Bulldogs bruise Warriors 28-6 in Jamboree win

ACHS’ senior defensive end Delmond Landry tackles a Warrior during the Jamboree win Friday night.

If you’ve been watching Ascension Catholic football the past few years, you’d know it for scoring at ease. Friday night for their Jamboree, the Bulldogs beat the Houma Christian Warriors 28-6, but the first wasn’t what fans were used to seeing. But the second half, the Bulldogs put on a familiar show.

Head coach Doug Moreau the jamboree is just about getting “us straight.”

ACHS only led 7-0 at halftime, but came out of the break scoring 21 unanswered before finally giving in the closing minutes of the game allowing a touchdown.

ACHS’ senior fullback Patrick Butler scored the only touchdown of the first half with 1-yard run.

The Bulldogs’ story wasn’t particular the offense though. It was all about the defense. It set the tone of the game limiting Houma Christian's offense to only 97 yards of total offense (67 yards rushing, 30 yards passing). Ascension Catholic also sacked Warriors quarterback Drake Battaglia six times.

Moreau said the Bulldogs’ front seven and entire defense did a great job against the Warriors.

“We have a good front seven and we have some young boys that’s playing in there for the first time who are doing well,” he said. “The secondary is a mixture of younger guys and older guys but they did a good job tonight.”

Senior defensive end Delmond Landry said the Bulldogs’ front seven could be the best in the district, and the Jamboree win was just the beginning.

“We played great as a defensive unit and as a team tonight,” Landry said, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette commit. “We work hard and we played hard tonight. Our front seven could be unstoppable."

In the second half, the Bulldogs’ offense scored early and often.

Following a 39-yard run by senior wingback Jaquel Wade, Butler scored his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run for a 14-0 lead with 11:04 left to play.

The Bulldogs got good position on their next possession when Houma Christian was forced to punt from its own end zone. That drive was capped with junior quarterback D.C. Mattingly tossing a 27-yard pass to senior tight end Delmond Landry for a 21-0 lead at the 8:53 mark.

Ascension Catholic scored its final touchdown on senior wingback’s Kaleb Winchester's 13-yard run to make the score 28-0 lead with 3:28 left to play.

After the game, Mattingly who’s been in a quarterback battle for the starting job said the team played well but still has some things to clean up. Mattingly botched three snaps on the night but was fortunate to recover all three.

“It was a little bit of anxiousness,” Mattingly said about the fumbled snaps. “Me and the center need to get together and talk but we’ll get it straight for next week and be ready to roll.”

Moreau said he and his staff will look at the film to determine who will win the starting job at quarterback between Mattingly and sophomore Javon Yarbrough.

“Both are working their tales off, both are great kids and they are working hard and have a bright future,” Moreau said.

Moreau added, “I think we have to continue to improve. We improved from the scrimmage to tonight a lot. And hoping we’ll improve a lot from now to the first game because we are going to have to.” 

The Bulldogs host Catholic of Point Coupee Friday night at the Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium for their season-opener. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m.