Bulldogs remain unblemished with another blowout win

Kyle Riviere
Ascension Catholic's Dillion Davis celebrates a big play from the Bulldog defense during the team's 46-6 victory over Covenant Christian. Photo by Michael Tortorich.

Last Friday night, Ascension Catholic hit the road for their first away game of the year, but that didn't put an end to their early-season path of destruction.

The Bulldogs got plenty of big plays from their running back duo of Jamar Barber and Jai Williams, and their defense pitched a shutout. It all translated into a 46-6 drubbing of Covenant Christian that improved the Bulldogs to a perfect 5-0.

Ascension Catholic came into the contest as one of the most dominant teams in Class 1A. The eighth-ranked Bulldogs had outscored their first four opponents by a combined score of 244-59.

Not much changed on Friday night as they met Covenant Christian at John L. Guidry Stadium, Manning Field at Nicholls University at Thibodaux.

Ascension Catholic received the opening kickoff, and just three plays into the possession, Williams broke free on a 60-yard touchdown run to give the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead.

They were pretty much held in check for the rest of the first quarter until a big special teams play put them right back in business.

A long punt return set up the Bulldogs with a first and goal at the Lion 5-yard line. On the first play, Barber scored to extend the Ascension Catholic advantage to 13-0 at the start of the second.

To end the half, Williams broke free on another long touchdown scamper. This one went for 57 yards, and Barber punched in the two-point try to make it 21-0 at halftime.

The Bulldog defense forced a quick three-and-out to begin the third quarter.

Ascension Catholic got the ball back and promptly drove downfield. They finished off the march with a 14-yard touchdown run by Barber that put the lead at 28-0.

Not long afterwards, Barber found the end zone once again. This time, quarterback John Mire got the ball to him on a pass, and Barber did the rest, sprinting for 42 yards and a score to make it 36-0.

Covenant Christian scored their only points of the game seconds later when they returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown.

To finish off the Lions, Ascension Catholic added a 27-yard scoring run by Barber and a 33-yard field goal by Rodney Blanchard to make it 46-6.

In addition to not allowing an offensive score, the Bulldog defense limited Covenant Christian to just 114 total yards and eight first downs. Just 19 of the Lions' yards came through the air.

Defensively, Williams led the way with 11 tackles. John Broussard had six tackles and the Bulldogs' lone sack of the game.

Meanwhile, Ascension Catholic's offense exploded for 630 yards--400 of those yards coming on the ground.

Williams and Barber each ran for more than 150 yards. Barber had 143 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, while Williams chewed up 173 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries.

Barber was also busy in the passing game. He was the Bulldogs' leading receiver as he made six catches for 181 yards and a score.

Mire had the biggest game of his career as he completed 13 of 20 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown.

With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to a perfect 5-0 for the second straight season. In the winning streak, their offense is averaging a superb 58 points per game.

That torrid pace looks to continue this Friday night as they open up District 6-1A play at home against East Iberville.

Last year, Ascension Catholic beat the Tigers, 55-0. Although, East Iberville has begun this season 4-1 and is coming off of a 27-0 win over Houma Christian.