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Mustangs run past Lions for first win of season


Assumption's Troy Beasley (3) and Covenant Christian's Ronkaz Alvis (84) battle for the ball as Assumption's Ty Domainque (6) looks on during Friday's game in Napoleonville. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)


Myles Barr

Sports Correspondent

NAPOLEONVILLE — The only thing sweeter than the sugar cane surrounding Mustang Stadium on Friday was the taste of Assumption's first win of the 2013 season — a 34-11 victory over the Covenant Christian Academy Lions.

Things didn't start off well for the Mustangs (1-3 overall), who were celebrating homecoming.

Thirty seconds into the game, Covenant Christian running back Marquil Daigle took a handoff up the middle and ran 76 yards untouched for a touchdown. Daigle (18 carries, 84 yards, TD) also scored on the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

After forcing Assumption to go three-and-out, the Lions (1-3) got the ball near midfield. On a third-and-8, Lions running back Jordan McKay ran to the sideline and found nothing but a wall of Mustang defenders. He reversed field to turn a loss into a 24-yard gain. Three plays later, Larry Lasseigne hit a 39-yard field goal to extend the Lions' lead to 11-0.

"We can't spot people, regardless of who it is, 11 points," Assumption coach Anthony Paine said. "I was proud of the guys defensively. We stopped the bleeding, so to speak."

Assumption would take back control of the game by relying on the running of Melvin Young (20 carries, 92 yards, kickoff return for touchdown) and Jimmie Wise (15 carries, 81 yards, two TDs).

Young said the Mustangs were not shaken by being down early.

"We never gave up. We just kept fighting to the end," he siad

On their next possession, the Mustangs drove down to the 13-yard line where quarterback Daron Williams (6-of-9, 80 yards, interception) carried two defenders into the end zone with him on a 13-yard touchdown run. Williams and Jordan Bell (two catches, 34 yards) would connect on the two-point conversion to cut the Lions' lead to 11-8 with 3:14 to go in the first quarter.

The teams would trade punts before the Mustangs began a 10 play drive on their own 39.

The drive was kept alive on a fourth down dive by Young. Williams capped off the drive by scoring on an 8-yard sweep. The extra point failed, leaving Assumption with a 14-11 lead.

Assumption got the ball back again after one of Covenant Christian's six punts. This time, Williams took to the air, connecting with four different receivers in a row to bring the ball to the goal line. Fullback Holden Landry ended the drive with a touchdown run making it 20-11 with 2:42 left in the half.

Young started the second half with a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Williams connected with receiver Jaylun Harris on a jump ball in the end zone for the two-point conversion to make it 28-11.

The Lions went on a 12-play drive and brought the ball down to the Mustangs' 13-yard line early in the fourth quarter,. But Assumption's defense prevented the Lions from scoring. Troy Beasley swatted away a potential touchdown pass in the end zone on third down. On the next play, Clay Cooley powered through the Covenant line and sacked quarterback Brock Wunstell (2 for 6) to end the drive.

Assumption's defense held the Lions to just 149 total yards, most of which were gained on the early run by Daigle. Leonard Calloway (13 carries, 44 yards) and Jordan McKay (five carries, 17 yards) struggled to find running room.

Wise scored Assumption's final touchdown on a 21-yard run with 4:45 left to play. He finished with 136 all-purpose yards.

Covenant Christian coach Blyght Wunstell said Friday's game was a learning experience for his players.

"We're going to stay positive," he said. "We're a young football team that stepped up to the plate and played some tough competition. (Friday) we didn't play that well, but at times, we did and we're going to build off the positive. We're going to get ready for district play next week. Like I told our football team, we're some ‘bounce-back individuals' and we're going to come back full-fledged. We believe in what we're doing, and I love them and I'm proud of them".