DENHAM SPRINGS - East Ascension's backup quarterback Deandrus Ennis made his first snap count against Denham Springs on Friday night.
The speedy senior entered for starter Adam Miller in the second period, grabbed the shotgun snap and ran 60 yards through the middle of Denham Springs' defense.
The big play set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Sione Pelelei that put the visitors ahead by a touchdown and provided the spark they needed to blitz to a 42-33 nondistrict win.
East Ascension and Denham Springs entered the Yellow Jackets' homecoming game with 3-1 records and both will enter district play next week.
Miller paced the Spartans by running the offense efficiently. The senior connected on his first five passes as EAHS (4-1) jumped out to a 28-13 lead at halftime. Miller entered the game with five passing TDs on the season and tacked on two more. He finished with 177 yards on 11-of-15 passing with one interception.
Senior running back Jarmarcus Jarvis led East Ascension's ground game with 143 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. He also contributed another 102 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. Ennis finished with 65 yards on four attempts and also had three receptions for 29 yards.
The only weak spot for East Ascension's was 18 penalties for 180 yards.
The Yellow Jackets scored two unanswered TDs in the third period to pull within eight points.
But Jarvis galloped for a 76-yard score late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
"We had to keep playing hard because every time we thought we had some breathing room, they came back and battled us," said EAHS coach Paul Bourgeois. "They fought hard, but I was proud of our guys because we kept playing hard too."
DSHS was let offensively by quarterback Kyle Cedotal, who threw for 225 yards on 15-of-28 passing with three touchdowns and one interception.
The homestanding Yellow Jackets mounted a furious comeback attempt with a pass from Cedotal to Dron Singleton and a 5-yard scoring run by Cedotal, but came up short.
The Jackets faced a short week of preparation after traveling to play Rummel last Saturday. But coach Dru Nettles wasn't buying that as an excuse for the loss.
"Really, we just did a poor job of coaching," Nettles said. "We made too many mistakes and didn't take advantage of our opportunities on offense, defense and special teams. We didn't coach well enough during the week or during the game to be prepared to come out here and play a good game."
Miller stung the Yellow Jackets with an 86-yard touchdown pass on the Spartans' first possession. DSHS had the visitors going backward after defensive lineman Cody Diblasio registered a tackle for loss and the Spartans were penalized twice.
Facing a third-and-15, the Spartans dialed up a middle screen pass from Miller to Jarvis, who weaved his way through the secondary and outraced two pursuers for a touchdown.
Denham Springs answered with a six-play scoring drive capped by Cedotal's 25-yard touchdown toss to Singleton. The senior receiver beat Spartans defender Vance Grayson to the left corner of the end zone and pulled in the pass for the TD. David McKey's point-after tied the score.
EAHS will open District 5-5A play next week with a homecoming game against McKinley. DSHS will host Scotlandville in its District 4-5A opener.