ACHS too much for East Iberville

PETER SILAS PASQUA news@postsouth.com
East Iberville's Lamont Kerr strips the football from Ascension Catholic's Garrett Hales as Tony Westly closes in during the fourth quarter of the Tigers' 55-20 District 9-1A loss on Thursday night. Kerr had three fumble recoveries returning one for a touchdown. 

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DONALDSONVILLE – Ascension Catholic rolled up over 400 yards rushing and scored on seven of their first eight possessions on the way to a 55-20 District 9-1A victory over East Iberville on Thursday night at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 3-1), currently No. 20 in unofficial power rankings and tied for second-place in district standings with White Castle who they will meet in the regular season finale, outgained East Iberville 541-254 in total yardage with 465 of it coming on the ground. The Tigers (3-5, 1-3) ran nine more plays than Ascension Catholic's 40 and won the turnover battle 3-2.

"They are a good ball club and well coached," East Iberville coach John Young said. "A couple of times on defense we were misaligned defending the option. At times, we played it really well and then we gave up the big play. That is what is killing us as a team but we are not going to give up. We just have to play tough and see if we can get better."

Bulldog quarterback D.J. Latino rushed for 128 yards and one touchdown on eight attempts and completed 3-of-4 passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns.

Jacquel Wade rushed for three touchdowns and 88 yards on four attempts and Patrick Butler had two touchdown receptions for 59 yards. Gilbert Allen added a rushing touchdown and interception and Kenneth Dominique provided 77 yards on seven attempts. Wade Bailey scored two two-point conversions.

Delmond Landry returned an interception for a touchdown and had two sacks.

"We did a good job of handling the ball tonight," Ascension Catholic coach Doug Moreau said. "We have been of shooting ourselves in the foot the last few games and stopping ourselves."

Tiger quarterback Junius Chong completed 12-of-25 passes for two touchdowns and 194 yards but was intercepted once.

Darryl Ingram had two touchdown receptions and 141 yards receiving on six catches. Lamont Kerr had three fumble recoveries returning one for a touchdown and 25 yards on three receptions.

Reggie Brock and Taylor Graf each had tackles for loss. East Iberville's leading rusher Javonta Sherman only had two carries while nursing an injury the past three weeks.

"We are a running team and have had success with it but we have had to transform what we like to do and it isn't our strong suit," Young said.

East Iberville drove into Bulldog territory on the opening possession but a penalty send the Tigers backwards before Wade took a late option pitch left from Latino 15 yards for a touchdown to cap Ascension Catholic's first 9-play, 77-yard drive to make it 6-0 with 5:08 left in the first quarter.

Allen intercepted a tipped pass on the ensuing possession and scored on a 9-yard run to finish off the next drive after Wade reversed field for a 32-yard gain. Latino passed to Bailey on the conversion to make it 14-0 with 2:26 left in the first.

Kerr returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the Bulldogs' next possession after Joseph Bailey's 24-yard reception pushed the Tigers just outside of the red zone on the previous series.

Wade's 12-yard run capped Ascension Catholic's next possession and Bailey ran in the conversion to make it 22-6 with 8:42 left in the second quarter.

Latino's 3-yard run following a 48-yard gain put the Bulldogs back on the board three minutes, 13 seconds later and James Martin's point after touchdown kick increased the lead to 29-6.

Young's 30-yard reception from Chong pushed East Iberville into Bulldog territory on the next possession but Landry's 10-yard sack on fourth down helped set up Butler's 43-yard catch and run from Latino with 41 seconds remaining in the half. Martin's kick made it 36-6.

Latino and Butler hooked up again for a 16-yard touchdown on the opening possession of second half despite's Brock's 2-yard tackle for loss to increase the lead to 42-6 with 9:45 left in the third quarter.

Chong had first down completions to Kerr and Young on the next possession but was sacked by Landry and Alex Sotile before Wade bulled his way into the end zone on a 29-yard run on the ensuing series to make it 48-6 with 1:36 left in the third.

Landry juggled and returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the next possession.

Chong found Ingram crossing over the middle for a 32-yard touchdown on the ensuing possession after Casey Bolfa's 11-yard run pushed the Tigers across midfield.

Ingram floated under a deep ball from Chong for a 52-yard score on the Tigers' next series after Kerr returned a stripped fumble to the Bulldog 20. Kerr ran in the conversion off a direct snap to reflect the final tally with 6:30 left to play.

Kerr recovered another strip on the next series.

East Iberville hosts district-leading West St. John (5-3, 4-0) on Friday night in the regular season finale.