Bulldogs bulldoze Warriors in Jamboree

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @dvillechief
Bulldogs fullback James Martin takes a carry up the middle against Houma Christian in the team’s 41-0 Jamboree win Friday night.

When the Friday night lights come on, the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs know what to do – put on a show. The team shut the out the Houma Christian Warriors 41-0 in a Jamboree game at the Floyd Boutte Stadium in Donaldsonville.

Second-year head coach Doug Moreau said the Jamboree was just a “trial run” for his team but he was real proud of how the Bulldogs played real hard.

“It was the last trial run and now from here on out we play for power points,” Moreau said. “That’s something we’ve been working for since last year and we’ve finally gotten back on the field to see what we can do.”

The Bulldogs jumped out fast and early against the Warriors defense. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Bulldogs’ offense led by senior quarterback D.J. Latino went to work pounding the ball. Senior wingback broke the first drive open first with a big 16-yard carry and two plays later, Latino was able to run around the outside for a rushing score of his own to put the Bulldogs up a score on their first drive.

From that point on, Ascension Catholic would have no problems out of the Warriors.

The defense forced Houma Christian into a quick three and out on its opening possession. Later back on offense, Allen was able to run a 24-yard touchdown of his own to put the Bulldogs up 13-0. The Bulldogs would score one more time before the halftime break, Latino connected with Grant Montero on a big pass that put the Bulldogs up 20-0 going into the break.

The story of the game was how dominant the Bulldogs’ defense was. The team forced consecutive three and outs against the Warriors and the only big play for Houma Christian came late in the second half when ACHS had its second and third units on the field.

The Bulldogs forced two turnovers in the game off of interceptions by Kenneth Dominique and later by Allen.

ACHS had already been known to be fast and explosive from the scrimmage it played before the Jamboree, but Moreau said the team’s second half play was the difference in the two matchups.

“The second half we came out and did good tonight,” Moreau said. “In the scrimmage we kind of lost our focus and let the other team take it to us. Tonight we came out in the second half with good intensity.”

Latino ended the night with three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown and zero turnovers. Moreau said Latino performed well.

“He’ll have a great season if he can stay healthy,” Moreau said. “He’s been a good leader for us. He does a lot for us other than just play the game well. He’s a very intelligent guy, focused up well and recognizes defenses and coverages. I’m real happy with him.”

Latino said it was fun to be out on the field with his team and to finally get to show “what we can do.”

As far as his performance and the team’s defensive shutout, Latino added, “It really boosted our confidence and next week we’re hoping to get some power points.”

The Bulldogs go on the road to open their regular season at Catholic of Pointe Coupee in New Roads on Friday night.