St. Amant Gators knock off East Ascension Spartans with defense

The "Pit Crew" defense of St. Amant had to play big against East Ascension, according to the Gators' defensive staff, and it led to a 22-10 victory and a share of the District 5-5A title at home.

"Our defense played well as they normally do. Linebacker Reed Babin led the effort," coach David Oliver said.

The Gators got on the board in the second quarter when running back Cade Nelson scored from 17 yards out.

The Spartans came back and led 10-7 at the half. Quarterback Jason Wakefield connected with Shaivonn Robinson for a 16-yard touchdown, and kicker Ryan Gremillion added a 37-yard field goal.

"Cade Nelson was out last week and came back to give us a great effort, as usual," Oliver said.

The Gators scored two touchdowns and added a safety in the second half. Quarterback Hales Miller had a 1-yard touchdown, and Nelson added his second touchdown from 15 yards out.

The Gators outgained the Spartans 356 to 182, led by Nelson's 152 rushing and a workmanlike 33 carries. Miller added 83 yards on 20 carries.

The Gators have won back-to-back games against the Spartans and lead the overall series 20-18.

The Gators garnered a No. 5 seed and will face No. 28 seed Northshore.

"Northshore is 5-5, but is very competitive, and they will not be intimidated. They have played the No. 2 seed, Covington, and perennial power St Paul's within a TD each," Oliver said. "We must be ready for a stiff challenge at The Pit.”

The Gators finished the season 9-1, and the Spartans ended at 8-2. The Spartans received the No. 6 seed and will host East Jefferson on Friday.

"Great way to finish the regular season, with a victory and a share of the district title. Much respect to EA. They are really good and well coached," Oliver said.

Ascension Catholic and St. John share in special play

The rivalry between Ascension Catholic and St. John plays out in every sport between the two Catholic schools.

With less than three minutes in a 63-16 win by the Bulldogs, the biggest play of the game happened. Senior Grant Cedatol, a special needs student at St. John, scored on a 48-yard run for the first touchdown of his career. The administration teams from both schools brought the idea up to their respective coaches earlier in the week, and both agreed how special that would be.

"My administrator brought this to me, and our staff all agreed how cool it would be for this young man to score a touchdown. It was also his birthday, which made it more special," Ascension Catholic coach Drey Trosclair said.

The Bulldogs defense played their part and allowed Cedatol to take the handoff and score.

What happened next moved the crowd to tears: The Eagles carried Cedatol off the field and the Bulldogs congratulated him for the milestone.

"Not a dry eye in the stadium, including myself. We are very happy to be a part of Grant's special moment," Trosclair said.

Wins and losses are what we measure teams by, but on this night in Donaldsonville, sportsmanship was the biggest winner. Happy birthday, Grant.

See video of Grant's play at facebook.com/troy.leboeuf.3.

Football results Week 10

Ascension Catholic (8-2) wins 63-16 vs. St. John.

Ascension Christian (7-3) wins 54-35 vs. Slaughter Charter.

Donaldsonville (7-3) loses 38-14 to De La Salle.

Dutchtown (6-4) wins 24-14 vs. McKinley.

East Ascension (8-2) loses 22-10 to St. Amant (9-1); Spartans share district title with Gators.

Football playoff matchups

Division 5A

St. Amant (5) hosts Northshore (28).

East Ascension (6) hosts East Jefferson (27).

Dutchtown (17) travels to Slidell (16).

Division 3A

Donaldsonville (16) hosts Union Parish (17).

Division 5

Ascension Catholic (6) hosts Houma Christian (11) on Thursday.

Ascension Parish volleyball

The 14th-seeded St. Amant Lady Gators beat district rival East Ascension 3-0 and will play 11th-seeded Chapelle in the LHSAA tournament on Thursday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

This will be the eighth year in a row that the Lady Gators have punched their ticket in Division 1. St. Amant got off to a slow start this season and enter the quarterfinals with a 22-18 record.

The team is coached by Allison Leake.

Other results

Dutchtown lost to Chapelle 3-0 in the Division 1 regionals.

Ascension Catholic lost to St. Martins 3-0 in the Division 5 regionals.

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