Bulldogs opens season with a win

Troy Leboeuf

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The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs football team waited an extra two days to start the 2012 regular season due to Hurricane Isaac and they awarded new head Coach Doug Moreau with a convincing 43-14 win over Hanson Memorial at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium.  The game was played on Sunday at two p.m. with scorching temperatures, but Ascension Catholic didn’t seem to be bothered with the conditions or having two days to prepare.  The Bulldogs forced a Hanson Tiger fumble on immediately went to work on offense.  Sophomore Jaquil “Peanut” Wade took a handoff and ran 38 yards untouched for a touchdown, the two point try failed and the Bulldogs led 6-0. 

Hanson answered with a seven yard touchdown run and the conversion failed to make the score 6-6 after the first quarter.  Ascension Catholic outscored Hanson 22-6 in the second quarter with senior fullback Damond Williams scoring two touchdowns and Senior Thomas Gros retuning a fumble by Hanson for a 20 yard touchdown.  Ascension Catholic led 28-14 at the half.

The second half saw the Bulldog defense stop Hanson on three consecutive offensive series, while the offense added two more touchdowns.  Junior quarterback DJ Latino found Gros open for a 36 yard touchdown pass and Latino added a seven yard touchdown run to end the scoring.  The Bulldogs ran for 328 yards on the ground led by Williams with 126 yards.  Junior Gilbert Allen made several nice runs and netted 61 yards followed by Latino and Wade with 60 yards each.  Sophomore Patrick “Debo” Butler had 42 yards with several long runs nullified by penalties.  Latino was 3-6 passing for 78 yards.

The Bulldogs defense forced two turnovers and was led by Junior Linebacker Sam Mattingly with 13 tackles.  Senior linebacker Matt Reed had 11 tackles followed by Junior safety Grant Rousseau with 8 tackles.

ACHS begins the season 1-0 and will travel to Episcopal of Baton Rouge this Friday for a non district contest.