Even though Ascension Catholic went just 4-6 in 2015 and even though they lost explosive two-way weapon Kaleb Winchester, head coach Drey Trosclair was confident that his team would take a big step forward this season.

Even though Ascension Catholic went just 4-6 in 2015 and even though they lost explosive two-way weapon Kaleb Winchester, head coach Drey Trosclair was confident that his team would take a big step forward this season.

Before the year even began, Trosclair said, “We have some comfort now, and the culture is starting to change. The guys are starting to adapt to what the coaching staff wants them to do and what we want them to be and the vision we have for them.”

He was right.

Ascension Catholic completed a tremendous turnaround in Trosclair’s second season as their head coach.

They went from 4-6 to 6-4. They spent multiple weeks ranked in the Class 1A top five.

Even having to face a brutal schedule that featured seven playoff teams and two upper-classification schools, the Bulldogs were able to reach the postseason for the first time in two years.

In doing so, they earned the No. 6 seeding in the Division IV playoffs and were able to host a first-round game against St. Edmund. It was a contest they dominated, 35-7.

In the second round, they had to travel to No. 3 Southern Lab, a district foe that had beaten them 50-0 during the regular season.

Things were much different this time around.

Ascension Catholic fought hard. They only trailed, 20-13, midway through the fourth quarter. However, two big plays by the Kittens iced a 36-13 victory.

Southern Lab went on to win the Division IV state title for the second straight season.

As a result of the Bulldogs’ successful 2016 turnaround, they earned a whopping 22 selections on the All-District 6-1A team.

This included eight selections on the fist team.

On offense, running back Jamar Barber was a first-teamer, along with freshman fullback Jai Williams and senior wide receiver Kebori Hunter.

On defense, senior end D.J. Giroir was a first-team selection, along with linebacker Bubba Gautreau and safeties Jacoby Stewart and Mason Zeringue.

Giroir also made the first team as a kicker.

Seven Bulldogs made the all-district second team.

On offense, both Jacob Matirne and Dillion Davis made the second team from the line.

Stewart was a second-team selection at receiver, and senior Javon Yarbrough made it at quarterback.

Defensively, Davis made the second team from his end position, Yarbrough made it as linebacker and Barber was a second-team selection at defensive back.

Finally, Ascension Catholic bolstered seven honorable mention selections.

On offense, Giroir and Nick Hilliard made it from the line, and Williams made it at running back. On defense, Williams and Parker Hales made it at linebacker, and both Hunter and Rodney Blanchard made it at defensive back.