Ascension Catholic rolls to third straight victory

Kyle Riviere
Quarterback Javon Yarbrough scored a rushing touchdown in the Bulldogs' 33-6 victory over East Iberville. Photo by Chuck Montero.

With their last two victories, the sixth-ranked Ascension Catholic Bulldogs have already won more games than they won all of last year, with three games still remaining.

The easy 33-6 win over East Iberville on Friday night for Homecoming guarantees that Ascension Catholic will not suffer through a second straight losing season.

In head coach Drey Trosclair’s first year, the Bulldogs finished 3-7 and missed the playoffs for the first time in three years. That won’t be the case in 2016.

Ascension Catholic has crawled their way into the top 10 and ran out to a 3-1 start in District 6-1A play. Altogether, they have won three straight games and four of their last five contests.

The Bulldogs started the season just 2-2 after a challenging first month that saw them play 2A Dunham—a team that is currently undefeated—and the defending Division IV state champion in Southern Lab.

Ascension Catholic lost both games in blowout fashion. But ever since then, the Bulldogs have caught fire.

They won a close Thursday night game at home against White Castle to collect their first district victory.

The Bulldogs then followed it up with an impressive 62-16 blowout victory over parish rival Ascension Christian—a team that was 4-1 heading into the matchup.

In the victory, senior Jacoby Stewart put up huge numbers on each side of the ball.

On offense, he gathered in five catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns, and on defense, he came away with three interceptions. He returned one for a touchdown.

The Ascension Catholic ground attack piled up 364 yards. Jamar Barber had 238, and freshman Jai Williams had 105.

After the victory, Trosclair said that it’s pretty simple why his guys have been having so much recent success.

He said, “We’re just playing together. We’re sticking together, and we’re doing a really good job of pulling through any adversity that comes our way. We have a really good bunch. These guys play hard. They play for one another. We’re building confidence.”

That confidence was evident in their Friday night clash with East Iberville.

They got hot early and ran out to a 26-0 second-quarter lead. From there, they were able to cruise to a 33-6 victory.

Meanwhile, Paige Joseph was crowned the school’s 2016 Homecoming queen.

In the win, the ground attack was productive once again. Barber, Williams and senior quarterback Javon Yarbrough each collected a rushing touchdown.

The victory improved the Bulldogs to 5-2 overall with a third straight win in league play.

This week, they’ll have a great opportunity to notch up their fourth consecutive victory as they visit St. John.

Though the Bulldogs lost a 36-28 heartbreaker to the Eagles last season, St. John has struggled mightily in 2016. They will enter the game winless. They’e lost every game by at least 24 points.

Ascension Catholic is currently averaging 30 points per game.