In week two of the high school football season, the Ascension Catholic High School players were sitting in the locker room at halftime trailing the Dunham Tigers, 23-6. The team had just missed a field goal before the intermission, further frustrating players’ efforts.

In the locker room at halftime, the atmosphere was tense.

“We weren’t playing very good and making an awful lot of mistakes,” coach Doug Moreau said. “It’s not like we were giving it our all and some unfortunate things happened; we did it to ourselves.”

Moreau was quick to point to the problem.

“We didn’t practice well at all this week and it translated to the field,” Moreau stated rather honestly. “The team didn’t display any intensity and it showed on the field in the first half.”

The fans sitting in the stands were probably wondering what had happened to the team and how things could turn around. A turnaround did happen as the defense came to life after the intermission.

“We had a couple of good plays on defense with an interception by Delmond Landry for a touchdown and a fumble recovery late in the game that led to the winning field goal. We had a much better effort in the second half.”

So just how were the Bulldogs going to turn things around after such an emotional rollercoaster of a game?

“Man, we’ve got to get it together on the practice field and put in a much better effort if we want to compete next week at Christian Life,” Moreau said after the loss.

The Bulldogs traveled to the Crusaders’ home field and handed them a 23-12 defeat as their record improved to 3-0 in the regular season. Steady and sure was the theme as the first half ended 13-6 with the Dogs on top. They added another 10 points in the second half and held the Crusaders to 6 points.

Ascension Catholic High School will take its 3-0 record to New Roads for a battle with the False River Academy Gators. The Gators are 1-2 this season and average 9.5 points per game, while the Bulldogs tally an impressive 29.3 points per game. False River beat Christian Life 26-24 but the Bulldogs still need to prepare for the road trip game that has a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Parish Football Roundup

Ascension Christian wallops Ridgewood Prep

The Ascension Christian High School Lions took it to Ridgewood High’s Golden Eagles on Friday night in Kenner. The Lions offense came to life as it racked up 39 points and the defense held Ridgewood to 21 points. With a 2-1 record, the school’s best start in history, the young team will face 3-1 Madison Prep Academy at home. Madison Prep is ranked 12th in its class while the Lions are ranked 26th. Madison Prep has a stingy defense as it has shut out the offense in its three wins. The nondistrict contest starts at 7 p.m. at the Lions’ field.

Tigers muzzle Bulldogs

The Donaldsonville Tigers used their home field advantage to muzzle the White Castle Bulldogs in a nondistrict game. That advantage plus a tight defense and a stellar performance led the Tigers to a convincing 35-12 victory.

That win will take the 2-1 Donaldsonville team to its next opponent, the 0-4 Southern Lab Kittens, in a 7 p.m., nondistrict road game. Southern Lab is averaging 11.5 points per game while the Tigers average 18 points per game. The Tigers should give the Kittens all they want in this road game.

Wildcats trip up Griffins

The Dutchtown Griffins traveled to Destrehan and were handed a 20-10 loss by the second-ranked Wildcats. The Wildcats’ defense played a stellar role in the victory by holding the Griffins’ offense to a mere 101 yards. The Wildcats overcame some sloppy play that included three turnovers and a blocked punt to improve their record to 3-0 while the Griffins slipped to 1-2 on the season.

Dutchtown will host the Captain Shreve High School Gators at home Friday in a 7 p.m., nondistrict game. The Gators have been averaging 31.5 points per game while the Griffins score an average of 25 points per game.

Spartans hold off St. Charles

The East Ascension Spartans and the St. Charles Comets were caught in a high-scoring game Friday night, but the Spartans used a 21-point third quarter in the nondistrict game and never looked back to come away with a 42-35 win.

The 2-1 Spartans will host 3-0 Brother Martin at Spartan stadium in another nondistrict contest at 7 p.m. Friday. The Spartans will need the home advantage as the Crusaders are averaging a whopping 41-point offensive effort per game while East Ascension scores 32.3 points per game. Both defenses allow a little over 20 points, so this contest should be a hot and heavy one that will keep fans on the edges of their seats.

Gators top the Braves

In a nondistrict game on Friday, the St. Amant Gators smashed the visiting H.L. Bourgeois Braves by a final score of 55-12 in an explosive offensive showing. The Gators will take their 2-1 record and travel to the “Dog Yard” in Lutcher to face the Bulldogs in another nondistrict contest at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs come into the game with a 3-0 record. This one should be a nail biter as the Gators are averaging 44.3 points per game and the Bulldogs 33.7.

Parish volleyball look ahead

The upcoming girls volleyball schedule includes a cross-parish rivalry as the East Ascension Spartans take on the St. Amant Gators.

The volleyball schedule includes:

Ascension Catholic: 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at Denham Springs High School

Ascension Catholic: 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at Thibodaux High School

Ascension Christian: 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at home vs. Lafayette Christian

Ascension Christian: 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at Louisiana School for the Deaf, Baton Rouge

Donaldsonville High: 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at West St. John High School, Edgard

Donaldsonville High: 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at home vs. Berwick High School

Donaldsonville High: 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at home vs. Patterson High School

Dutchtown High: 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at O. Perry Walker, New Orleans

Dutchtown High: 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Ponchatoula High

East Ascension: 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at home vs. St. Amant

East Ascension: 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at Denham Springs High

St. Amant: 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at home vs. O. Perry Walker.

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