ACHS Bulldogs overcome slow start to win 42-14

Troy LeBoeuf

The ACHS Bulldogs (6-2) started off very slow against Ascension Christian Lions on the road before getting the offense rolling in a 42-14 district 9A win. The Bulldogs turned the ball over on the first play from scrimmage as junior QB DJ Latino threw an interception.

The Lions took the ball and ran the ball effectively against the ACHS defense before being stopped in the red-zone. The first quarter ended with no score. The Bulldogs got on the board at the 6:57 mark of the second quarter with junior running back Gilbert Allen taking it in from 15 yards out. Sophomore James Martin split the uprights to make the score 7-0.

The Bulldog defense went to work as senior linebacker Matt Reed recovered a Lion fumble to set up the offense with a short field. Latino found sophomore running back Jacquel Wade for a 20-yard touchdown and Martin added the extra point, ACHS led 14-0. The Lions turned it over again as sophomore defensive end Delmond Landry made a one-handed interception. The Bulldogs were in business again.

Latino went to the air again and found senior wide out Thomas Gros for a 40-yard touchdown. Martin converted the extra point and ACHS led 21-0 at the half.

ACHS started off the second half with a bang as Wade returned the opening kick off 70 yards for a touchdown and Martin added the extra point for a 28-0 lead. The Lions stayed true to form as they turned it over with Landry recovering a fumble. The Bulldog offense marched down the field and sophomore Patrick Butler hit pay dirt from 5 yards out. Martin was true again and the Dogs led 35-0. ACHS added seven more in the third quarter with Latino scoring from five yards out. The extra point by Martin was good and the Bulldogs led 42-0.

The fourth quarter saw ACHS substitute freely and the Lions were able to score two late touchdowns. Butler and Reed had nine tackles each followed by Martin with six tackles. Landry had five tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception. Junior Grant Montero had an interception for the Bulldog defense.

ACHS moves to 6-2 on the season and is currently 2-1 in district. The Bulldogs are sitting at no. 22 in the unofficial power rankings with two key games remaining.

The Bulldogs will host East Iberville tonight at home for senior night. Ascension Christian will travel to White Castle to end the season on November 2.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness. The ACHS game will be broadcast on KKAY 1590 AM with a 6:45 pm start.