For the second week in a row, somewhat of an upset blowout has taken place in the 5-5A ranks. Two weeks ago, Dutchtown traveled to Catholic High, which was a slight favorite, and the Griffins handed them a 42-7 spanking. Then, St. Amant returned the favor by taking it to the Griffins in a 41-14 game Nov. 6 in Dutchtown.

St. Amant (8-2, 3-2) used a balanced offensive attack to put 41 points on the board against the Griffins (7-3, 4-1) defense. Senior quarterback Hayden Mallory led the offense that racked up 440 total yards. He threw for 213 yards and running back Nathan Taylor led a ground attack that finished with 227 yards.

Taylor had a highlight reel game, with 20 carries for 178 yards and three touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Briggs Bourgeois led the Gators’ receiving corps with seven receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

St. Amant wasted no time as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Dutchtown scored a touchdown with a little under two minutes left in the first quarter to close the gap to 10-7 on a touchdown run by Fitell Bolding, who ended the night with 90 yards on 20 carries.

The Gators then went on a tear as they scored 17 points in the next 11 minutes, thanks to a couple of touchdown passes from Mallory to Bourgeois as the Gators expanded their first-half lead to 24-7.

Bourgeois opened the scoring for the Gators in the second half with a 49-yard field goal for a 27-7 lead.

Bolding scored his second touchdown of the night to cut the St. Amant lead to 27-14 before his Gators counterpart, Nathan Taylor, polished off the night and the Griffins with two touchdown runs of 8 and 9 yards.

St. Amant’s wire-to-wire victory over Dutchtown secured a playoff game for the Gators as they face Covington at the Pit in the nonselect state playoffs Friday with kickoff at 7 p.m. Dutchtown shared the district championship with Catholic High and will travel to Ruston and face the Bearcats at 7 p.m. Friday.

Spartans overwhelm Bucs

The East Ascension Spartans (5-5, 3-2) finished the regular season with a two-game winning streak that helped them secure a state playoff spot by taking it to the Broadmoor Buccaneers (0-10, 0-5) 48-8.

Senior running back Josh Bates led the offensive charge as he ran for a total of 171 yards on just eight carries with an average of over 21 yards per attempt. Bates also added three touchdowns with runs of 11, 2 and 35 yards in the Spartans’ final District 5-5A regular season game played at Broadmoor on Nov. 5.

Senior quarterback Kyran Irvin added to the rushing attack with 55 yards on six carries and scored one of the Spartans’ six rushing touchdowns on the night. Irvin added a touchdown pass to Ira Washington that went for 11 yards. A 20-point third quarter helped the Spartans break the game open.

The Spartans will travel to Marrero on Friday night to face the John Ehret Patriots in the state playoffs with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

Tigers come up short

The Donaldsonville Tigers football season came to a close as they fell short, 56-22, against the University Lab Kittens on Nov. 5. The Kittens wasted no time as they drove the ball 58 yards in two plays for a 7-0 lead. The Tigers had an opportunity to tie the game, but a fumble in the red zone gave the ball back to the Kittens.

University scored three more unanswered touchdowns before the Tigers (3-7, 3-4) could even get on the scoreboard. Senior running back Koby Bozeman racked up 34 yards on the first play of the drive. Senior quarterback Tyler Brown hit senior wide receiver Stephen Sullivan with a 43-yard pass and senior running back Davon Johnson capped the drive with a short run to cut the lead to 28-7.

The Kittens scored on their next possession to make the score 35-7. The big play of the night came for the Tigers as Brown hit a wide-open Sullivan for a 76-yard bomb that brought the score to 35-14. The Tigers’ defense couldn’t stop the Kittens on their next two possessions as they scored twice more in the first half. The score would end at 49-14 at the intermission.

Each team scored once more in the second half with a 13-yard run from the Tigers’ Johnson to end Donaldsonville’s scoring for the night, and the contest ended 56-22.

Quarterback Brown ended the night completing 9-of-20 passes for 231 yards with two interceptions.

Wide receiver Sullivan’s average per catch was nearly 41 yards with four receptions for 163 yards to lead the Tigers on offense. Bozeman led the Tigers’ rushing attack with 79 rushing yards. Johnson added 47 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Lions finish 6-4 with win

The Ascension Christian Lions came up with a convincing 29-8 win over the East Iberville Tigers at “The Rock” Stadium on Friday. Ascension Christian finished the season with a 6-4 overall record, which gives the young team the first winning season in school history.

It didn’t look like Ascension Christian would win as the Tigers recovered a Lions fumble on their first drive. They took over on the Ascension 26-yard line and quarterback Lyndell Joseph ran 26 yards on a quarterback keeper for the game’s first score. The two-point conversion was good and the Tigers led 8-0 with 9:44 left in the first quarter.

The Lions went on a seven-play, 65-yard drive for their first score on their next possession as running back Brye Templet punched it in from 2 yards out. Ian Carter’s kick on the PAT was good for an 8-7 score.

The Lions blew it open in the second quarter as they scored three times, once on a safety. The first score came as quarterback Chris Middleton scampered 27 yards for a touchdown on a keeper. The two-point PAT attempt failed and the score was 13-8.

A Tiger fumble on the ensuing kickoff was recovered by Micah Freeman on their 3-yard line and running back Ricky Martinez punched it in from the 2. The PAT was good for a 20-8 Lion lead. The defense got in on the scoring as Tiger running back Lawrence Johnson was tackled in the end zone for a safety and the half ended 22-8.

The Lions finished up their scoring in the third quarter as Templet ran it in from the 18-yard line for his second touchdown of the night as the score ended 29-8. Rushing dominated the game as there was only one completed pass for each team. The Lions completion went for 6 yards and the Tigers went for a minus-10 yards.

Middleton led the way with 15 carries for 57 yards, Templet had 40 yards on 12 carries, Payton Bahlinger had 34 yards on three carries and Ricky Martinez had 14 yards on three carries. Congrats to the Ascension Christian Lions for their first winning season.

Bulldogs fall to Kaplan

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs wrapped up their football season with a loss to the Kaplan Pirates at Floy d Boutte Stadium in Donaldsonville by the score of 22-6. The Pirates’ defense held the Bulldogs to 167 total yards of offense and forced three turnovers in the loss.

Kaplan (7-3, 4-2) also put on a pretty good offensive show as they gained 433 total yards on the night and finished with 15 first downs to the Bulldogs’ nine. Pirates junior running back Julius Johnson scored two of the three touchdowns on runs of 12 and 4 yards. Senior running back T.J. Broussard scored the other Pirate touchdown on a 39-yard touchdown run.

Junior running back Jacoby Stewart caught a 28-yard pass from senior quarterback Daniel Mattingly for the Bulldogs’ only score in the fourth quarter. Ascension Catholic finishes the season with a 3-7, 2-4 record.

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