Bulldogs drop road opener to 2A Dunham
The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs fell behind 19-0 to the Dunham Tigers on the road, and it appeared it would be a repeat of last week's start against Catholic of Pointe Coupee.
However, this time, the Bulldogs were not able to turn the tables and were defeated, 40-14.
The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 19-7 behind an exciting 28-yard touchdown from senior Kaleb Winchester, and senior Collin Landry added the point after.
The score remained 19-7 going into the half.
The Bulldogs gave up a long touchdown drive that was capped off by Donaldsonville native and Dunham running back Tony Huey scoring a 36-yard touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Tigers pinned Ascension Catholic inside the 5. An errant quarterback/center exchange resulted in a Tiger touchdown that allowed Dunham to secure victory.
Dunham QB Mike Williams (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) and Huey proved to be very slippery. The Bulldogs had trouble hanging on to the talented Tigers.
Junior quarterback Javon Yarbrough played the entire game in charge of the offense and finished 10-15 for 81 yards with two interceptions. He added a 10-yard touchdown run to cap the scoring off with Landry adding the extra point. Junior defensive back Kebori Hunter led the defense with two interceptions.
The leading tacklers were senior linebackers Jacob Lagrange and Cole Amedee. Freshman defensive lineman Dillon Davis provided pressure and had some nice plays on defense. The Bulldogs rushed for 180 yards and were led by Winchester and Yarbrough on the ground. Ascension Catholic returns to action this Thursday at Central Catholic of Morgan City. The Eagles are 2-0 and ranked in the top 10 of Class 1A.
The Bulldogs dropped to 1-1 but moved up 11 spots in the unofficial power rankings to No. 11. The top 16 teams in Division IV make the select playoffs. Follow the action on the Bulldog Network with the "Drey Trosclair Show" at 6 p.m. this Wednesday on the Ascension Catholic campus. Pregame on the Bulldog Network will start at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday. On a side note, the Bulldog JV team shut out St. Michael last week. They traveled to St Michael and won 18-0 behind two touchdowns by freshmen Jamar Barber and a score by junior Nick Bellina.
Ascension Catholic dresses out 23 freshmen in JV, and along with some upperclassmen, look to have a good nucleus for years to come.
The Bulldog defense provided pressure and recorded its first shutout of the season.