A rainy start and a dominant East Ascension defense shut down St. Charles Catholic as the Comets fell below .500 on the season with a 21-2 loss to the visiting Spartans on Friday night in Laplace.
The third-ranked team in Class 5A, with a defense led by Louisiana Tech commit Deshon Hall, prevented the Comets offense from doing much offensively all night.
The Comets (2-3) averaged just 2.6 yards per play all game and only converted on two of their 12 third-down attempts.
East Ascension quarterback Jason Wakefield led his offense to a quick lead and the Spartans never looked back.
He capped off a seven-play, two-minute scoring drive on the first Spartan possession of the game with a 23-yard pass to Steven McBride to take a 7-0 lead with 8:12 to go in the opening quarter.
It was one of six McBride catches on the night, who totaled 67 yards receiving.
Wakefield’s night saw him complete 12 of his 22 pass attempts for 150 yards.
The Spartan offense would go on to lose fumbles on their next to drives of the game, but their dominant defense would not allow for the Comets to capitalize on these opportunities.
East Ascension (5-0) went into the contest allowing just 202 yards per game and outscoring their opponents 174-77.
The Spartans struck again on their first possession of the second quarter. Set up by Wakefield’s 59-yard keeper that advanced East Ascension inside the Comet red zone, he would be on the receiving end of a touchdown pass that extended the lead.
On the play, running back Ethan Bagwell took the snap and flipped the ball to receiver Cameron Jones, who then found his quarterback in the in the end zone to make it a 14-0 advantage for the Spartans with 7:27 to play in the first half.
The third turnover of the first half, an interception by senior Bryce Authement, gave the Comets a chance to get on the board before the half.
By Tate Roussel
It would become another wasted opportunity as St. Charles was forced to attempt a punt. The kick was blocked by Spartan defender Donrell McKenzie and allowed his team to go into the break with the two-score advantage.
The lone Spartan score of the second half came at the hands of the defense late in the third quarter.
Backed up at their own goal line, Comet quarter back Justin Dumas’ pass was deflected and picked off in the end zone by Spartan defender Jaqunn Mitchell to make it a 21-0 in favor of East Ascension.
The Comet offense found itself with a rare scoring opportunity early in the fourth quarter. Needing to gain two yards on fourth down inside the Spartan red zone, Sutton Bourgeois’ rush attempt was stopped short of the line by Hall.
The next drive, and final opportunity for St. Charles, would provide a similar situation with a familiar result. This time, it was Spartan Da’jon Jones who sacked Dumas inside the East Ascension red zone, resulting in another turnover on downs.
The lone score for the Comets came in the fourth quarter when the Spartan kicker dropped the snap and picked it up and ran into the back of the end zone for a safety.