Bulldogs season ends with first round playoff loss

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
ACHS senior James Martin rushed for 101 yards in the loss to Madison Prep Friday night.

After an 8-2 season, the no. 8 Ascension Catholic football team exited early out of the LHSAA Division IV playoff bracket after a first round loss to the no. 9Madison Prep Chargers at home in a score of 38-16. ACHS head coach Doug Moreau said the Chargers just “whooped us.”

“Tonight was a real tough matchup for us,” Moreau said. “Madison Prep was very physical, they weren’t finesse at all, they just came right at us and they did a good job of whooping us.”

Madison Prep sophomore running back Quincy Banks scored two touchdowns as and rushed for 161 yards in a game where the Chargers as a whole ran for 257 yards against an Ascension Catholic defense that usually controls the line of scrimmage.

“In the line of scrimmage they moved the ball right at us, which is something nobody has done, not even the teams we lost to did it,” Moreau said.

The game’s first play from scrimmage, Banks took a pitch to the right side and sprinted down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown run. A run by Malcolm Roach for the conversion gave the Chargers an early 8-0 lead.

From there, it was imminent the season could be on the line for ACHS.

After a Chargers’ bad punt gave them a short field, the Bulldogs rushing attack went to work on their second possession of the game. Freshman Zyshawn Richard capped off the nine-play drive with a 10-yard run to make it 8-6 at the 4:50 mark in the first quarter.

At the half, ACHS trailed 22-12. The Bulldogs pulled within four points at 22-18 in the third quarter but the Chargers would tighten up on both sides of the ball for the win.

“My hat is off to them and I’m proud of our kids, they fought all year long and I love every one of them,” Moreau said.

In the loss, senior James Martin led ACHS with 101 yards rushing and two touchdowns. After the game, Moreau took time to hug each of his seniors.

“I thanked them for all they did and told them I love them,” Moreau said. “When you spend three years with some guys and they’ve been in the weight room at 6 a.m. lifting weights, working two-a-days with them and they did it all this time without giving up, you respect them and you love them.”

Moreau added, “I thank all of Ascension Catholic fans for supporting us this year and all of the people that helped us out in every way, shape or form.”