By Peter Pasqua
DONALDSONVILLE – Ascension Catholic High School used the legs of Jai Williams and a stout defense to knock off top-ranked Kentwood 12-7 in a District 6-1A showdown Friday night at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium.
The Bulldogs (8-1, 3-1), coached by Drey Trosclair and ranked No. 8 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 1A poll, held No. 1 ranked Kentwood (8-1, 3-1) to 202 total yards while forcing three costly turnovers.
A Week 10 Kentwood victory over third-ranked Southern Lab (8-1, 4-0), a 22-19 winner over Ascension Catholic in Week 7, could force a three-way tie for the district title. The Bulldogs close out the regular season at St. John – Plaquemine (3-6, 0-4) Friday night.
Junior running back Williams rushed for 208 yards and scored both of Ascension Catholic’s touchdowns in the first half. Senior running mate Jamar Barber added 43 yards on 12 attempts.
Kangaroo quarterback Terrell Hookfin completed 10-of-20 passes for 141 yards and added 40 yards rushing on nine attempts.
Williams punched it in from 3 yards out on the Bulldogs’ first possession of the game to take a 6-0 lead with 8:26 remaining the first quarter after John Broussard strip sacked Hookfin on the third play from scrimmage and Dillion Davis recovered the fumble to give Ascension Catholic great field position.
Barber then forced a fumble by Kentwood wide receiver Trey Palmer, an LSU commit, to set up Williams’ second score, a 6-yard run in the second quarter, building a 12-0 halftime lead.
The Kangaroos cut it to 12-7 in the third quarter on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Hookfin to Ed Magee but Ascension Catholic’s defense bowed up the rest of the way including a key interception by Eric Simon late in the game.
Kentwood defeated the Bulldogs 13-7 last season and both teams reached the Superdome finishing as Class 1A and Division IV state runners-up, respectively.