Ascension Athletics for June 16, 2016 _lowres

Lyle Johnson

Anytime the East Ascension and St. Amant football teams hit the field against one another, there’s excitement in the air. Friday’s jamboree game was no different. A defensive stop with less than two minutes remaining by East Ascension gave the Spartans a 21-14 win.

The Spartans took advantage of a fumble and an interception as they ran up a 21-0 first-half lead. The first turnover led to the Spartans’ first score. Gators quarterback Hayden Mallory completed his first four passes; that got them to midfield on their opening drive. But the fifth pass bounced off the chest of Larson Fontenot right into the hands of Maurshaud Melancon.

Five plays later, Raekwon Mackyeon ran it in on an end-around and the Spartans had a 6-0 lead five minutes into the game. After a quick three-and-out, East Ascension drove 58 yards in 10 plays to push its lead to 14-0. Spartan quarterback Kyran Irvin hit Jamien Sampson from 9 yards out for the touchdown, and Irvin ran in for the two-point conversion.

The second turnover for the Gators came with less than two minutes to go in the half as lineman Jayvin Johnson recovered an errant St. Amant snap at the Gators’ 10-yard line. Irvin subsequently ran it in over the right guard for the 4-yard touchdown.

St. Amant had some soul searching to do at halftime, and the Gators rallied on the arm of Mallory, who was 15 of 21 for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. Mallory’s two scores were passes of 10 yards to Jacob Cheatwood and a 5-yarder to Larson Fontenot. The Gators mounted a mighty final drive that started on their 20 before it ended in the EA red zone.

Irvin led the Spartans with 76 yards rushing with a touchdown and threw for another 88 yards with one touchdown pass. Mallory finished the game 19 of 29 for 229 yards. Fontenot was the top target, catching nine passes for 103 yards. Briggs Bourgeois caught five passes for 68 yards.

The Gators will travel to face Live Oak in their season opener at 7 p.m. Friday, and the Spartans will travel to face the Yellow Jackets of Denham Springs at 7 p.m. Friday.

Griffins defeat Yellow Jackets

Dutchtown got a 21-14 win over Denham Springs in the LeBlanc Food Stores Jamboree on Aug. 27 at Dutchtown. A 40-yard touchdown pass from Jared Sparks to Brandon Ricca with 3:28 left in the game was the winning margin.

Sparks hit on 8 of 10 passes in the game for 129 yards and racked up 40 yards rushing for the Griffins. Fitell Bolding scored on 1-yard and 5-yard runs that accounted for the other two touchdowns for Dutchtown.

Dutchtown set the pace early on as they took the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards for a touchdown. A 27-yard run by Sparks highlighted the drive, along with a 14-yard Sparks-to-Ricca pass that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Bolding with 9:23 left. The Griffins led 14-0 at halftime.

Denham Springs started the second half with what looked like a comeback drive. Yellow Jackets running back Trye Golmond broke loose for a 35-yard run that gave the Yellow Jackets a first down at the Griffins’ 25. A sack of quarterback Torez Kinchen by Dutchtown defensive back Diondre Brock for a 10-yard loss forced a punt.

Dutchtown scored the game-winning touchdown after an 8-yard touchdown run by Sparks was called back by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Griffins faced a third-and-goal situation from the DSHS 40-yard line. Sparks hit Ricca in stride with a slant pass that made it 21-7 with 3:28 remaining.

The Yellow Jackets’ Kinchen closed the gap with a 34-yard touchdown pass to De’Juante Edwards with 1:39 left. The Griffins took control of the ball and ran out the clock to secure their 21-14 win.

Dutchtown will host the Lutcher Bulldogs on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in their season opener.

Ascension Catholic demolishes Houma Christian

In his debut as head football coach, Drey Trosclair and his Ascension Catholic High Bulldogs bulldozed over Houma Christian in Friday’s jamboree win at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium by the score of 32-0.

ACHS wide receiver Kaleb Winchester scored three of the five touchdowns that were put on the scoreboard . Winchester began his scoring barrage by taking in a screen pass from Daniel Mattingly and running it in for the score. Winchester’s second score was sandwiched in between a Javon Yarbrough short run for a touchdown, giving the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead. The score came on a screen to the left with the agile athlete diving over a would-be tackler into the end zone.

With eight seconds left in the half, senior quarterback D.C. Mattingly scored the fourth Bulldog touchdown with a scramble up the middle for 14 yards that brought him into the end zone. Ascension Catholic held a 26-0 lead at half.

Winchester finished up the Bulldog scoring rampage by breaking free on an 81-yard run for a touchdown. The defense held the Houma team scoreless to cap off a great first night for Trosclair and his staff and players.

The Bulldogs will open the regular season Thursday, Sept. 3, against Catholic of Pointe Coupee. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium.

Lions get a win and a tie in jamboree games

Ascension Christian worked their way into a 14-0 victory over Ecole Classique in Metairie on Friday night in their first game at the Ecole Classique Jamboree. The Lions generated 108 total yards of offense with three first downs and two touchdowns compared with 47 total yards and one first down for the Spartans.

Quarterback Chris Middleton led the offense with 3-6 passing for 30 yards while running for 23 yards, as well. Ricky Martinez had two carries for 27 yards and Ian Carter added both extra points.

In game two, the Lions had a great offensive effort but couldn’t punch it in for a score as they fought the Ridgewood Golden Eagles to a 0-0 tie. The Lions rushed for 78 yards, got 17 yards through the air and had three first downs.

The Lions will travel to Gueydan to face the Bears in their regular-season opener at 7 p.m. Sept. 4.

Donaldsonville loses to St. James

The Donaldsonville Tigers took one on the chin as the St. James Wildcats ran up 260 yards of offense and the defense held Donaldsonville to minus-2 yards in offense to wallop the Tigers 30-0 at the Wildcat Jamboree.

Donaldsonville went three-and-out on their first possession in an unfortunate pattern that would repeat itself often in the game. The Wildcats scored three times and led 20-0 at the half. Their defense allowed only one first down to the Tigers’ offense.

We’ll see how the Tigers respond in the regular-season opener against the Assumption Mustangs at home in Floyd Boutte stadium at 7 p.m. Friday.

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at reel man@eatel.net or ascension@theadvocate.com.