Ascension Episcopal could have been susceptible to a trap game Friday when it faced Ascension Christian while having the Lafayette Christian game looming for next week.
AES coach Michael Desormeaux said he hasn’t mentioned next week’s game once and Friday’s 63-0 final score proved he had the Blue Gators focused on ACS.
“All week long we talked about Ascension Christian,” Desormeaux said. “They deserved the respect to prepare the right way for them. We knew they spread the ball around on offense, and we would have to be in the right spots.”
Desormeaux said he was exceptionally pleased with the physicality on defense, something the coaches have been working on all season.
“We’re playing physical right now and tackling well,” he said. “That is something we’ve stressed, and it’s fun to see us doing that in the game.”
AES running back Ja’Ceiry Linzer had another big performance, going for 179 yards and four touchdowns. His night was cut short because of the big lead and Desormeaux said the goal for Linzer was to keep him healthy.
“Ja’Ceiry did a really good job when we called his number tonight,” Desormeaux said. “He’s growing up for us a lot and he is going to be a guy we need down the stretch. We didn’t want to keep pounding him once we got the lead. We wanted to spread it around a little bit and get some guys some catches.”
Quarterback Jake Arceneaux hit four different receivers en route to going 13-of-16 for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Zach Ronquillo had eight catches for 89 yards and Brennan Ducote two passes, both of them touchdowns.
“Ronquillo is smooth and has great hands,” Desormeaux said. “He is only a sophomore, so he is going to be good for us. It was good to see him get catches and good to see Ducote get a couple balls. We got a bunch of guys in the mix, and we know we are going to need those guys later.”
Despite being up 63-0, Desormeaux coached until the clock hit zeros. He said at that point, playing mostly freshmen and sophomores, he couldn’t stop teaching the young players in game situations. They responded by preserving the shutout and sealing the game when freshman John Wyatt Hinds intercepted ACS quarterback Chris Middleton.
“We need those young guys to understand that they’re our future,” Desormeaux said. “We tell them all the time that every guy matters.
“Whether you’re up by 40 or down by 40, we have to keep coaching. You can learn from every experience and I was very proud with the way our young guys played.”
Desormeaux said the 63-0 performance was a sign of maturity in that the Blue Gators did not fall victim to the proverbial trap game. AES will face LCA next week and Desormeaux said the team is ready for that challenge.
“We didn’t mention LCA not one time this week,” Desormeaux said.
“Our guys handled it well and now we can get started on LCA and figure out a way to beat them.”