Ascension Catholic travels to Monroe to face Ouachita Christian in semifinals
No. 10 Ascension Catholic will take on No. 3 Ouachita Christian in the semifinals of the Division IV Select playoffs Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Steven Fitzhugh Field in Monroe.
OCHS defeated the Bulldogs from Donaldsonville 42-0 in last year's quarterfinals round of the playoffs.
The only Ascension Parish team remaining in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoffs, the Bulldogs have collected three wins in the LHSAA Division IV Select bracket, including a 49-6 win over No. 23 Lincoln Preparatory School, a 38-31 victory over No. 7 Riverside Academy, and a 28-12 win over Opelousas Catholic.
The last time Ascension Catholic made it to the semifinals round was four seasons ago. The Bulldogs were state runner-up in back-to-back seasons as they advanced to the championship game in 2017 and 2018.
The winner of the Ascension Catholic and Ouachita Christian game will meet the winner of No. 1 Vermilion Catholic and No. 4 St. Martin's Episcopal Dec. 8-10 at the Ochsner LHSAA Prep Classic at the Ceasars Superdome in New Orleans.
During the regular season, the Bulldogs were 8-2, losing close games to Class 2A teams. In late September, Dunham (9-1) edged ACHS 20-19 and Episcopal (9-1) claimed a 33-28 win over the Bulldogs.
Senior Bryce Leonard (QB/DB) has led the Bulldogs as a four-year starter at quarterback. In the last game against Opelousas Catholic, he accounted for all four touchdowns. He ran in two and threw touchdown passes to his senior classmates, his twin brother Brooks Leonard (WR/DB) and Trent Landry (TE/DL).
The seniors have been key contributors on both sides of the ball and special teams throughout the 2022 season. The class also includes Casey Mays (RB/DB), Layton Melancon (WR/DB/K), Jacob Latino (RB/DB), Landon Szubinski (RB/DB/P) Calvin Delone (WR/DB), Noah Robicheaux (RB/DB), Mason Pearce (WR/DL), LaShawn Bell (OL/DL), and Patrick Cancienne (LB/OL).
Here is the LHSAA football playoff schedule for the Louisiana high school state semifinals, set for Dec. 2.
Louisiana high school football playoffs: 2022 Semifinals pairings
Zachary (9-2) at Ruston (11-0)
Westgate (10-3) at Destrehan (12-1)
North DeSoto (11-1) at Iowa (11-1)
Lutcher (12-1) at West Feliciana (12-0)
St. James (10-2) at Many (12-0)
Amite (10-3) at Union Parish (11-1)
Oak Grove (10-3) at Haynesville (11-2)
Homer (9-3) at Mangham (10-1)
Brother Martin (8-5) at Carencro (9-2)
John Curtis Christian (10-2) at Baton Rouge Catholic (11-1)
North DeSoto at Iowa
Lutcher at West Feliciana
Division II Select
E.D. White (11-1) at St. Thomas More (11-1)
Teurlings Catholic (11-1) at Lafayette Christian (9-3)
University Lab (9-3) at Dunham (11-1)
Notre Dame (10-2) at St. Charles (9-3)
St. Martin’s (10-1) at Vermilion Catholic (12-0)
Ascension Catholic (11-2) at Ouachita Christian (11-1)
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