Two Bulldogs make All-State football team

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Ascension Catholic defensive lineman D.J. Giroir (No. 55) was an honorable mention All-State selection. Photo by Chuck Montero.

The honors continued to roll in for two Ascension Catholic football stars as both D.J. Giroir and Jamar Barber earned their spots on the Class 1A All-State team. Both were honorable mention selections.

The Bulldogs experienced a tremendous turnaround in 2016.

In head coach Drey Trosclair’s first year at the school, Ascension Catholic struggled through a 4-6 season and missed out on the playoffs.

However, things clicked in 2016.

With many starters back from the previous year, the Bulldogs navigated through a brutal schedule and finished with six victories.

For much of the season, they were ranked in the Class 1A top-10 poll. They peaked at No. 5.

At the end of the year, they earned the No. 6 seed in the Division IV playoffs. It was their first berth in the postseason since 2014.

In a first-round game at home, they rolled past St. Edmund, 35-7.

It set up a second-round matchup with defending champion Southern Lab. They hung tough for much of the game, but in the end, the Kittens pulled away with a 36-14 victory.

Southern Lab went on to win another Division IV state title.

Due to their efforts, both Giroir and Barber earned their way onto the All-State team.

Barber was tasked with replacing a big-time offensive weapon in running back Kaleb Winchester. Throughout the season, he proved that he was certainly up for the challenge.

Barber finished 2016 with 1,308 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns. He also had 132 yards receiving with two additional scores.

As Barber gave a spark to the Bulldog offense, Giror provided the boost on defense.

Starting on the defensive line, Giror was a constant terror for opposing offenses as he piled up 90 tackles and three sacks.

Both players were also first-team selections on the All-District 6-1A team.