Ascension Christian strikes early, often to defeat St. Martin’s
GONZALES – Ascension Christian dominated the first half and survived a second half surge Friday night to defeat St. Martin’s Episcopal, 49-35.
The host Lions raced out to 42-7 halftime lead with sophomore signal caller Zachary Diez accounting for five of his team’s six first half scores. Diez amassed two touchdowns on the ground and three in the air.
Nathan Bledsoe also put together an excellent half of football with two touchdown grabs and a pair of interceptions playing both ways.
“I like how we came out early,” said Ascension Christian head coach Josh Puryear. “I didn’t like how we finished the game.”
In the second half, the Saints outscored the Lions, 28-7.
“They Really made us look bad in the first half. We made so many mistakes,” said St. Martin’s Head Coach Frank Gendusa. “We were better than that first half, so we played more aggressively and put some points on the board to close the gap.”
St. Martin’s senior quarterback Ethan Everitt scored in the first half on a keeper before adding a four-yard score on the ground and a 68-yard scoring toss to Romell Foster in the third quarter to draw within 42-21.
Ascension Christian responded when Diez tossed his fourth touchdown pass, a 35-yard hook up with Derrick Varnado to seize back control, 49-21.
Saints running back Jonathan Castaneda rounded out the scoring with a pair of fourth quarter touchdown runs of five and 11 yards to cut the final margin to 49-35.
The Lions scored first on a Diez keeper and recaptured a 14-7 edge on a 15-yard run from Jaden Barton. Tyler Cambre caught a touchdown pass from Diez, who later broke loose on a 44-yard scramble to paydirt to put Ascension Christian up, 28-7.
Diez connected with Bledsoe for the last two scores of the first half from 7 yards and 18 yards out, piling up a 42-7 halftime advantage for the Lions.
St. Martin’s (3-3) next hosts varnado (0-5) while Ascension Christian (3-3) will stay home to face Delcambre.
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