ACHS continues to be thorn in Tiger paw in 8-A football

Tryve Brackin

Ascension CHS continued to be a thorn in the paw of the East Iberville High Tigers’ pride in District 8-A football. The visiting Donaldsonville Catholics pulled away from a determined Tiger club right before halftime and added to a touchdown lead in the second half to take a 34-16 league opener Friday night in St. Gabriel.

Since the two area football programs began battling for 1-A district titles, the Ascension CHS team has never lost to East Iberville. Dropping down from 2-A ball in the early 1980s, and first developing a state contender program, the D’ville Bulldogs have dominated the Tigers.

Two years ago, EI came close, just missing a victory when ACHS rallied late in a game played in Donaldsonville. This time around in St. Gabriel the hosting Tigers struck first on a short TD run and a two-point conversion for an early 8-0 lead. ACHS fought back to tie the score at 8-8. Again the EIHS offense tallied on a short rushing TD and then a two-point conversion to make it a second lead for the locals by a 16-8 count. But, before halftime, the visiting Bulldogs tallied again and held a 20-16 halftime margin. The young and thin Tiger lineup worn down in the second half and Ascension CHS rallied for two more touchdowns and a 14-0 second-half showing to win the game by an 18-point margin.

“Our team played hard. I was pleased with the effort. They wore us down. Despite losing, I continued to see improvement out of our young team,” commented Coach Kelcy Dotson.

The 0-6 overall Tigers garnered solid rushing efforts from the duo of Nick Brooks and Leonard Little. Brooks tallied both of the EIHS TDs on short runs, while Little added the two conversions on runs.

The 16-point scoring effort was the best offensive showing thus far this season by the Tigers, who have been shutout in four of their six season losses.

Meanwhile, Coach Rick Bolotte’s young Bulldog club won its first game of the season and tallied a season-best 34 points. Wade Bailey led the ACHS offense with 169 yards rushing with touchdowns runs of 56 and 60 yards.

Both the young football teams face tough challenges this week as 8-A play continues into the second week. The Tigers hit the road to play 2-4 overall West St. John High down in Edgard. The Rams are coming off an 8-A opening 55-14 rout of 0-6 Christian Life. Ascension CHS faces 3-3 White Castle High, which routed St. John 49-24 Friday night in the District 8-A opener for the Iberville Parish rivals.