Ascension Christian High School coach Josh Puryear had his work cut out for him last week, preparing his Lions to face the Crescent City Christian Pioneers after a 43-0 loss at the hands of the Lafayette Christian Knights.

How does a coach take this task on? Even though the Knights were heavily favored in the game, the kids want to win despite being outnumbered, undersized and undermanned.

“Before the start of the game, we tell the team, ‘You are in control of your effort. We focus on the effort no matter who we play. If you put forth your best effort, the outcome is not everything,’ ” Puryear said. “Our effort was good at times and sometimes it wasn’t, but what I was pleased with is that they never gave up.”

The task at hand becomes getting over it, he said.

“There was some disappointment and sad faces, but they knew where we made simple mistakes and saw a good picture of where we were as a team. We had a good week of practice and worked on our problems. I felt we were ready as a team to take on our next opponent.”

The Lions traveled Friday to Kenner to face the Crescent City Christian Pioneers and things didn’t start out well. The Pioneers took the opening drive for a touchdown along with a two-point conversion. Defense became the name of the game for both teams after the TD as neither defense allowed a score.

Special teams became the friend of Ascension Christian as David Smith returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and Kagan Carter returned a punt for 60 yards for another score. The outcome was a 12-8 victory for the Lions that allowed them to go from rags to riches.

This week, the Lions play the Ridgewood High Golden Eagles in Metairie. The Lions defeated the Eagles in their jamboree 3-0 with a field goal by Carter with seconds remaining on the clock. These two teams are evenly matched, so the Lions will have to dig in again to come out with a victory. The game begins at 7 p.m.

Dutchtown claws the Tigers

The rest of our parish teams won with one exception.

Dutchtown handed the Donaldsonville Tigers a stinging defeat to the tune of 43-0. The Griffins dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The bright spot for the Tigers was Aaron Julien, who intercepted each of the Griffins quarterbacks for two picks.

Dutchtown travels to Destrehan on Friday to take on the Wildcats. The Griffins will be tested in this nondistrict contest. The game has a 7 p.m. kickoff at Wildcat field.

The Donaldsonville Tigers will take on the White Castle Bulldogs in a nondistrict contest at 7 p.m. at home. The Bulldogs have been a thorn in the side of the Tigers for the last couple years, so coach Benny Gilbeaux and his team will be trying to pull that thorn out on Friday night.

Spartans trim Lumberjacks

The East Ascension Spartans knocked down the Patterson Lumberjacks, 42-27, Friday night at Spartan stadium in Gonzales. East Ascension seemed to have the game under control with a 21-0 lead when the Lumberjacks rallied to 21-14. The Spartans took control for the eventual win.

East Ascension travels to St. Charles Catholic for a 7 p.m. kickoff to take on the Comets in a nondistrict game. St. Charles is 2-0 for the season and will prove a very worthy opponent as the Comets are ranked at No. 17 in the state. This team hasn’t lost a home game since September 2012, so the Spartans might well have all they can handle as they head south for the contest.

Gators downgrade Hurricanes

The two St. Amant quarterbacks teamed up for a near perfect night of passing, completing 20 of 26 passes for 324 yards, and the ground game netted 159 yards on 31 carries. The defense held Higgins scoreless as this powerful combined effort handed the Hurricanes a 46-0 trouncing.

The Gators host the H.L. Bourgeois Braves at 7 p.m. in the Pit on Friday night. The Braves are 1-1 and will have their hands full as they take on St. Amant’s Gators and their balanced attack.

Ascension Catholic comes from behind

The Bulldogs of Ascension Catholic chomped down on the Dunham Tigers’ tail to pull out a comeback that didn’t look likely. By the end of the first half, they trailed 23-6. The Bulldogs came to life in the third quarter as an 80-yard touchdown, a pick-six and a field goal turned the tables, leading them to a 24-23 victory.

The Bulldogs will travel for the first time this season to take on the Christian Life Crusaders at 7 p.m. in Baton Rouge. ACHS will put their 2-0 record on the line as they take on the 1-1 Christian Life at Crusader Field.

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