ACHS eliminated from playoffs

Troy LeBoeuf

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs football season came to an end after losing to no.10 Westminster Christian of Opelousas 42-12 in the first round of the Class A playoffs.

The Crusaders jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a one-yard run by QB Luke Judice. The Bulldogs put together a nice drive but it ended on downs inside the Crusader 20-yard line. Running back Wesley Bellard scored from two yards out and the Crusaders led 14-0 with eight minutes to go before the half. ACHS countered with another nice drive but turned it over on downs again.

The Crusaders went back to work as Judice hit 6'6 Chase Malbrue with a 55-yard bomb and they led 21-0 at the half. The second half started with ACHS going three and out, Sophomore James Martin fielded a low snap and his knee hit the ground and that set up the Crusaders at the Bulldog 10-yard line. WC Crusaders scored on third down to make the score 28-0. Running back Joseph Shamp added a two-yard plunge for a 35-0 lead. The Bulldogs answered with a 44-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback DJ Latino to senior wide out Thomas Gros. The two-point conversion failed and ACHS trailed 35-6. Wide receiver Donyell Young scored on a four-yard run to make the score 42-6 with seven minutes to go in the ball game. Sophomore Patrick Butler took a screen pass from Latino and scored from 31 yards out to make the final score 42-12. The Dogs finished with 261 total yards led by Latino with 16 carries for 117 yards on the ground. Junior Gilbert Allen had five carries for 29 yards. Latino was seven for 20 and 131 yards plus two touchdowns. Junior Grant Montero had two catches for 32 yards followed by Butler with two catches for 36 yards and one touchdown. Gros had one catch for 44 yards and a score. Junior Kenneth Dominique and sophomore Jaquel Wade had one catch each. The Bulldogs were led by junior safety Grant Montero with 12 tackles.

ACHS finishes the season at 7-4 after entering the playoffs as the no. 23 seed. The Dogs improved nine power rankings spots from the previous. Playing their last game as seniors for ACHS were: Thomas Gros, Wade Bailey, Matt Reed, Ryan Gregoire, Mason Matirne and Alex Sotile. Coach Doug Moreau and his staff would like to thank everyone that supported the Bulldogs this season and he promises that with the return of 35 plus players and a strong incoming freshmen group, plus any new players, they will be hungry in 2013. Moreau said they would take a few weeks off, meet with each player and return to the weight room for a strong off season.