ACHS Gets Defensive in Win

Troy LeBoeuf

When new head Coach Doug Moreau got the Ascension Catholic job in early March, he was told that he had to beat rival St. John. After doing some research on the series between the two teams, Moreau discovered that ACHS had not beat St. John in football since 2003.

"I told my players that a rivalry was when the teams battled year after year and traded wins and losses. We hadn't held our part of the rivalry," said Moreau.

Coach Moreau and staff can smile for at least 1 year as the Bulldogs beat the St. John Eagles 25-7 at Floyd Boutte Stadium Thursday night.

The Eagles took the opening kick-off and went down the field with running back Trevor Curry scoring. The extra point was good and St. John led 7-0.

The Bulldogs responded with a nice drive. Sophomore running back Patrick Butler scored from 37 yards out and sophomore James Martin split the uprights to tie the game at seven. The Eagles would not get in the end zone again as the ACHS defense forced four fumbles and recovered two of them.

Senior Wade Bailey got ACHS going again in the second quarter with a 16-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback DJ Latino, and added a 76-yard run to give the Bulldogs a 19-7 lead at the half.

Neither team scored in the third quarter as ACHS fumbled twice deep in Eagle territory and came up empty.

Before the game would end, sophomore running back Jacquel Wade scored from 26 yards out to make the final score 25-7.

Bailey led the ACHS offense with 106 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns, followed by Wade with 84 yards rushing and a touchdown. Latino carried the ball 12 times for 71 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Bailey. Butler finished with 39 yards rushing and a touchdown.

The Bulldog defense was anchored by junior middle-linebacker Sam Mattingly who had double-digit tackles. Also sophomore defensive linemen Landon Daigle and Delmond Landry made several stops up front. Junior Gilbert Allen played well in the secondary along with linebackers Matt Reed and Butler.

Coach Moreau added that his team was not satisfied with the win because of some missed assignments and he felt like this game was very emotional because of the teams' desire to win this one every year.

"Maybe this can be the start of the rivalry, that will depend on how the series goes," he said. "The coaches were happy with the win but there (are) more games to be played."

ACHS moves to 5-1 on the season, surpassing last years' win total and will head to 2011 State Runner-up West St. John.

The Rams are 2-3 but have played a tough pre-district schedule. The Bulldogs have not beaten the Rams since 1992 (they did it twice that year), the last win being the Class A State Championship game.

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