Ascension Athletics for June 16, 2016 _lowres

Lyle Johnson

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs used their offensive prowess and gained 572 total yards in Friday night’s 48-0 game against the Ascension Christian Lions to gain their first 6-1A district win.

The Bulldogs (2-4, 1-1) used that offensive punch to score 41 points in the first half. Kaleb Winchester led the way for the Bulldogs with three scores. Running backs Jacob Lagrange, Javon Yarbrough and Landon Landry and quarterback Daniel Mattingly each scored a touchdown for the Bulldogs.

Ascension Christian (3-3, 0-1) couldn’t get on track as the stingy Bulldog defense held them to 84 yards of total offense.

The Lions will travel to Plaquemine to face St. John in a nondistrict game at 7 p.m. Friday. Ascension Catholic will head to St. Gabriel to take on East Iberville in a district contest at 7 p.m. Friday.

Donaldsonville 2-0 in district play with win over Port Allen

The Donaldsonville Tigers have only two victories this year but both are district wins. The Tigers (2-4, 2-0) won Friday night’s away conference game against Port Allen 29-20.

The Tigers will next play Baker, taking on the Buffaloes in a 3A District 6 test at 7 p.m. Friday.

Dutchtown High Griffins steamroll Broadmoor 48-8

The Dutchtown High Griffins took advantage of their ground game and came away with a 48-8 victory over the Broadmoor Buccaneers in Baton Rouge on Friday. The one-two-punch of running backs Fitell Bolding and Charles Davis was a little too much for Broadmoor’s defense as they teamed up to rush for 171 yards and three touchdowns.

Bolding notched 78 yards on eight carries for a nearly 10-yard average and scored a 2-yard touchdown. Davis ran for 93 yards on seven carries that included a pair of touchdown runs of 14 and 2 yards for the Griffins (4-2, 1-0).

Griffins quarterback Jared Sparks used his passing skills to complete 8 of 12 passes for 113 yards and two touchdown tosses. Sparks threw touchdown passes of 15 yards to Caleb Ricca and 44 yards to Jalen Carlin.

The Griffins will travel to McKinley to face the Panthers in a 5A District 5 outing at 7 p.m. Friday.

Spartans lose district opener

The East Ascension Spartans lost their opening district game to the Catholic High Bears 34-6 — not exactly the way coach Paul Bourgeois and the Spartans (2-4, 0-1) wanted to start out district play.

Things started off pretty good for the Spartans as the defense came up with a stop and the Bears (4-2, 1-0) missed a 35-yard field goal. EA took over and gambled on a fourth-and-inches play on its own 29-yard line.

After converting for the first down, the Spartans punted four plays later. A bad snap ensued that punter Cale Kernan couldn’t handle and the Bears recovered the fumble inside the 10-yard line, the first of four turnovers for EA. One play later, Bears quarterback Ian Brian hit Clyde Edwards-Helaire on a short pass for a touchdown and Catholic High never looked back.

On the next drive, senior defensive back Daniel Guilbeau picked off a pass from Spartans senior quarterback Kyran Irvin to give the Bears the ball on the 20. Edwards-Helaire took a handoff for a 20-yard touchdown as CHS took a 14-point lead.

The Spartans had a few more opportunities but they didn’t capitalize on them. Junior cornerback Cameron Simon returned a CHS punt for 43 yards but the drive stalled after a pair of drops by sophomore receiver Raekwon Mackyeon. EA had another opportunity to score after senior safety Johnny Baker intercepted a tipped ball. Irvin used his running abilities to get the ball to the 2-yard line but he was hit by a host of Bears and fumbled the ball.

The Spartans will host the undefeated St. Amant Gators at 7 p.m. Friday at Spartan Stadium.

St. Amant skins Panthers 37-8 to stay undefeated

LSU had the Chinese Bandits who helped lead the Tigers to an 11-0 season. New Orleans had the Dome Patrol that helped the Saints to four playoff appearances, including the franchise’s first-ever playoff appearance in 1987 and one NFC West title.

St. Amant (6-0, 1-0) has the “Pit Crew” that helped the Gators overcome four lost fumbles and 11 penalties to lead the way in a 37-8 skinning of the McKinley Panthers. The defense kept the Panthers on their heels all night and never allowed a sustained drive all game long. McKinley crossed the 50-yard line only twice.

Quarterback Hayden Mallory was 19 of 37 for 309 yards with three touchdown passes. He led the Gators on a 55-yard drive for their first touchdown in nine plays with four completions. Running back Nathan Taylor caught a Mallory pass on fourth-and-1 and scampered in for a 10-yard touchdown. St. Amant built a 20-0 halftime lead and opened it to 34-8 after three quarters.

McKinley (2-4, 0-1) spent most of the night in its own end of the field , managing only a Lil John Lewis 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The Panthers pretty much abandoned the run in the second half and never really got clicking on offense.

The Gators’ all-around player Briggs Bourgeois caught eight passes from Mallory for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He also kicked field goals of 48, 25 and 22 yards.

St. Amant will take their undefeated record across town to face the Spartans. In this rivalry game, the records of both teams can be tossed out — anything could happen.

What to watch for in the Gators-Spartans game

Although records and statistics are an important factor in the prediction game, it’s not quite as important when it comes to the annual EA versus St. Amant game. The intangibles are more important sometimes, and this year shouldn’t be any different from other years.

The teams and their supporters will be whipped up into a frenzy as the golf tournament, jambalaya sale and the all-important Gators/Spartans Shout Out already have taken place. Tailgating spots will be at an all-time premium around Spartan Stadium, and emotions will run high right until kickoff.

But there is a football game involved and the players will be the ones who determine the outcome, so here are a few things to watch out for. The Spartans will be led on offense by senior quarterback Kyran Irvin. He’ll have an effect on the ground and in the air.

Mistakes will have to be at a minimum. The Spartans have had more than they’d like at this point of the season, and the offense needs to hit on all cylinders to keep the Gators’ defense off balance.

The Gators have had their share of miscues, as well, but they’ve managed to keep things on track to be undefeated . Quarterback Hayden Mallory has been consistent in his passing game and Briggs Bourgeois has been his top receiver.

Nathan Taylor has anchored the running attack, which is important to help the passing game. But, like I said, in this rivalry, one might as well throw out the stats and records.

Good luck to both teams.

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