Ascension Catholic High School was one of two parish teams that began their district play last week. But Southern Lab’s Curtlan Williams played his part in spoiling the district opener as he took advantage of some nifty moves and good blocking to return three punts for touchdowns and helped lead the Kittens to a 46-7 victory Thursday night at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium.

Things started off pretty good for the Bulldogs (1-3, 0-1) as the defense held in the red zone and took over on downs on their 8-yard line. A fumble on the next play gave Southern Lab (3-1, 1-0) the ball back as Tre’veon Epps recovered at the ACHS 4. On third down, the Kittens punched it in and made the score 7-0. The Bulldogs never seemed to recover.

Kaleb Winchester led the offense for the Bulldogs as he ran for 74 yards on 12 carries. Winchester accounted for ACHS’ only score on a 17-yard touchdown run in the final quarter.

After winning their season opener, the Bulldogs have lost three straight games, but two of the losses were to state-ranked teams.

The battle of the “Dogs” will take place as ACHS travels to White Castle for a 1A District 6 game on Friday.

Ascension Christian falls to Westminster 40-20

The Lions fought hard but couldn’t outlast the Westminster Academy Crusaders, losing 40-20 at Lion Field. Quarterback Chris Middleton led the Lions’ offensive attack by completing 19 of 37 passes for 242 yards. Middleton added another 42 yards on the ground.

The Crusaders (3-1) struck first with a 10-yard running touchdown by Noah Launey with 5:07 left in the first quarter. The Lions (2-2) answered back with a 36-yard Middleton pass to Payton Bahlinger to knot the score 7-7 with 44 seconds left in the quarter. Then the Crusaders scored three touchdowns that set the Lions far enough back that they couldn’t recover. Middleton threw two more touchdown passes to Ricky Martinez and Dillon Bashrum to add to the total, but it just wasn’t enough.

The Lions host Houma Christian in a nondistrict game at 7 p.m. Friday.

Donaldsonville hammers Brusly 61-41 for first win

The Donaldsonville Tigers earned their first win on Friday in a district opener. Donaldsonville handed the Brusly Panthers (2-2, 0-1) a 61-41 defeat as the Tigers (1-3, 1-0) amassed a whopping 538 yards of total offense led by quarterback Tyler Brown as completed 12 of 20 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns. Brown contributed 54 yards rushing to the Tigers’ 197-yard total on the ground.

Stephen Sullivan caught four passes and Carl Bell had three receptions, each for a total of 128 yards. Kornell Jones carried the ball 11 times for 143 yards for a 13-yard average.

The Tigers’ defense played a big role as they picked off three Jason Holliday passes and recovered all three fumbles that the Panthers put on the ground.

The Tigers travel to West Feliciana for a 3A District 6 contest on Friday with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Griffins hand South Terrebonne 38-12 defeat

The Dutchtown Griffins used an offensive spurt to score five second-quarter touchdowns and notched a 38-12 nondistrict road victory over the South Terrebonne Gators on Friday night at South Terrebonne Memorial Stadium.

South Terrebonne (0-4) didn’t seem like it would make it too easy for the Griffins (3-1) as Dutchtown was driving in the red zone when quarterback Jared Sparks fumbled the snap. South Terrebonne’s defensive tackle Troy Narcisse recovered the fumble at the Griffins’ 13-yard line but they couldn’t take advantage of the turnover.

Things turned around quickly in the second period as Griffins receiver Sidney Jacobs capped off a six-play, 70-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown run. Then Adam Sparks forced and recovered a fumble from Gators running back Casey Guy deep in STHS territory. Jared Sparks needed only one play as he hit receiver Cornelius Washington for a 33-yard touchdown pass.

On the next drive, the Griffins’ Averee York ran a sweep up the sideline and cut back through the middle for a 67-yard touchdown. Charles Davis (13 rushes, 83 yards, one touchdown) finished off the next drive, smashing through the line for a 4-yard touchdown.

With only 32 seconds left in the half, Jared Sparks hit his wide-open receiver Jalin Carlin for a 32-yard touchdown to give Dutchtown a 35-6 halftime advantage. Sparks finished the night completing 6 of 8 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

The Griffins host the Zachary Broncos in a nondistrict game at 7 p.m. Friday.

Spartans’ miscues lead to third loss 28-20

On the second offensive series of the night, East Ascension’s quarterback Kyran Irvin punched in a 3-yard score to cap an impressive, 11-play, 59-yard drive. EA looked like things were on track to hand Scotlandville (4-0) its first loss of the season as they took a 7-0 lead with that solid drive.

Then the game came off the tracks for the Spartans. East Ascension (1-3) missed two scoring opportunities as they gave up the ball twice with fumbles in the red zone. To add insult to injury, the Spartans (usually a good fourth-down team) turned the ball over on downs twice. The result was both of Scotlandville’s first-half touchdowns resulted from failed fourth-down conversions.

The Spartans never gave up and cut the Hornets’ lead to a one-score game with a little under two minutes to play on an 18-yard touchdown run by Joshua Bates, but Scotlandville held on to win 28-20 in the nondistrict contest.

Irvin led the Spartans on the night, completing 10 of 22 passes for 159 yards and adding 96 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

The Spartans’ next game is at home against St. Charles Catholic, of LaPlace. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday.

Gators remain undefeated

The Woodlawn Panthers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter but the St. Amant Gators (4-0) came chomping back to not only wipe out the early lead but to score 34 unanswered points in the remaining 33 minutes of the game for a 34-14 road victory over the Woodlawn Panthers (1-3).

The offense was out of sync as it managed only 11 yards in the opening period. But led by quarterback Hayden Mallory’s 22 of 35 passes for 297 yards and four touchdowns, the Gators added 476 yards in the remaining periods and finished with 487 yards on offense for the night. Running back Nathan Taylor contributed a game-high 199 rushing yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns.

Wide receiver Briggs Bourgeois led the receiving effort while catching five passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Bourgeois added two field goals and a PAT to bring his point total to 19 for the night.

Quarterback Jamari Nelson led the Panthers in their early success as he completed 10 of 17 passes for 110 yards and two 19-yard touchdowns to Taj Sullivan, all in about a four-minute span of the opening quarter, to go up 14-0.

The Gators defense got stingy, as well, allowing only 138 of Woodlawn’s 352 yards after the half. They were so stingy that the Panthers had to punt eight times on their final 10 offensive series of the game.

The St. Amant Gators host the South Terrebonne Gators, of Bourg, at the Pit in a nondistrict game on Friday, with the kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

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

Editor’s Note: This column was changed on Oct. 2 to correct the name of Dutchtown quarterback Jared Sparks.