Ascension Catholic, Christian Life have something to prove

Ascension Catholic is coming off its best game of the season. Christian Life Academy is coming off its worst effort of the year.

Both 2-1 squads have something to prove Thursday night. Ascension Catholic hosts False River (0-3) at Donaldsonville’s Boutte Stadium at 7 p.m., while CLA tests Haynes Academy (3-0) at East Jefferson’s Joe Yenni Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

Interestingly, Ascension Catholic defeated CLA 50-23 last week. The Bulldogs scored seven touchdowns on 10 offensive series. Junior fullback James Martin rushed 13 times for 195 yards and scored four TDs to pace ACHS. Junior running back Jacquel Wade scored two first-half touchdowns and added 116 yards rushing.

“James Martin worked very hard in the offseason,” ACHS coach Doug Moreau said. “He’s a whole lot stronger this year and really hits the line hard. He has good speed and is an integral part of our triple option attack.”

Junior quarterback D.J. Latino completed 9-of-12 passes for 178 yards and one TD.

“D.J. throws the ball well, and had his best game last week,” Moreau said. “He really understands the reads in the offense better this season. He’s an honor student. Our offensive line is also blocking well.”

Moreau said he was particularly proud of his defense, which held Christian Life to seven yards of total offense in the first half. Linebacker Sam Mattingly and nose guard Delmond Landry have played well, Moreau said.

“We’ve got to get ready for everything with False River,” Moreau said. “They run plays from a lot of formations and are a multi-front defense.”

Also notable, Christian Life beat False River 41-6 in Week 1.

CLA senior running back Malik Harrison had an 89-yard TD run last week. Dameion Lee rushed for two touchdowns.

“Malik is a good athlete, and we move him around to get him the ball,” CLA coach Keith Dooley said. “He’s a good defensive player, too. Dameion also has great speed. Our quarterback, Jacob Williams, has played well. Our left tackle, Jacob Alford, has done a nice job.”

Haynes is a Class 2A school from Metairie and has allowed just 21 points in three games. CLA is averaging 33 points, so something will have to give.

“Haynes is a good team that runs a veer offense and 3-5 defense,” Dooley said. “They’re pretty consistent with what they try to do.”

Dooley said his squad, led by 12 seniors, has had a good week of practice.

“We couldn’t do anything right last week,” Dooley said. “We’ve forgotten about that and moved on. This team has bonded, and we have fun at practice. We’re excited about what we can accomplish this season.”