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Ville Platte travels to Gonzales with playoffs in mind

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After eight games, the Ville Platte High Bulldogs have a less than stellar record as they sit at 2-6 overall and 0-3 in district play.
Yet, despite all of the adversity that Ville Platte has faced this season, the Bulldogs are just two spots out of the playoff picture, ranking No. 34 in the Class 2A power ratings and just four-tenths of a point from the top 32.
What that means is that the Bulldogs have played a very tough schedule throughout the season, especially in district. Every team in Ville Platte’s league is ranked in the top 20 of the power ratings, with Welsh and Notre Dame sitting in the No. 1 spots in Class 2A and Division III respectfully.
“We play in one of the best districts in the state in Class 2A,” stated Ville Platte head coach Jorie Randle. “Week in and week out, it is a challenge to go out and play great football, especially when you are playing that type of competition. But, one thing is for sure, our players have not thrown in the towel. They continue to play with heart and know that with another win they may still get into the post-season.”
The Bulldogs will have that opportunity to pick up another win, as they travel to Gonzales tomorrow night to take on the Ascension Christian Lions. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Ascension Christian is a relatively new school, opening in 2007. They began playing in the LHSAA just this season and do not compete in any district. The Lions are 5-2 on the season and have beaten Class 4A Ben Franklin, Westminster and Delcambre.
Ascension Christian averages 22 points per game on offense and gives up 21.7 points per game on defense. The Lions are riding a four game winning streak and are coming off of a bye week.
“This should be a real good game,” said Randle. “They have about the same amount of players as we do, so that makes us very compatible, especially in the fact that they play a lot of guys both ways. They are a spread team that works out of the pistol and run a lot of zone read stuff,”
“Their quarterback and running back are really good athletes,” he continued. “Defensively, they are not very good, but are very disciplined in what they do. Hopefully we will be able to control the game with the run and keep it out of thier hands.”

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