Bulldogs dealt blowout loss by defending champs

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Southern Lab held Ascension Catholic to just 56 total yards in their 50-0 victory. Photo by Chuck Montero.

Ascension Catholic was riding high after coming off of a 28-21 home upset victory over fifth-ranked Central Catholic, but they came crashing down hard last Friday night against Southern Lab.

The Bulldogs' huge victory over Central Catholic was a big step forward for their program under second-year head coach Drey Trosclair. Just a year earlier, Ascension Catholic lost to the Eagles, 70-46.

The win improved the Bulldogs to 2-1 overall and skyrocketed them to No. 4 in the rankings.

Unfortunately for Ascension Catholic, they didn't have much time to enjoy the win.

On Friday night, they had to make the trip to A.W. Mumford Stadium to face the defending Division IV state champions in Southern Lab. The Kittens came into the game ranked second in Class 1A.

They certainly lived up to their billing against the Bulldogs, rolling to a dominating 50-0 shutout victory.

Southern Lab got off to a great start as they quickly drove downfield on their opening possession. Running back Tyrion Davis scored from three yards out, and the Kittens converted the 2-point try to take an 8-0 lead.

However, the Ascension Catholic defense responded late in the first quarter. They made a goal-line stand, forcing the Kittens to turn the ball over on downs.

They only trailed 8-0 heading into the second quarter, but that's where the game got away from them.

Early in the second, Southern Lab quarterback Quincy Filmore hit Cameron Thomas for a 34-yard score.

That sparked an offensive explosion for the Kittens.

Davis broke loose on a 50-yard touchdown run, and Filmore and Thomas connected on a 70-yard score to put Southern Lab up 28-0.

They then took a commanding 34-0 halftime lead after Filmore and Thomas connected for another long touchdown--this one coming from 48 yards.

With the huge advantage, the Kittens were able to cruise in the second half. They tacked on two more scores to run away with the 50-0 blowout victory.

The Southern Lab offense moved the ball well all night, producing 472 total yards.

Many of those yards came through the air. Filmore only completed 11 of 24 passes, but those completions totaled 244 yards and four touchdowns.

Ascension Catholic's offense was very productive against Central Catholic--producing 273 total yards and 212 yards on the ground. But against Southern Lab, they were held to just 56 total yards.

With the loss, the Bulldogs dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in District 6-1A play.

They'll try to bounce back this Thursday night as they host another district foe in White Castle. White Castle is winless, but all four of their losses have come to upper-classification teams.

Last season, Ascension Catholic lost to White Castle on the road, 38-7.