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Ten great parish football matchups in 2016

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Ascension Catholic will clash with parish foe Ascension Christian on Oct. 7. Photo by Chuck Montero.

The high-school football season is right around the corner, and teams are returning to the practice field to prepare for what should be an exciting 2016. The six Ascension high-schools will all head into the season with high expectations, and they will all be part of their share of heated matchups along the way. Here is a list of 10 of the most anticipated parish contests in 2016.

St. Amant vs. Lutcher (Sept. 16)

Both St. Amant and Lutcher will head into 2016 with high hopes. The Gators have their eyes set on the District 5-5A title, while the Bulldogs seek a second straight state championship. In last year’s title run, Lutcher only lost one game—a 21-20 thriller to St. Amant in The Pit. On Sept. 16, heralded quarterback Jontre Kirkland and the Bulldogs be looking to avenge that loss at home.

Donaldsonville vs. White Castle (Sept. 16)

The Donaldsonville Tigers will feature many new faces in 2016; that includes first-year head coach Brian Richardson. The Tigers missed the playoffs last season after starting the year off in an 0-3 hole. They’ll try to avoid the slow start this time around as they visit White Castle in week three. Donaldsonville lost to the Bulldogs, 40-34, last season.

East Ascension vs. Scotlandville (Sept. 23)

The Spartans will also be led by a new head coach in 2016. Darnell Lee will lead them against another brutal non-district schedule. One of their non-district opponents will be Scotlandville. The Hornets went 9-1 last season. That included a 28-20 victory over East Ascension. This time, highly-touted QB Levi Lewis and Scotlandville will travel to Gonzales.

Donaldsonville vs. Brusly (Sept. 23)

Donaldsonville struggled mightily in the brutal new District 6-3A last season. They only won three district games. One of those wins came against Brusly in a wild 61-41 shootout. This time around, the Tigers will have to beat the Panthers on the road.

Dutchtown vs. Zachary (Sept. 30)

Zachary lost many of their top players from a team that won the Class 5A state title in 2015—including their quarterback and LSU signee Lindsey Scott, Jr. However, they’ll still bring back plenty of firepower. Dutchtown is looking to finally exact some revenge on the Broncos after losing to Zachary the last three times they’ve played. This includes two losses in 2015. The Griffins will visit the Broncos in week five.

Ascension Christian vs. Ascension Catholic (Oct. 7)

The Ascension Christian Lions had their best season in school history last year when they finished 6-4, but they’re still looking for a victory that has always eluded them. They have never beaten parish foe Ascension Catholic. They’ll try to finally get over the hump this season as they host the Bulldogs. In head coach Drey Trosclair’s first season with Ascension Catholic, they beat the Lions, 48-0, in 2015.

St. Amant vs. East Ascension (Oct. 14)

It’s the parish matchup everyone waits for each year. It’s arguably the best high-school football rivalry in the state. It gets more interesting this season as St. Amant looks to make things right after getting embarrassed by East Ascension, 31-10, last season. All-district QB Hayden Mallory will be looking to have a big game after a nightmarish performance against the Spartans in 2015, when he was picked off four times. This year, the Gators host the game.

Ascension Catholic vs. St. John (Oct. 21)

If Ascension Catholic wants to make a return to the playoffs, they’ll have to win a key district game, and that very well might come against St. John. The Bulldogs dropped a 36-28 heartbreaker to the Eagles last season. Things will get tougher this year as they hit the road for the matchup.

Dutchtown vs. East Ascension (Oct. 21)

Over the years, East Ascension has had very little success against parish rival Dutchtown. That includes last season, when the Griffins pulled out a 24-14 victory. The Spartans are looking to change that in 2016, as they host a late-season matchup with Dutchtown. The last time they played in Gonzales, East Ascension won an overtime thriller.

St. Amant vs. Dutchtown (Nov. 4)

Dutchtown has serious motivation heading into their regular-season finale against St. Amant. The Griffins have lost to the Gators two years in a row. Just last season, they were embarrassed at home, 41-14. The loss prevented Dutchtown from winning the district outright. This season, the Griffins will have to make a trip to The Pit. The last time they went there, they won a five-overtime epic.