Friday, the organizers of this weeklong event were tired, but glad to donate money to both schools.
After several check presentations, the football game started.
For four quarters, the amicable relationship between the two squads ends and smash mouth football takes over. The night didn’t start off very pretty for the Spartans as St. Amant defensive back Jerrick Beckwith intercepted the Spartans' Cameron Schexnaydre on his first pass of the night for a pick-six and a 6-0 lead.
The Spartans came right back with an 80-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown as Schexnaydre hit receiver Keenen Dunn on a short throw for a 48-yard touchdown pass. Dunn turned the reception into a highlight reel touchdown as he shook off five defenders getting into the end zone, taking the lead 7-6.
St. Amant went on a long drive of 77 yards in seven plays as Cade Nelson ran it in from the 8-yard line, bringing the score to 13-6. The Gators scored the next two times they got the ball with a 46-yard pass from Hayden Mallory to Briggs Bourgeois and a 9-yard pass to Nelson for a 27-6 halftime lead.
The Gators (7-0, 2-0) went on to score three more touchdowns and two field goals in the second half to make the final score 54-6 in a dominating performance against the (0-7, 0-2) Spartans. As good as the offense has been for St. Amant, its defense has been outstanding as well. This night was no different as the Gators intercepted Schexnaydre twice, blocked two punts and recovering a muffed punt, all while allowing just 203 yards of total offense, allowing the Spartans only 68 yards in the second half.
Mallory finished with the night with 166 yards on 12-of-18 passing, hitting seven different receivers. Nelson led the team with 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 15 carries. Spartans quarterback Schexnaydre threw for 85 yards and a touchdown on 5-of-15 passing. Junior running back Ralph Williams led the Spartans running attack with 63 yards on 18 carries.
East Ascension will look for its first win of the season as it hosts Dutchtown at Spartan Field on Friday night at 7 p.m. St. Amant will travel to Baton Rouge to face a tough opponent in the Catholic High Bears on Friday night as well, with the kickoff at 7 p.m.
“I am excited about our team earning the opportunity to compete in Week 8 against Catholic High with a lot at stake for both teams. Our kids have worked hard and deserve success and I am excited they have experienced some,” St. Amant head coach David Oliver said.
Both teams are undefeated in regular season and district play.
Griffins lose heartbreaker to Panthers 26-13
The Dutchtown Griffins played what head coach Benny Saia called their first complete game last week, and it looked like they were on their way to another victory Friday night. But the McKinley Panthers played the spoiler in a come-from-behind win over the Griffins, 26-13.
About halfway through the third quarter, with the score tied 6-6, senior cornerback Adam Sparks broke up a pass by senior quarterback Bryant Lee in the end zone on fourth down, stopping a drive with 8:52 left.
The Griffins then went on a 76-yard advance that took just three plays. Dutchtown came up with a first down and on second-and-16 from the 30, senior running back Charles Davis III scampered through the middle of the Panther defense and outran several defenders for a 70-yard touchdown run with 7:40 to play in the third quarter. The Griffins pulled ahead 13-6.
The Panthers (3-4, 1-1) went on to score 20 unanswered points in the final quarter and a half that included two touchdowns in the last 7 minutes of the game. The Panthers came back with a 13-play, 51-yard drive that took more than 6 minutes off the clock with a 1-yard quarterback keeper up the middle by Lee. The Griffins (4-4, 1-1) still held a 13-12 lead with 1:29 left in the third quarter.
The Panthers defense forced a Griffins punt, taking over on their own 20 and went 80 yards in eight plays, taking the lead at 20-13 on Lee's 28-yard touchdown pass to LilJohn Lewis along the right sideline. Lee then hit receiver Tyreese Shaw in the end zone for a two-point conversion with 7:07 to play.
McKinley sealed the deal with one final touchdown after linebacker Eric Johnson intercepted a pass from quarterback Ben Mays. McKinley took seven plays and went 30 yards with Lewis scoring on a 2-yard sweep around right end with 3:51 remaining to make the final score 26-13.
Davis was the workhorse of the night for the Griffins as he had 17 carries for 108 yards. McKinley quarterback Lee passed for 144 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score on a 28-yard pass to receiver Lewis. Lee also rushed for one touchdown.
Dutchtown will face the East Ascension Spartans at Spartan Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday.
Donaldsonville wins over Baker, 26-22
The Donaldsonville Tigers took advantage of its defensive play to outscore the Baker Buffalos 26-22 on the road Friday night. The defense had 10 tackles for losses as Kadarrion Jones led the charge with four of his own. That stingy defense also recovered three fumbles. Outside linebacker sophomore Trevon Mitchell, junior middle linebacker Tray Thomas and junior nose guard D’ondre Fisher each pounced on one fumble each.
The Tigers will host Parkview Baptist at Floyd Boutte field on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Ascension Christian scores big win over St. John 52-28
The Lions of Ascension Christian used its high powered offense to outscore the St. John Eagles 52-28. The Lions improved their record to 5-2 on the season and will face Ecole Classique at home on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Bulldogs scorch Tigers 33-6
The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs football squad scored a dominating 33-6 victory over the East Iberville Tigers on Friday night. In their next game, the Bulldogs clash with the St. John Eagles on the road as they attempt to add to their (5-2, 2-1) record in a 1A District 6 match at 7 p.m. Friday.
Ascension Anglers high school team scores victory on Red River
The high school fishing team representing Ascension Anglers made a strong showing at the Louisiana High Schools Bassmasters Fall Qualifier fishing tournament held on the Red River in Colfax on Oct. 15.
One hundred thirty high school teams competed in the fishing tournament and the four Ascension-based teams placed in the top five to win the event, with total weight doubling the weights of the nearest high school team.
Coming in first place was the team of Cade Fortenberry and Brennan Edmond with a five-bass limit of 15.60 pounds. The team also had the Big Bass of the tournament that weighed in at 4.42 pounds. In second place was the team of Andres Barletta and Sam Bergeron with five bass weighing 8.92 pounds. In fourth place was Ethan Smart and Grant Bourque with five bass for 7.97 pounds and in fifth place was Caleb Mayer and Dane Balfantz with 7.31 pounds.