Bulldog winning streak halted by No. 5 Kentwood
After winning four straight games, Ascension Catholic was looking to break through on Friday night and deliver the biggest victory in the two-year tenure of head coach Drey Trosclair.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they found out that as hard as it is to beat the defending champs, it becomes an impossible task when you turn the ball over.
Ascension Catholic turned the ball over three times as they were shut out by fifth-ranked Kentwood, 12-0, at home.
The seventh-ranked Bulldogs had been one of the hottest teams in the area as of late. After enduring a tough loss to Southern Lab a month ago, they hadn't lost since.
They won four straight district games by a combined margin of 162-36.
On Friday night, they had a chance to take sole possession of second place in District 6-1A as they played defending 1A champion Kentwood, but the Kangaroos were opportunistic and made plays when they had to throughout the game.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulldogs were bitten by the turnover bug.
Jamar Barber was stripped of the ball, and Kentwood recovered at the Ascension Catholic 1-yard line. Two plays later, Kentwood's Aldric Lott scored to give the Kangaroos a 6-0 advantage.
The lead carried into the half.
In the third quarter, Kentwood took the biggest lead of the game at 12-0 when they drove downfield and scored on a three-yard Larry Carter touchdown run.
Ascension Catholic had their best chance to score soon afterward when Barber exploded on a 72-yard kickoff return, but they failed to capitalize on the big play.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs forced Kentwood to turn the ball over on downs at their own 25-yard line, but their offense couldn't take advantage.
Kentwood was able to preserve the shutout, 12-0.
The Kangaroos were led by the running back tandem of Carter and Devion Hookfin. Carter had 61 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, and Hookfin led all rushers with 80 yards on just seven rushes.
As for Ascension Catholic, they were limited to just 211 total yards.
Barber led the way on the ground as he chewed up 66 yards on 12 rushing attempts.
Quarterback Javon Yarbrough had 73 yards passing and was picked off twice.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in district play.
That record is good enough for them to finish the year in third place. Kentwood and Southern Lab will play this Friday night for the league championship.
Ascension Catholic will step out of the district and out of Class 1A altogether this Friday night as they go on the road to face Kaplan. Kaplan is undefeated and ranked No. 5 in 3A.