Ascension Catholic overwhelmed by seventh-ranked Eagles

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Ascension Catholic quarterback DC Mattingly tries to escape pressure in the Bulldogs' loss to Central Catholic Photo by Chuck Montero.

There were plenty of fireworks in Ascension Catholic's road clash with seventh-ranked Central Catholic, but to the Bulldogs' angst, most of them were provided by the Eagles.

Ascension Catholic made the long road trip to Morgan City trying to bounce back after being dominated in a 40-14 home loss to Dunham in week two.

But standing in their way was an undefeated Central Catholic squad that came into the contest averaging 38 points per game.

The Eagle offense was already tough enough, but the Bulldogs dug themselves deeper into a hole they couldn't escape when they started yielding non-offensive scores.

Central Catholic's first two touchdowns came on defense as Charlie Solar picked up fumbles and returned them for 52 and 35-yard scores.

In special teams, the Eagles were effective as well. Stefano Guarisco scored on a 75-yard kickoff return.

The early blitzkrieg crippled the Bulldogs as they faced an almost insurmountable 32-12 deficit after just one quarter.

Guarisco eventually scored three additional touchdowns. One of those came in the form of a 42-yard run.

Quarterback Blake Bryne also scorched the Ascension Catholic defense as he threw three touchdown passes. Travis Ruffin caught one of them for 40 yards.

When the flurry ended, Central Catholic had hung up 70 on the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs lit up the scoreboard as well, but even their 46 points were not enough.

Kaleb Winchester provided the greatest spark for Ascension Catholic as he scored on a 40-yard run and later cashed in a 70-yard touchdown on a kickoff return.

The 70-46 drubbing was the Bulldogs' second straight and dropped them to 1-2.

In the two losses, they have given up an alarming 110 points.