Southern Lab slips past Ascension Catholic, 22-19
BATON ROUGE – In a clash of two of the best Division IV teams in the state, Southern Lab outlasted Ascension Catholic, 22-19.
After stopping the Kittens on fourth and goal with under two minutes to play, Ascension took over on their own six yard line.
After moving out of the shadow of the goalpost, the Bulldogs faced fourth and one from their own 28. Unfortunately for ACHS, Rodney Blanchard’s pass fell short.
The Kittens took over and ran out the clock for their fifth straight win, while ending the Bulldogs’ six-game win streak. They also remained tied with Kentwood atop the District 6-1A standings.
For two teams that came in averaging a combined 90 points per game, this game ended up being a test of two defenses and two outstanding running backs.
Southern Lab (6-1, 2-0) struck first after Blanchard’s first pass of the game was tipped into the air and then picked off by Maurice Blanchard.
Four plays later LSU commit Tyrion Davis crossed the goal line from three yards out. The two-point attempt was no good, but the Kittens led 6-0.
The second quarter belonged to Jai Williams. First, he broke through the line for a 24-yard touchdown to tie the score at six. Then, as Southern Lab’s offense lost its rhythm, Williams was really finding his. Later in the second he exploded through a hole and left several Kittens in his wake on his way to a 65 yard score.
By halftime, Williams had nearly 200 yards to go along with his two scores and the Bulldogs had a 12-6 lead.
It didn’t take long for Southern Lab to get back on track. On the second play of the third quarter, Davis scored on a 52-yard run. Travon Miles followed with the successful conversion and the Kittens retook the lead, 14-12.
On the next ACHS possession, the Bulldogs lined up to punt. Jabar Triplett came streaking around the right side and blocked the kick. The Kittens were in great position at the 18 yard line. Davis scored his third touchdown of the game from four yards out. Another two-point conversion pushed the lead to 10 at 22-12.
Ascension Catholic committed its second turnover of the game with a fumble inside the Southern Lab five yard line that killed a golden scoring opportunity.
But with their defense tightening and Williams still on the field, the Bulldogs weren’t out of the game. With 8:10 remaining in the game, Jai Williams scored from seven yards out. He would finish the game with more than 300 yards on the ground.
Ascension Catholic (6-1, 1-1) received a gift on the Kittens’ next possession when a reverse went awry with a fumble. The Bulldogs recovered, but failed to capitalize.
The Kittens will host East Iberville (4-3, 0-2) as they move closer to their showdown with Kentwood in the regular season finale.
The Bulldogs head back home to take on White Castle (3-4, 1-1).
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David Grubb has more than a decade of experience in the sports industry. He began his career with KLAX-TV in Alexandria, La. and followed that up with a stint as an reporter and anchor with WGGB-TV in Springfield, Mass. After spending a few years away from the industry, David worked as sports information director for Southern University at New Orleans…