The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs (1-1) gave the ball up four times in Friday night’s game, which the Dunham Tigers (2-0) used to their advantage to secure a 40-14 win in Donaldsonville in a nondistrict game.

On the very first drive of the game, the Bulldogs went for it on fourth-and-inches on their own 35-yard line, but the Tigers held and went on to score on a 15-yard touchdown pass that put Dunham up 7-0 early in the first quarter.

Derek Stingley executed a fake reverse and brought a punt back for a 75-yard touchdown. Dunham missed the extra point for a 13-0 lead.

On the ensuing drive, the Tigers faced a fourth-and-11 at the Ascension Catholic 36-yard line. Williams evaded would-be tacklers and heaved a touchdown pass to junior running back Tony Huey that gave them a 19-0 lead.

The Bulldogs breathed a little life into their effort as the defense created a turnover of their own and recovered a fumble. Running back Caleb Winchester cut the deficit to 19-7 with a nice 28-yard touchdown run.

Quarterback Javon Yarbrough wrapped up Ascension Catholic’s scoring for the night as he brought the final margin to 40-14 with a rushing touchdown with 1:37 remaining in the game.

Ascension Christian strong in win against Crescent City

Quarterback Chris Middleton threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another one in the Lions’ (1-1) Friday night home win over Crescent City (0-2) by the score of 33-0. Middleton’s 16-yard pass to Peyton Bahlinger with 7:28 left in the first quarter capped a nine-play, 47-yard drive.

With 2:31 left in the opening quarter, Middleton scored on a 17-yard quarterback keeper after the first of four fumbles of the night for Crescent City. The PAT by Ian Carter was good. Carter added a field goal with 2 minutes on the clock, then Middleton hit Bahlinger with his second touchdown pass with 19 seconds remaining for a 24-0 lead at halftime.

The Lions added a safety in the third quarter to move the score to 26-0. Brye Templet added the final score of the night with a 14-yard run with 5:25 left in the game to make the score 33-0.

The Lions will travel to Ridgewood for a non district game on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Ascension Christian will take on a Golden Eagles squad coming off a 40-6 nondistrict win over Ecole Classique of Metairie. The Golden Eagles’ record now stands at 1-1.

Dutchtown’s team effort nets 21-14 win over Central

Last week, Dutchtown let a fourth-quarter lead slip through their hands in a loss to Lutcher. The Griffins played with much more moxie as they finished the game off in the fourth quarter for a 21-14 win at Central.

The difference this week compared with last week was Dutchtown’s (1-1) ability to limit the Wildcats (1-1) to a single fourth-quarter possession, while holding the ball for almost nine minutes. The Griffins finished it off just like it’s drawn up as they picked up four first downs and ran the final 6:22 off the clock.

Jared Sparks led the offensive effort for the Griffins as he completed seven of 12 passes for 187 yards while throwing for two touchdowns. One of his passes found Averee York behind the Mustang defensive backfield, where he caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from Sparks. Fitell Bolding had a great performance on the ground as he rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown. Dutchtown broke a 14-14 halftime tie on York’s third-quarter touchdown.

The Griffins defense put in a solid effort to complement the offensive output. They allowed a paltry 57 yards while holding the Wildcats’ offense to three first downs in the second half.

The big play of the game came for Dutchtown early in the second half. A less than average punt gave the Wildcats a first-and-10 at the Griffins’ 43. On fourth-and-1, Roderick Osiagwu and Jalen Rudolph stopped Central’s Caleb Moore for no gain.

The defensive effort started early on as Central opened the game with an eight-play drive that took it inside the DHS 25. The Wildcats were turned back on downs.

It ended the same way. The Wildcats moved into Dutchtown territory midway through the fourth quarter. The Griffins held on fourth-and-9 at the DHS 34. The offense capped the all-around performance off as Dutchtown took over and never let Central take possession again.

