The Bulldogs of White Castle High will open this football season with only six players returning on the offensive side of the ball and five on defense, making 2018 a rebuilding season for Head Coach Aaron Meyer.
Key losses the team will have to fill for the upcoming season are quarterback Jermie Richard, wide receiver Demarious Stewart and offensive lineman Shawndrick.
It’s not the loss of those players to graduation that bothers Meyer the most, though.
“Our offensive line will need the most work,” he said. “We will be very young and will have to develop as a group.”
That’s going to be no easy task for a team that struggled through a 2-9 record overall last year and 2-4 in district play.
Meyer will be counting on several first-year starters to make up some of the difference the loss of those experienced players he lost from last year.
Sophomore Tahi Favorite, despite his youth and inexperience on the field, will likely be the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback and another sophomore, Keith Landry, could make a difference on offense as a wide receiver.
Meyer said he’s also got high hopes for several returning players. Marcus Williams will make a difference on both sides of the line – as a running back on offense and linebacker on defense – while Javier Batiste will be another player he pins hope on as the ‘Dogs’ wide receiver and defensive back.
Two other players, both seniors, will help White Castle improve on its disappointing finish last year – Unique Young, a defensive back and wide receiver, and Eddie Ned, linebacker and running back.
The maroon and white of the White Castle High Bulldogs will open their season on Aug. 31 in an away game against Belaire High in Baton Rouge.