The six Ascension Parish football teams had their opportunity for one final tune-up game before entering district competition Friday night. A pair of the teams came away with wins, one lost a heart-breaking squeaker, one was handed its first loss of the year and a couple were dealt stinging defeats.
Things begin anew as hopes for playoffs start this week. The slate is wiped clean; good, bad or ugly, things get serious this time of year.
East Ascension victorious
Before the Lutcher Bulldogs knew what happened, the East Ascension Spartans put 28 points on the board. Its head stopped spinning just long enough to put a touchdown on the board. The score was 28-7 at the half.
The Bulldogs (3-2) added another score to close the gap to 28-14, but a 99-yard return on the ensuing kickoff for a highlight reel touchdown by Josh Walker swung the momentum back to the Spartans as they went on to a 48-21 victory at Spartan Stadium.
Walker gained 115 yards and scored a rushing touchdown as well as catching two passes for 38 yards. Spartan quarterback Kyran Irvin put in a near-perfect effort as he completed 12 of 13 passes for 135 yards, and ran for another 72 yards. Joshua Bates turned in 39 yards rushing and three touchdown runs.
The Spartans (3-2) begin their quest for a playoff berth on the road at 7 p.m. Friday against the McKinley Panthers (3-2).
Donaldsonville Tigers win
The Donaldsonville Tigers traveled to face the Independence Tigers (1-4) and came away with a tune-up victory, 40-20. The Donaldsonville Tigers (3-2) will host the E.D. White Cardinals (3-2) on Friday in their opening district game at 7 p.m.
Gators edged out
Homecoming night was not kind to the St. Amant Gators as the John Ehret Patriots (4-1) snuck away from the Pit with a 19-17 win. Penalties coupled with turnovers that included four interceptions proved to be the downfall of the St. Amant team.
The bright spot of the night was an 80-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Dixon that connected with wide receiver Briggs Bourgeois. The Gators (3-2) will travel to a hostile environment in Baton Rouge to take on the Catholic High Bears (4-1). This district opener will begin at 7 p.m.
Ascension Catholic falls
A stifling defense by the Episcopal High Knights handed the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs (4-1) their first loss of the season. The (4-0) Episcopal defense limited Ascension Catholic High School’s offense to 79 total yards and Episcopal scored 19 points to leave Floyd Boutte Stadium with the victory and spoiled the Bulldogs’ effort to stay undefeated.
The team will lick their wounds and try to rebound as they travel to take on the St. John High School Eagles. (0-5) The Bulldogs’ district opener will start at 7 p.m. Friday in Plaquemine.
The Dutchtown High Griffins were able to rack up 253 yards of offense and saw Jared Sparks throw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Averee York during Friday’s loss to the Archbishop Rummel Raiders. The Griffins recovered the kickoff at the Raiders’ 14-yard line, but the Raiders’ tough defense stopped Dutchtown in four plays. The Raiders (5-0) defense held the Griffins (2-3) in the red zone two other times that led to a 37-6 final score.
The Griffins will try to recoup from the loss during Friday’s road game against the (4-1) Woodlawn High School Panthers at 7 p.m. in Baton Rouge.
Lions topped by Blue Gators
The Ascension Christian Lions were dominated on both sides of the ball by the Blue Gators of Ascension Episcopal (4-1) in their final nondistrict contest by a score of 63-0.
The Lions (2-3) will try to shake the dust off and get ready for their district opener at home against the (3-2) West St. John Rams, of Edgard. Their game begins at 7 p.m.