Five great Donaldsonville high-school football teams

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Ascension Catholic's 1973 team won the 1A state title. Staff photo.

The high-school football season wrapped up this past weekend with teams bringing home state titles. It's time to take a look at five of the best high-school football teams to ever play in the city of Donaldsonville.

Donaldsonville (1954)

Donaldsonville's 1954 team remains as the only Tiger squad to ever win a state title. They were also the first parish football team to ever earn a championship. Led by head coach Floyd Boutte, Donaldsonville reached the Class B state tile game for the third time in four years. This time, they finished the job--edging out Delhi, 19-14. The Tigers finished the season with an 11-2-1 record.

Ascension Catholic (1973)

The 1973 Ascension Catholic Bulldogs could make a very good argument that they're the best football team the parish has ever seen. G.J. "Bucky" Mistretta led the bunch to the Class 1A state title--their first in school history. The Bulldogs went 13-1 that year and demolished Port Sulphur, 46-13, in the state title game. Ascension Catholic went nearly 20 years before winning another championship.

Ascension Catholic (1987)

Ascension Catholic's dominance in the late '80s and early '90s began with their 1987 team. On a squad that featured future LSU player Germaine Williams, the Bulldogs made a surge to the Class 1A state semifinals. The Bulldogs won close contests against Hanson and South Cameron to reach the final four, but their season ended with a 22-14 loss to Ouachita Christian.

Ascension Catholic (1992)

Mistretta brought the Bulldogs their second state title back in 1992. This squad may very well be the greatest football team the parish has ever seen. Their playoff run was downright dominant. Their smallest margin of victory was 22 points against West St. John in the state title game. In five postseason contests, they outscored their opponents an amazing 254-64.

Donaldsonville (1996)

Led by head coach Jimmy Dykes and a fierce defensive line that featured future NFL stars Jarvis Green and Howard Green, the Tigers made an impressive run to the Class 3A state semifinals. In their first three playoff victories, Donaldsonville held their opponents to just 7 points per game.