King of the night

ACHS junior fullback James Martin takes a water break on the sidelines after an 81-yard run in the team’s 50-23 home-win over Christian Life Friday night.

Junior fullback James Martin rushed for 195 yards and scored four touchdowns to carry the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs (2-1) to an easy 50-23 win over the Christian Life Crusaders (2-1) Friday night for the team’s Homecoming game.

Martin may not have been named Homecoming Court King, but he owned the field against the Crusaders as the Bulldogs’ leading man.

Martin said going out hard play-after-play was his motivation and he wanted to perform well to show his brothers he had their backs.

“I just wanted to go hard as I can and do the best that I could for my team,” Martin said. “I did it for my brothers, they have my back I have their back.”

Bulldogs’ head coach Doug Moreau said Martin’s solid ground performance in nothing out of the ordinary; he’s been doing it all year.

“James is having a great year,” Moreau said. “He’s done a good job and our offense is who ever is open, that’s it. Some nights its going to be the fullback getting and some nights the wingback and some night the quarterback.”

“I was proud of him and he’s really grown a lot since last year,” Moreau said

Last week, ACHS took a tough loss on the road at Dunham, and Moreau admits it was a “hard pill for them to swallow.”

But, Moreau said leading up to the game against the Crusaders you could see the Bulldogs were set to get back on track and “to play their best game.”

“I thought this was the best game they played this year,” Moreau said. “I thought our defense played a heck of a ball game, offensively too.”

ACHS’ defense took the field first to start the game on its first series forced the Crusaders into a quick three-and-out – which became the norm for the rest of the game.

When the Bulldogs’ offense took the field, it marched right down to the goal line and set Martin up for his first of four scored on the evening.

“Offensively, I thought we threw ball real well tonight,” Moreau said. “They were really overplaying the run, over playing it with their secondary and we were able to do the things we worked on all year long and you never know how people are going to do it.”

ACHS’ offense racked up a total of 585 yards.

Martin wasn’t the only Bulldog carrying the load offensively, junior running back Jacquel Wade also pushed his way in for two rushing touchdowns, and tallied 116 rushing yards on the night.

Bulldogs’ senior quarterback D.J. Latino was effective from under center, connecting several times through the air on third and long situations. Late in the third quarter, Latino connected with receiver Deandre Francis for a one-handed catch over the center for a touchdown.

Latino finished the night completing 9-of-12 and 178 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.

Moreau said the strong play of the offense was credited largely to the offensive line, he said it “really stood out tonight.”

“All week long they worked had and they wanted to come out and be physical and I thought that they did,” Moreau said.

The Bulldogs will play their next game tonight, Thursday, Sept. 16 against False River at the Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium in Donaldsonville.