Former White Castle High running back standout Dontrell Taylor made a splash on national television Saturday by leading the Nicholls State ground attack in a narrow 26-24 loss to SEC Georgia.
Taylor turned in a team-high 39 yards rushing to go with a 4-yard touchdown run against the stout Georgia Bulldog defense.
Taylor is the son of former WCHS RB standout and later coach Bryant Jones. He was a Class 1-A all-state honorable mention and was a four-year key competitor for the WC Bulldogs, leading in rushing and kick returns.
Meanwhile, former Plaquemine High defensive line standout Kenny Dotson turned in a key situation forced fumble by Georgia, while Tyler St. Germain, a former St. John High standout, turned in some good boots for the Colonels and made a key tackle on a kickoff play to prevent a Georgia touchdown.
And former WCHS QB-DB Chris Major started at defensive back and contributed in the near upset Colonels victory.
Plaquemine High continued to impress as the top Iberville Parish program with a 52-32 victory last week over 3-A Port Allen. The top ten Class 4A ranked Green Devils had previously lost to 5-A top-ranked Brother Martin on a stormy night in New Orleans in their opener. A rout of Brusly, a district and parish rival of Port Allen, was a hint to PHS power in the preseason road jamboree game.
Green Devils have a standout coaching staff, talented players, and good team spirit.
District 6-4 rival St. Michael is off to a 2-0 start with solid ins over Broadmoor and Loranger. But tested even more was league foe Livonia High. They lost to lower classification playoff contender Madison Prep (a 34-0 winner over White Castle last week) by a close 26-22 score; and to 3-A power West Feliciana by a close 28-26 tally. Woodlawn fell to powerful upper classification foes from Hahnville and Destrehan by lopsided scores. And
Belaire moved to 2-0, but played lesser foes than their league rivals.
Iberville Parish 1-A:
All of the Parish’s 6-1A district schools lost in the second week of the season and fell to 0-2 starts.
Iberville Parish clubs White Castle, East Iberville, and St. John were tormented by strong upper and fellow 1-A foes. The WCHS Bulldogs lost to powerful Madison Prep (34-0) and the previous opening week to Brusly (41-12). SJHS fell to an 0-2 start when Brusly laid a second-straight beat down on parish clubs, rolling over the Eagles 46-15. After a shutout loss in opening week to Central CHS, the Eagles tallied their first points of the early season. And East Iberville High Tigers showed a flash of offense in their first season game, but gave up 50 points to False River Academy and 55 to upper classification Albany.
Expected top runners in the District 6-1A, Southern Lab (0-1) and Kentwood (0-2) played up in their first two weeks against strong upper classification foes. Lab battled hard in a 28-26 loss to 3-A power University High, while Kentwood fell to bigger neighboring programs.
Ascension Catholic was the long 6-1A club with a victory in two early games. The Donaldsonville Catholics won their opener over Catholic Pointe Coupee 54-20, but were drilled last week by a 41-14 score by Dunham School.
Ascension Christian claimed victory, but has an early slate against weak Single A competition. They could challenge the parish’s trio later in district play, but a league win for the AC club would be considered a mild upset.
Give WCHS the best shot in league play for the Parish clubs. The Bulldogs are coming off a pair of impressive postseason runs, but Lab and Kentwood are still the headliners as the season progresses.