On Friday night, the Dutchtown Griffins had lots of hills to climb to beat the Catholic High Bears. The Bears were undefeated in district play coming off a very convincing win over the St. Amant Gators; they had a six-game winning streak and held the home field edge. But none of these advantages could come close to stopping the Griffins as they handed the Bears a real good skinning, 42-7.

Dutchtown (7-2, 4-0) took control of the District 5-5A race as they moved to 4-0 in the standings. Catholic High (6-3, 3-1) is alone in second place, but even a Griffins loss and a Bears win would not be enough to take the district title due to Friday night’s loss at Olympia Stadium.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half as the defenses were stingy. Catholic’s only score in the half came on a 53-yard fake punt and the Griffins tied the game with 5:06 left in the half. Griffins defensive back Coney Durr raked in a fumble by Clyarde Edwards-Helaire and scorched the field for 80 yards and a touchdown that tied the game at 7-7 with 5:06 left in the first half.

Near the end of the first half, the Griffins’ offense showed some sparks as they drove for their second touchdown on a 10-yard Jared Sparks touchdown pass to wide receiver Cornelius Washington that gave the Griffins a 14-7 lead with 28 seconds left in the half.

The sparks continued in the second half as Dutchtown took the second-half kickoff and went on an impressive 11-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a Sparks score on a 3-yard run after throwing a 33-yard pass to Caleb Ricca with 7:25 left in the third quarter.

The Griffins’ defense gave the offense another opportunity on an interception. Sparks ran it in on a 1-yard run after a short drive. A 21-yard touchdown run by Bolding ended the third-quarter scoring with 53 seconds left. Sparks’ 41-yard scoring pass to Jalen Carlin in the fourth quarter put the lights out for the Bears.

The Griffins scored 42 unanswered points after the Bears scored on the fake punt in the first quarter, so the offense shined. But the defense played just as well as they caused four turnovers and didn’t allow the Bears to make a first down in the second half until there was less than 5 minutes to go in the game. Dutchtown’s punter, Cadon Story, had a highlight reel night as he had three punts downed inside the Bears’ 5-yard line and one on the CHS 11.

Sparks was on the money as he completed 10 of 16 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Fitell Bolding toted the ball 19 times for 86 yards and scored one touchdown. Sparks added 57 yards on the ground and two second-half touchdowns.

The Griffins will host rival St. Amant (7-2, 2-2) in the final district game of the season with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. Friday

Lions topple Slaughter Charter

The Ascension Christian Lions used a 329-yard rushing attack that averaged 10 yards per carry to win their fifth game of the season (new season high) over Slaughter Charter School by the score of 36-12 at The Rock Stadium on Friday night.

On the Lions’ (5-4, 0-1) opening possession, it took only four plays and 1 minute, 22 seconds to march 49 yards to open the scoring for a 6-0 lead over Slaughter. The next score for the Lions came after one of two fumbles lost by Slaughter led to a 32-yard completion from quarterback Chris Middleton to receiver Brye Templet with 3:09 left in the first quarter. Ian Carter added a 26-yard field goal with 0:48 left in the opening quarter for a 16-0 lead, which the Lions held as the first half ended.

The Lions added another 13 points in the third quarter as Templet capped off a 68-yard drive by running it in from 48 yards out to make the score 22-0. Ascension Christian High then went on a 63-yard drive that was capped off with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Middleton to Chris Carter and the third quarter ended 29-0.

Slaughter scored on two more touchdown passes, one for 98 yards from Emmanuel Garba to Brailyn Eubanks to close the gap to 29-12, but Middleton ran a quarterback keeper for 50 yards for the final score of 36-12.

Middleton hit on eight of 17 passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He added 160 yards on the ground on 14 carries. Templet carried the ball 14 times for 129 yards.

The Lions will finish their regular season with a game at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rock Stadium against district opponent East Iberville.

Spartans blank Panthers

Hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive, the EA Spartans (4-5, 2-2) not only kept the McKinley Panthers (3-6, 1-3) out of the end zone but off the scoreboard as well with a 16-0 shutout at Spartan Stadium on Friday.

