Spring football recap 2018
East Ascension Spartans
The East Ascension Spartans are coming off a solid 2017 campaign that included a share of the District 5-5A title and a playoff victory.
Head coach Darnell Lee led the 2018 version through spring and was very happy with the results. “We focused on playing really physical. Our offensive and defensive line have a chance to be pretty good,” he said.
The offensive line loses All-State and LSU signee Cameron Lee but has some solid players returning.
“Faelepule Alo was first team and we moved him to center. He will anchor our line,” Lee said. Cooper Ducote will play guard and has played well inside.
The defensive line has some returning All-District players including Deshon Hall.
“Deshon Hall is a tough guy to block and has several D1 offers including Colorado State. Stanford Knockum will anchor us at nose,” Lee said.
Jaquun Mitchell is a leader in the secondary along with corner Jalen Norman.
The Spartans lost Arkansas Monticello signee Jimel London, who was the Swiss Army knife for EA. Early indications show that running back Nick Massey and wide receivers Shavionn “Shakey” Robinson and Markquell Stewart are poised to shine in the fall.
“Shakey, Nick and Markquell are talented guys that played well in the spring game versus Live Oak,” Lee said.
The Spartans return starting quarterback Jason Wakefield, but he was out with an injury in the spring.
“Cameron Jones has stepped up in the absence of Wakefield. He’s a good athlete and a dual threat. We look forward to getting Wakefield back,” Lee said.
The Spartans and Live Oak continued their battle from the playoffs into the spring game.
“Great work for us, our defense was ‘bend but don’t break’ and our offense moved the ball,” Lee said. “Massey and Ethan Bagwell ran strong inside and our receivers caught the ball. Line play was physical.”
Now comes the grind: summer workouts and running, the time when teams gain strength and become a team.
“Looking for a great summer — (we) just need to stay healthy and the future can be bright,” Lee said.