By Peter Pasqua
DONALDSONVILLE – Ascension Catholic High School opened District 6-1A play much like every other game this season. With a lopsided victory over East Iberville 42-14 Friday night at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium.
The Bulldogs (6-0, 1-0) advanced to the Division IV state championship game last season and have been ranked No. 8 in Class 1A all season long under coach Drey Trosclair.
While perhaps not as dominate as in their first five games, Ascension Catholic still turned the game into a runaway taking a 29-7 halftime lead and out-gaining the Tigers in total yardage 291-156. The Bulldogs also took advantage of five East Iberville (4-2, 0-1) turnovers including three fumbles and a pair of interceptions.
The running back duo of Jai Williams and Jamar Barber accounted for two touchdowns apiece while Rodney Blanchard caught a touchdown reception from John Mire and threw another to Tre Medine.
Mire connected with Blanchard on a 4-yard score to crack the scoreboard in the first quarter and the first of four point after touchdown kicks from Blanchard made it 7-0. Williams added a 7-yard touchdown run in the first quarter before Mike Tripplet scored on a 22-yard run to put the Tigers on the board.
Barber then scored on runs of 1 and 44 yards to close out the half.
Williams’ 67-yard jaunt opened the second half and Medine’s 45-yard touchdown reception from Blanchard made it 42-7. Skylar Jones’ 4-yard reflected the final tally for East Iberville.
The Bulldogs’ biggest test of the season comes Friday night in Baton Rouge against Southern Lab (5-1, 1-0). The No. 3 Kittens beat Ascension Catholic 30-8 last season.