The East Ascension Spartans and the Donaldsonville Tigers were the only two teams that made it to the second round of football playoffs. The Spartans (6-6) traveled to face a tough defensive C.E. Byrd team (12-0) and was defeated 37-20.

Byrd’s defense held the Spartans scoreless for three quarters and their offense scored 30 unanswered points before the Spartans’ offense got clicking in the fourth quarter, even though East Ascension took the opening drive inside Byrd’s red zone and came up a yard short on a fourth down play.

The 30 points were just a little too much for the potent Spartans offense to overcome in just one quarter. The Spartans went to work in a big way and actually outgained Byrd 284-261. Unfortunately, the Spartans had 212 of their yards in the fourth quarter with the score out of reach.

Josh Walker led the Spartans’ offensive attack as he gained 100 yards on 10 carries while scoring all three touchdowns on runs of 8, 31 and 6 yards. Kyran Irvin rushed for 78 yards and threw for 45 yards and Joshua Bates added 53 rushing yards.

The Donaldsonville Tigers’ season came to an end with a loss the West Feliciana Saints by the score of 50-7. Our congrats go to both teams for making it to the second round of the state football playoffs.

Ascension Catholic boys and girls cross country

Both boys and girls end the 1A District 8 cross country season with a bang. The Bulldogs’ girls team had a great day as freshman Stephanie Breaux led the charge with a 19:15:87 time. Another teammate, Sophie Daigle, took third place to help the girls’ efforts, as the Lady Bulldogs finished as runner-up at the state meet to Country Day.

The Bulldog boys took it a step farther as their cross country team turned in a dominant performance at the Class 1A state meet that was held in Natchitoches.

Senior Zach Capello led the Bulldog team as he won his fourth individual state title with Monday’s performance. His winning time was 16 minutes, 49.83 seconds, leading the Bulldogs to their fourth straight boys championship.

Joining Capello on the podium was Jordan Zeringue, who took a third-place finish at 17:16:08. These two guys began their running careers for Ascension Catholic eight years ago. It was only fitting to end their careers together on the podium of the state meet. Rocky Capello is the team’s head coach and had the privilege of coaching his son Zach.

St. Amant athlete scores a big double

Lady Gator athlete Kara Gremillion signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Ragin Cajuns at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette a little more than a week ago. Most would consider this a milestone in a high school sports career.

Gremillion made it a double last weekend as she scored her 1,000th point in her basketball career. This milestone was reached at the 3:44 mark of the third quarter in a game against the Lady Wolves of Redemptorist High that they went on to win by a score of 42-30. Congrats to Kara on both milestones.

Duck season starts with a bang

The pun was certainly intended as the cold weather has record numbers of ducks in Louisiana this early in the year. From all the reports that I’ve gotten, hunters had a great opening week in the Coastal Zone a couple of weekends ago, and this past weekend, the hunters in the East Zone had much success.

Two weekends ago, as I was heading back home from a successful deer hunt in Mansfield in north Louisiana, the ponds along Interstate 49 were full of ducks. That was a pretty good sign that the duck season would be much different than in the past few years. There were lots of ducks but nobody could figure out why most duck hunters in Louisiana were not having much fortune hunting them.

Ryan Gomez, of St. Amant, took his son Jackson on a duck hunt last weekend. This would turn out to be very memorable as well as a successful hunt because Jackson was able to kill his first duck, a beautiful drake wood duck. Another great memory created in the life of a youngster as well as mom and dad. Congratulations, Jackson, on your first duck.