St. Amant Gators move to 6-0

Coaches use the cliché, “play it one game at a time, and try to be 1-0 each night.” The Gators have been successful doing that six weeks in a row, after beating district power Catholic High 21-14 at The Pit.

"Excited for the kids, coaches, students and the community," coach David Oliver said. "Starting out 1-0 in this tough district is big."

The Gators forced the Bears to punt on several possessions early and put together a couple of long drives that resulted in touchdowns.

"The early stops and touchdowns set the tone. Our defense has played great," Oliver said.

Running back Cade Nelson and quarterback Halen Miller had first-half touchdowns as the Gators led 14-0 at the half. The Gators gave up a 51-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter and were clinging to a 14-7 lead heading to the final quarter.

"We were a little flat early in the second half. Our defense did set us up with great field position, but we couldn't capitalize on it," Oliver said.

The Gator offense got back on the board in the fourth quarter with a touchdown from Miller to Grant Alexander. "Grant has been great for us: four big catches and a touchdown," the coach said.

Catholic ran a trick play to get within 21-14, but The Pit Crew defense got a late interception from KJ Franklin to seal the deal and set off an excited crowd.

Things don't get any easier in the district as the Gators travel to parish rival Dutchtown on Friday.

"Dutchtown is capable of beating anyone, and we will have to be ready, throw the records out in this one," Oliver said.

Winning one game at a time has certainly worked well for the Gators: 6-0 and 1-0 in district has them feeling good.

East Ascension defense and ground game come up big

Coach Darnell Lee watched as his Spartans fell behind rival Dutchtown in the first quarter.

"We fell behind 12-0 but didn't panic. The defense played lights out the rest of the way," he said.

Senior Jimel London sparked the EA offense with touchdown runs of 48 and 50 yards.

"London stepped in as he normally does. We have some injured guys on offense," Lee said. "Thomas Leavy, Shedrick Smith and QB Tim Wakefield have stepped up their game."

The Spartans led 21-12 at the half, and it was the defense’s time to shine in the second half. "Our defensive front causes disruption, and our corners, Mitchell and London, are really good," Lee said.

The Spartan defense gave up one touchdown in the second half, forcing several punts and grabbing three turnovers.

The Spartans’ special teams continue to be an area where Lee is looking for improved play. "Our special teams must keep improving. The third phase is so important," he said.

London had 143 yards on seven carries and three touchdowns. Quarterback Ben Mays of Dutchtown led the Griffin offense with two touchdown passes and a 65-yard touchdown run.

"Dutchtown is getting better each week, and we're a hot team," Lee said.

The Griffins dropped to 3-3, and the Spartans moved to 5-1. The rivalry between the two schools showed as 195 total yards in penalties were called.

"It's a good rivalry. The kids showed lots of emotion, have to stay under control," Lee said.

The Spartans host Broadmoor for homecoming this week.

Football results Week 5

Ascension Catholic (6-0)

55-0 victory over East Iberville

Next: vs. Southern Lab

Bulldog defense gave up 53 total yards

Parker Hales (13), Bubba Gautreau (12) and Jai Williams (12) led in tackles

Charlie Gianelloni had five tackles for a loss

Jamar Barber and Jai Williams rushed for 345 and four touchdowns

Gautreau connected with Tre Medine and Mason Zeringue for touchdowns

Face tough test with Lab this week

Ascension Christian (4-2)

28-21 victory over St. Martins

Next: at Delcambre

Landon Ortego rushed for 137 yards, two touchdowns and had 13 tackles

Back-to-back wins for Lions

Donaldsonville (5-1)

26-22 loss to St James

Next: at St. Charles

Tiger offense led by Jaylin Williams and Ladarius Jackson

Front 7 are good as advertised

St. James scored with 1 minute to take lead

Tigers show they are a force in 3A

Dutchtown (3-3)

28-18 loss to East Ascension

Next: vs. St. Amant

Led EA 12-0 early

Quarterback Ben Mayes was bright spot on offense

Cohen Parent continues to show strong leg (19- and 40-yard field goals)

Defense is improving and special teams are solid

East Ascension (5-1)

28-18 victory over Dutchtown

Next: vs. Broadmoor

St. Amant (6-0)

21-14 victory over Catholic

Next: at Dutchtown

Updated power rankings

Ascension Catholic: 1 in D4

Donaldsonville: 13 in 3A

Dutchtown: 25 in 5A

East Ascension: 7 in 5A

St. Amant: 4 in 5A

Overall record of Ascension Parish schools: 29-7

81 percent winning

Ascension Parish volleyball records

Ascension Catholic 10-14

Ascension Christian 11-8

Donaldsonville 2-6

Dutchtown 12-9

East Ascension 22-4 (12-game winning streak)

St. Amant 9-13

Power rankings as of Oct. 3

Division 1: East Ascension, 2; Dutchtown, 14; St. Amant, 20

Division 4: Donaldsonville, 26

Division 5: Ascension Christian, 11; Ascension Catholic, 12

Troy LeBoeuf covers sports for the Ascension Advocate. He can be reached at or or on Twitter @Troyleboeuf.