The Griffins host the Hammond Tornadoes in a nondistrict game on Sept. 18. The kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Gators take the wind out of the Hurricanes

St. Amant’s offensive surge in the first half turned out to be a little too much for the Higgins Hurricanes to answer back. Even though they mounted a third-quarter comeback, the wind was let out of their sails as St. Amant quarterback Hayden Mallory hooked up with Tanner Mayo for his fourth touchdown pass on a 64-yard throw that led to a 36-13 win at The Pit on Friday night in St. Amant.

Mallory lit up the scoreboard for the Gators with four touchdown passes on the night, two to Briggs Bourgeois. Mallory hit his junior receiver for a 36-yard score. Bourgeois was roughed on the successful extra point and he recovered his own onside kick on the Higgins 33. Mallory found him open once again and connected on a 15-yard touchdown pass. Bourgeois caught a pass from Mallory for a two-point conversion.

Mallory’s third touchdown pass of the half was a 47-yard strike to Jacob Cheatwood. Nathan Taylor finished up the scoring with a rushing touchdown on a 6-yard run to bring the score to 29-0 at halftime.

Mallory finished with 352 passing yards as he completed 17 of 36 attempts with one interception for the unbeaten Gators (2-0). Higgins fell to 0-2.

Higgins quarterback Daniel White had two touchdown passes but gave up four interceptions. Senior defensive back Cody Simmons picked off three of those interceptions for St. Amant.

The Gators won handily but nearly broke the 200-yard mark in penalties, collecting a whopping 198 yards on 19 infractions.

Taylor was the game’s leading rusher with 83 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

The St. Amant defense was really stiff and held the Hurricanes to 84 yards of total offense.

The Gators will prepare for a tough game against the Lutcher Bulldogs on the road on Sept. 18 with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Spartans fight hard in win over Thibodaux

Good fortune played a role in East Ascension’s 21-18 win over Thibodaux on Friday night’s game played at Spartan Stadium. Although quarterback Kyran Irvin’s dominating performance was pretty stunning, the fate of the outcome came down to a 27-yard field goal attempt by Thibodaux that sailed wide right on the last play of the game.

It took a whole first quarter of three-and-outs by both teams before anything offensive got on track. It didn’t take long after the Spartan offense got going for Irvin to shine as he ran the ball 55 yards to put the ball on the 5-yard line. It took Joshua only one play to give East Ascension a 7-3 lead in the second quarter.

The next time EA got its hands on the ball, Irvin broke off a 31-yard run to the 10-yard line. He capped off this drive by scoring on a 10-yard run to the left pylon.

Irvin scored what eventually was the game-winning score in the third quarter on a 32-yard read-option run. Irvin ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

East Ascension (1-1) had a 21-10 lead going into the fourth quarter on the back of Irvin’s strong showing in his first home game since undergoing knee surgery, which kept him out at the end of last season.

Then Amik Robertson’s 45-yard scamper with 4:09 remaining pushed the game closer than East Ascension’s Paul Bourgeois would have liked. Robertson and quarterback Trey Leblanc teamed up on the final drive that included a timely conversion on fourth-and-10. Leblanc hit Rochon Washington for 20 yards on the play to the East Ascension 30. Thibodaux (0-2) worked the clock while driving to the EA 10, where Brandon Cone’s 27-yard field goal attempt with 7.3 seconds left on the clock was wide to the right.

The Spartans have a home game against Zachary on Sept. 18 with the kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

Tigers fall to West St. John

The Donaldsonville Tigers (0-2) left everything on the field, topped all the statics but lost the game to the West St. John Rams by the score of 28-18 at home on Friday night.

The Tigers ran the most offensive plays (67-45), doubled the first downs (15-7), had fewer penalties (5-7) and fewer penalty yards (45-60), but couldn’t put things together.

With the loss, Donaldsonville moves to 0-2 on the season. The Tigers travel to White Castle to confront the Bulldogs in a nondistrict outing on Sept. 18 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@the advocate.com.