Week 1 of football’s regular season didn’t turn out quite as well as was anticipated by coaches, teams and fans with only two of our teams in the winning column.

One of the victorious teams was Ascension Catholic High. The Bulldogs pulled off a 41-21 victory but now look ahead to this week.

The Bulldogs will face the Dunham Tigers at home in week 2. The Tigers will try to rebound from a nondistrict 34-19 loss to St. Stanislaus, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

This should prove to be an even match as far as state rankings go, so Ascension Catholic’s home field could provide the advantage to bring the Bulldogs a second victory early in the season. The game starts at 7 p.m. in Donaldsonville.

St. Amant Gators drop close one to Warren Easton Eagles

Last season, the Warren Easton Eagles won a nail-biter against the St. Amant Gators, 31-29. They brought their No. 1 state ranking in Class 4A to the Pit on Friday night and came away with another close victory against the Gators by a score of 40-32.

Friday, the Higgins High School Hurricanes will blow in to the Pit to face coach David Oliver’s Gators. It’s a 7 p.m. kickoff.

St. Amant might still be stinging a little from the Eagles’ talons but the Gators will be looking to downgrade the Hurricanes to a small breeze.

Donaldsonville Tigers eke out win, Dutchtown Griffins fall short

Coach Benny Guilbeaux’s Donaldsonville Tigers pulled out a heart-stopping 27-26 win Friday night from Assumption High’s Mustangs. The Tigers’ path won’t be so easy this week as they face the Dutchtown Griffins in a nondistrict, intraparish contest away from home.

The Griffins were bitten by the Lutcher Bulldogs, 19-14. Dutchtown will be looking to hand the Donaldsonville Tigers their first defeat of the season at 7 p.m. at Griffin Stadium.

Spartans lose opener to Green Devils, prepare for Lumberjacks

The Plaquemine Green Devils got a little revenge Friday night as they took it to the East Ascension Spartans, 49-24. The Spartans took the win last season in a 38-34 thriller.

On Friday night, the focus of Coach Paul Bourgeois and the Spartans will be the Patterson Lumberjacks.

In the Lumberjacks’ first game against Brother Martin, their big weakness was the running game. Running back Jared West ripped Patterson’s defensive front for a whopping 248 yards and three touchdowns.

The matchup is set for 7 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.

Lions fall to Lafayette Christian

In their nondistrict season opener, the Ascension Christian Lions lost to the Lafayette Christian Knights at home. Lafayette capitalized on 385 yards of total offense and a very tight defense to take the Lions down, 34-0.

Coach Josh Puryear and the Lions are looking to rebound against the Crescent City Christian Pioneers in another nondistrict game at 7 p.m. Friday in Metairie.

This game should prove to be a pretty close contest as the Lions and Pioneers are closely ranked in the state polls. After week 1 in regular season play, Crescent City has dropped to 312 and the Lions are at 310.

Girls volleyball in full swing

If you’re old enough to remember when beach volleyball took the world by storm in 1996, you might understand why high school volleyball is so popular today. Karch Kiraly was the men’s most popular face in the game as he and Kent Steffes won the first-ever gold medal in Olympic history of the sport.

The ladies weren’t far behind as Kerri Walsh and Misty May won three Olympic gold medals in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Volleyball has changed from a backyard picnic family game to a very physical, diving, take-your-head-off-if-you’re-not-careful competition that is fun to watch.

Ascension Catholic High’s girls will take on the Ascension Christian Lions at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Donaldsonville.

The Griffin Dutchtown girls will play two times next week. On Monday, the team will take on Ascension Episcopal of Lafayette at 6 p.m. at home, and they will travel Tuesday to New Roads to take on Catholic of Pointe Coupee.

The St. Amant Lady Gators play three times next week. Games start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Zachary and at home Sept. 18 against St. Joseph’s Academy. The Sept. 20 game is set for noon at home.

The Donaldsonville Lady Tigers won’t play until Sept. 23 at home against Southern Lab of Baton Rouge in a 5 p.m. match.

The East Ascension girls will be quite busy next week as they play four times. On Tuesday, they travel to Lutcher for a 4:30 p.m. contest. Next up is Assumption at home at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The team will travel to St. Michael’s in Baton Rouge on Thursday, Sept. 18, for a 6 p.m. match, and finally, they take on Dunham at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

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