East Ascension stops Warren Easton on two-point conversion try to escape, 42-41

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GONZALES – The East Ascension Spartans and Warren Easton Eagles battled down to the final play Friday night in a 48 minute thriller.

On a two-point conversion attempt with no time left on the clock, the Spartans turned away quarterback Dayshawn Holmes one yard short of the goal line to win a 42-41 classic.

East Ascension coach Darnell Lee said, “That was fun, huh? I’m so proud of our kids fight.”

Easton drove 80 yards in less than two minutes as Holmes hooked up with Jewell Holmes on a six-yard jump ball pass in the end zone as time expired. Going for the win, the Eagles suffered heartbreak.

“In this type of environment, you don’t play for overtime,” said Easton coach Jerry Phillips. “You’ve got to go for the win.”

It wasn’t fun early for East Ascension but the Spartans overcame a hot start from the visiting Eagles.

Warren Easton led 15-0 thanks to their senior signal caller Holmes, who scored on a 38-yard run to open the scoring. Holmes rushed for 97 yards and added 163 yards through the air on the night.

Senior running back Ashaad Clayton added 176 yards on 14 rushes with a pair of second half scores for Easton.

East Ascension quarterback Cameron Jones completed 19 of 33 for 198 yards and tossed three scores to Stephen McBride who finished with 111 yards on five catches.

A 32-yard touchdown toss from Jones to Jyrin Johnson put the Spartans on the board and Jones connected with McBride for a 38-yard score to cut the Eagles lead to a single point, 15-14.

The teams exchanged scores in the second period, starting with a three-yard keeper by Holmes but a 30-yard grab by McBride evened the score at 21 heading into the locker room.

The see-saw battle continued in the second half. Jones put East Ascension (3-1) ahead for the first time on the opening drive of the second half, capping it off with a two-yard touchdown.

Easton (1-2) recaptured the lead courtesy of a pair of lone scoring runs by Clayton covering 54 and 68 yards to stake Easton to a 35-28 lead after three quarters.

The Spartans wasted little time tying the score a few seconds into the fourth on McBride’s third touchdown on a five-yard catch.

In a game filled with offensive fireworks, perhaps the play of the game before the final snap was an interception of Holmes by Rionte Jones to set up the Spartans at the Eagles 16-yard line. It appeared Easton had forced East Ascension to settle for a 30-yard field goal try, but a fake worked perfectly for East Ascension. Johnson was wide open for the go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes to play.

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