Bulldog youth steps up in fall scrimmage

Kyle Riviere
The Ascension Catholic first-team offense was held out of the end zone against Northlake Christian. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs got their first taste of competition in 2015 as they hosted Northlake Christian in their fall scrimmage Friday evening.

Northlake Christian was a great barometer for the Bulldogs. The 2A squad went 9-3 last season and reached the second round of the Division-III playoffs.

Ascension Catholic played well in spots. When the scrimmage was over, Northlake Christian had scored two touchdowns opposed to the one score by the Bulldogs.

Even though they came up a touchdown short, first-year head coach Drey Trosclair was very pleased with how his team played against a 2A playoff team.

"I think we did a good job. We played a good football team. Northlake Christian is really good," Trosclair said. "I think they're going to win a lot of games this season. They're a big group up front; they have some big guys. Their offensive and defensive lines were a handful, so we had to try to do some things on the outside.

"Our guys did a great job overall. We fought hard, we pushed through it and I'm excited about moving forward from here on out."

Northlake Christian looked efficient to start the scrimmage.

They scored on a long pass play that scorched the Bulldogs' first-team defense.

However, Ascension Catholic's second-team unit responded. In their first 10-play segment, they forced two Northlake Christian fumbles--which they recovered.

The Bulldog second-team offense was the highlight of the scrimmage.

Led by second-team quarterback Javon Yarbrough, they put together an impressive 20-play drive that ended with Yarbrough scoring from two yards out on a quarterback-keeper.

"Offensively, we were kind of slow coming out, but I thought we got into a rhythm there at the end," Trosclair said. "Our second group and all of our younger guys did a real good job, and I'm really proud of them. They had a 20-play drive that we scored on, so I thought that was one of the better things in the scrimmage."

Northlake Christian's first-team offense scored again on their final series. They were able to convert on a fourth-and-goal situation.

Ascension Catholic's first-team offense had the ball for the final segment.

They moved the ball better than they had at the start of the game, but they weren't able to get the ball into the end zone.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the scrimmage ended with starting offensive and defensive lineman Braxton Clark injuring his ankle.

"The thing I'm the most worried about right now is just staying healthy. We had a couple of injuries in this scrimmage, so we just need to keep our guys healthy," Trosclair said.
Now with the fall scrimmage out of the way, the Bulldogs are just a little more than a week away from the start of the regular season.

But first, they'll host their jamboree on Friday night at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium against Houma Christian--a team that went 6-5 last year and reached the Division-IV playoffs.

"We have Houma Christian for our jamboree--another really good football team. We're excited about that challenge," Trosclair said. "We're going to prepare for them and hopefully, we'll have a good plan and have even a better showing than today."