The East Ascension High School Spartans traveled to Denham Springs on Friday night with high hopes for a season-opening win.

Those hopes were dashed as the Yellow Jackets rolled to a 23-0 shutout of EA.

The Spartans’ offensive punch of quarterback Kyran Irvan and running back Joshua Bates never really got out of the gate, forcing the Spartans to punt seven times. To add insult to injury, a highlight reel 74-yard touchdown scamper by EA wide receiver Raekwon Mackyeon in the second quarter was brought back due to an illegal blocking penalty.

The Spartans (0-1) will host Thibodaux High (0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Griffins lose heartbreaker

The Lutcher Bulldogs took it on the chin early on and trailed 12-0 at halftime at Griffin Stadium last week. Coupled with some great offense and timely fumble recoveries in the second half, the Bulldogs pulled out a 20-19 victory over Dutchtown.

Running back Fitell Bolding led the Griffin rushers with 14 carries for 125 yards along with the 36-yard touchdown that gave his team a 6-0 lead in the second quarter. Jared Sparks then led the team on a six-play drive that went for 68 yards a series later with a 13-yard keeper for the second score, but an unsuccessful two-point pass attempt left the score 12-0.

Dutchtown did have a final shot, taking the ball from its own 29 and reaching Lutcher’s 25-yard line with less than a minute to play. Three plays later, Sparks, a Southern Miss commitment, lost the handle on the ball nearing a first down. Lutcher’s Rashaun Preston recovered with 19 seconds remaining and the Bulldogs ran out the clock.

The Griffins (0-1) will travel to face the Central High Wildcats (1-0) at 7 p.m.

Gators take season opener

St. Amant took advantage of a very sharp offense Friday and scored on five of its first six possessions that led to a 35-13 victory over the Live Oak Eagles.

Quarterback Hayden Mallory led the charge as he threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Mallory connected with Jacob Cheatwood, Larson Fontenot and Briggs Bourgeois for the three scores.

The Gators opened up the scoring with a 54-yard, nine-play drive, Mallory connecting with Cheatwood for the touchdown. Mallory’s pass to Landon Boudreaux on the two-point conversion made it 8-0. On its next series, the Gators went 78 yards in six plays to score. Mark Darby took an inside handoff 44 yards for the score and a 15-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Jerrick Beckwith intercepted a Morris pass but his 35-yard interception return for a touchdown was brought back due to a personal foul call. The Gators kept the ball and two plays later, Mallory connected with Larson from 18 yards out for a 22-0 lead.

On Live Oak’s next series, the Gators sacked Morris, forcing a punt. St. Amant took over at the LO 37, and scored in three plays. Bourgeois kicked a 51-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, giving the Gators a 32-0 lead.

The Gators (1-0) will host a home nondistrict game against the Higgins Hurricanes on Friday at 7 p.m.

Ascension Catholic cruises

Despite some early adversity, the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs kicked in gear and cruised to a 53-25 win over Catholic High of Pointe Coupee on Sept. 3. The game was not only the first victory of the season but it also represented the first win for new head coach Drey Trosclair.

Trosclair and the Bulldogs kept their cool after falling behind 18-0 and mounted a convincing win that made up for the early adversity.

The Bulldogs started their rally as quarterback D.C. Mattingly found Jacoby Stewart for a touchdown pass. Mattingly then called his own number, punching it in on a 19-yard scoring run.

It was Kaleb Winchester’s turn next as he jetted down the field with a pair of long touchdown runs, one for 52 yards and the other for 41 yards. The special teams got into the action as they came up big on a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone by Bubba Gautreau.

Mattingly carried the ball in on another scoring run, followed by Landon Landry for another. Then Mattingly hit Dillon Vice, who broke free on a 68-yard touchdown pass.

The Bulldogs (1-0) will travel to face the Dunham Tigers (1-0) in a nondistrict game on Friday at 7 p.m.

Ascension Christian falls

Ascension Christian fell to Gueydan 32-20 in a nondistrict away game.

The Lions (0-1) will face the Crescent City Christian Pioneers (0-1) of Metairie at home in a nondistrict battle at 7 p.m. Friday.

Tigers lose to Mustangs

The Assumption Mustangs topped the host Donaldsonville Tigers 34-14 last week.

With the loss, Donaldsonville moves to 0-1 on the season. The Tigers will host the West St. John Rams in a nondistrict game on Friday with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Lady Lions take out CLA

The Lady Lions of Ascension Christian High School looked impressive in their season volleyball opener Sept. 2 by beating Christian Life Academy 25-12, 25-21, 14-25, 25-4 at Ascension Christian’s gym.

The Lady Lions have won three straight district championships and four total since the inception of the program, which Jennings took over last year.

Rhesa Jones led the way with 12 aces while Lani Sanchez added six kills and five aces. Kylie Jones added to the effort with five kills and three aces. Emily Millet added 14 assists while Mary Abshire added two kills along with three aces and four digs.

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at or ascension@the