A very stingy Spartan defense held the Panthers to 156 total yards and a very opportunistic offense scored on three of four red zone opportunities. EA went on an 82-yard drive on the Spartans’ first possession. Senior quarterback Tyran Irvin finished the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.

East Ascension took a 10-0 lead by converting both of its scoring opportunities into points as the Spartans added to its lead in the second quarter with a 39-yard field goal by senior Cale Kernan.

The Panthers had two scoring opportunities in the first half but didn’t take advantage of them. The Panthers drove to the EA 29-yard line as the Panther quarterback threw a pass in the end zone that Spartans safety Johnny Baker intercepted to end the drive. There was another opportunity for McKinley, but Joshua Joseph missed a 31-yard field goal.

The Spartans rounded off its scoring with a 94-yards drive that was capped off with Irvin’s 8-yard touchdown run upped the lead to 16-0 with 4:03 left in the game. Irvin, in his final regular-season home game, rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns. The Spartans rushed for 269 yards and turned four red-zone possessions into two touchdowns and a field goal.

The Spartans will finish their regular season and district slate on the road as they face the Broadmoor Buccaneers at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Gators make Buccaneers walk the plank 57-8

St. Amant snapped a two-game losing streak Friday with a 57-8 victory against Broadmoor on Senior Night at The Pit in a District 5-5A game. Held to 24 points in their last two outings, the Gators went on an offensive tear as St. Amant scored on all six of its first-half possessions.

The Gator defense forced a Broadmoor punt on the opening drive and St. Amant proceeded to drive 68 yards on six plays for their first score. Hayden Mallory hit wide receiver Briggs Bourgeois with a 10-yard touchdown pass. After an interception by defensive back Patrick Wolfe, running back Nathan Taylor scored on a 4-yard run.

The third touchdown came as Mark Darby ran it in from a yard out. Mallory hit Bourgeois again from 6 yards out for the fourth touchdown of the half to make it 29-0 midway through the second quarter. Nathan Taylor got two more touchdowns before halftime, which made the score 43-0 at the break.

On the first play of the second half, Darby ran the ball 65 yards for his second touchdown of the game. Cade Nelson finished the Gators’ scoring by carrying the ball four times for 34 yards, with the final carry being a 1-yard score.

Senior quarterback Mallory led the offense by completing nine of 10 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Bourgeois topped the receivers, hauling in four catches for 62 yards and both scores. Taylor led the ground attack with 102 yards on 12 carries and a pair of touchdowns.

St. Amant will finish the season with a tough road game against cross-parish rival Dutchtown Griffins at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Donaldsonville takes win

The Donaldsonville Tigers evened their district record to 3-3 and kept their playoff hopes alive after a tough victory over the Glen Oaks Panthers at Floyd Boutte Stadium on Friday night by the score of 38-28.

The Tigers’ (3-6, 3-3) offense started off pretty hot as they put two touchdowns on the board to lead 14-0 after the first quarter. The Panthers (1-8, 1-3) countered with two touchdowns of their own and Donaldsonville added one for a halftime score of 20-14.

The Panthers scored a touchdown with a two-point conversion and took the lead in the third quarter 22-20. The Tiger offense came alive in the fourth quarter and put 18 more points on the board as Glen Oaks could only manage one touchdown for the 38-28 final score.

Donaldsonville will wind up the regular season against the University Lab Kittens in Baton Rouge at 7 p.m. Friday.

Ascension Catholic loses

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs lost their final district game of the season to the Kentwood Kangaroos by the score of 40-20. The Bulldogs (3-6, 1-4) put in a valiant effort but it wasn’t enough to stop the Roos (8-1, 4-0).

The Bulldogs will end their regular season with a nondistrict game against the Kaplan Pirates at home 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.

Editor’s Note: - Two Ascension Parish football games have changed dates:

East Ascension at Broadmoor moved to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Kaplan at Ascension Catholic moved to 7 p.m. Thursday.