Halloween night was the setting for week 9 of our parish football games. There were plenty of ghosts and goblins on hand for every game, so I’m not sure how much the outcomes were affected by their presence.

There were some tricks involved in the games and all but one of the teams came out with victories, so mostly it was a night of treats.

District play will soon draw to a close, and the playoffs are just around the corner.

Girls’ volleyball is wrapping up as well, so the playoff scenario will be set soon. The Gators team has ended the district competition without a loss, so expectations are pretty high for this group.

We’ll keep you posted with all the playoff news.

Gators take down Spartans

Spartans students and fans won the annual “Shout Out” and the “Ryder Cup” golf match, but the football team couldn’t translate all that energy to the field and fell to the St. Amant Gators, 57-34. The East Ascension team was treated to all sorts of tricks on Halloween night by a fired-up Gators team and coaching staff.

A reverse play started off the trickery as Briggs Bourgeois scored on a 14-yard reverse. An onside kick, fake extra point kick and run along with a halfback pass added to the bag of surprises the Gators (5-4, 2-2) handed the Spartans (5-4, 2-2) on this spooky night.

Nathan Taylor and Richard Williams combined for 245 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Taylor led St. Amant with 152 yards, including two scores of more than 45 yards. Quarterback Kyran Irvin led both teams with 252 yards and four rushing touchdowns on 28 carries but was forced to leave the game with about four minutes remaining after an injury.

The Spartans will try to rebound with a road game against the Bears of Catholic High at Olympia Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday.

Bulldogs topple White Castle

After giving up 164 yards and two touchdowns to one White Castle running back, the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs (7-2, 3-1) settled in and pulled out a 34-20 hard-fought victory. Running back James Martin was the workhorse for the ground game, scoring three times.

The Bulldogs’ 3-1 district record leaves them tied with White Castle in second place, and they will travel to East Iberville to face the Tigers in a district contest that has a 7 p.m. kickoff time.

Loins roar at homecoming

The young Ascension Christian Lions had lots to roar about on Halloween night as they blanked the East Iberville Tigers 26-0.

Not only did the Lions (3-6, 1-3) score a homecoming win, but this effort gave the team its first three-win season in the schools’ short football history.

The Lions will host St. John of Plaquemine at 7 p.m. Friday.

Tigers blank Franklin

The Donaldsonville Tigers scored their second consecutive district shutout by blanking the Franklin Hornets 26-0 on the Hornets’ home field. The Tigers’ (5-4, 2-2) Tyler Brown completed 9 of his 14 passes for 146 yards. Wide receiver Stephen Sullivan caught four of those passes for 60 yards and one touchdown.

The Tigers will travel to Baton Rouge to face the Scotlandville Hornets at 7 p.m. Friday in a nonconference game.

Griffins hold off McKinley

Dutchtown seemed to have the McKinley Panthers on the ropes, leading by a score of 22-6 in the fourth quarter. But it took all the defense the Griffins (4-5, 2-2) could muster to hold off the Panthers by a score of 22-20 at home.

Kajuan Coleman led the Griffins’ offensive attack with 106 yards rushing.

The Griffins will host the St. Amant Gators at 7 p.m. Friday.

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