Tigers' speed too much for Bulldogs in 7 on 7

Peter Silas Pasqua
Donaldsonville's Tre` Sullivan tips a pass that is hauled in by Ascension Catholic's Tyler Kliebert for a 45-yard touchdown as Bryant Dunn defends in the Tigers' 30-8 victory in 7 on 7 football Thursday evening.

Donaldsonville utilized its speed to produce three touchdowns in the second half on way to a 30-8 victory over Ascension Catholic in 7 on 7 football Thursday evening at DHS's practice field.

"Down through the years, Donaldsonville has had speed and we still have speed," Donaldsonville head coach Gary Adkins said. "We were fast last year, but I think we are just as fast now or close to it. We don't throw the ball very much. 7 on 7 for us is really about working on defense and getting our kids in shape.

"His kids competed well. We know a lot of their kids and they know a lot of ours. It is really nice that these two schools can come together and do something like this. I think it is great for our community and good for the kids, coaches and fans. I really enjoyed scrimmaging them. We are a small town and we all get along."

Ascension Catholic had knotted it up 8-8 going into halftime.

"We hung in there," Ascension Catholic head coach Rick Bolotte said. "We just can't handle the speed. We ran some good routes. We hit a few receivers. I was proud of our kids. We got a bunch of strong kids. I knew he was going to have speed. He always does.

"We wanted to do this to get a head start and show our kids what it is like. We have been weightlifting but we had never done this before at Ascension (Catholic). We used to do it when I was at Donaldsonville and were very successful."

The schools are expected to hit the field again Thursday at 6 p.m., while Donaldsonville will participate in a tournament at LSU Saturday. Official practice doesn't begin till Aug. 4.

"We take advantage of this because we are allowed to," Adkins said. "Certainly, when you get to Aug. 4, the kids know what is going on by then. Plus, they are in pretty good shape when they report."

Laine Bailey hit Jamar Landry in the left corner of the end zone for a 7-yard scoring strike on the Tigers' opening possession of the second half. Bailey connected with Shaqueel Babin on a 20-yard bootleg to open the drive before an 18-yard pass to Landry to set up the score. Jared Cole hauled in the two-point conversion in the right corner of the end zone to make it 16-8.

"I thought we ran some really good routes," Adkins said. "I thought the quarterback threw the ball real well. He had a couple of little bo-bos but for the most part we succeeded in the intermediate routes, which I like to see because we can't throw the ball deep all the time."

Babin intercepted Scott Charleville on the first possession of the half after Charleville connected with Tyler Kliebert for 5 yards.

Charleville hit Jess Daze` and Jace` Schexnaydre crossing over the middle for 10 and 15 yards to open the Bulldogs' next possession before Babin picked him again at the 5-yard line.

"You got four seconds to throw ball," Bolotte said. "The fastest kid we got is probably 4.6. The fastest they have is about 4.3 and they got a lot of 4.5s. We are going to be OK. Our passing game needs some work. When we play a team with speed like this, it is tough to handle."

Bailey then hit Landry streaking down the left sideline a play later for a 45-yard score to make it 22-8.

Charleville hit James LeBeouf and Kolby Martinez for two short passes that fell short of the first down marker on the next possession and Bailey then hit Babin crossing over the middle from 8 yards to cap an 8-play drive giving Donaldsonville a 30-8 lead. Bailey hit Titus Howard, Akiee Turner and Landry for 12, 8 and 18 yards on the drive.

Kliebert picked off Bailey in the end zone on the opening possession of the contest after Bryant Dunn hauled in a 21-yard pass over the middle.

Four possessions later, Bailey hit Tre` Brown down the left sideline for a 28-yard scoring strike after connecting with Howard for 17 yards. Bailey's pass to Landry on the conversion gave Donaldsonville an 8-0 lead.

Two possessions later, Taylor Tripode intercepted Bailey and Kliebert hauled in Charleville's tipped pass for a 45-yard score a play later. Charleville hit Daze` in the back of the end zone to knot it up 8-8.

Bailey was 15 of 29 for 235 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Landry had five receptions for 97 yards, while Babin added three for 42 yards.

Charleville completed 7 of 17 passes for 94 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. Kliebert had two receptions for 50 yards and Daze` added two for 20 yards.

Donaldsonville won 28-6 in junior varsity action.

Devon Breaux hit Cole over the middle for a 3-yard score to open the contest after connecting with Cole, Brown and Howard for 9, 21 and 12 yards. Breaux hit Dontrell Green in the left corner on the conversion to make it 8-0.

Ascension Catholic quickly answered when Robert Landry hit Martinez crossing from 5 yards after connecting with Martinez and Marcquise Zeno for 16 and 19 yards, respectively.

Ryan Rodrigue intercepted Breaux on the next possession but the Bulldogs fell short on third down and Breaux hit Babin for 40 yards a play later before connecting with Cole for a 5-yard strike giving Donaldsonville a 14-6 lead.

Breaux hit Cole for 35 yards on the opening possession of the second half and threw to Howard from 10 yards for the score. A possession later Breaux hit Cole deep over the middle of a 45-yard score and connected with Howard in the left corner on the conversion for the final tally.

Breaux was 11 of 18 for 200 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Cole hauled in five passes for 97 yards, while Howard had three catches for 30 yards.

Landry completed 10 of 18 passes for 83 yards and one touchdown. Martinez had five receptions for 38 yards, while Zeno added two for 24 yards and Taylor Landry had two for 20 yards.

Donaldsonville's Shaqueel Babin is stopped on a bootleg by Ascension Catholic's Kolby Martinez.