Coach says Bulldogs played hard in loss to Berwick

Candance Edwards

Coach Ferrante Dominique said his White Castle High Bulldogs played hard from start to finish, but their own youth got in their way of victory as visiting 3-A Berwick High claimed a 13-8 victory over the hosting parish team Friday night.

“We showed our inexperience and youth, but played harder than we did in our previous loss to Brusly. We have a young team this year with only three seniors and five juniors. It showed last night against a Berwick team we probably should have beaten. We had two key turnovers that killed possible scoring efforts. That is just about the whole story, except the boys did play hard and gave it a winning effort,” explained the WCHS mentor Saturday.

The Class A Bulldog hosts played the upper classification visitors to a 0-0 deadlock in the first half, but Berwick’s Panthers rallied in the third period with a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. White Castle roared right back to score its one and only time. Senior running back Jyruss Edwards capped a Bulldog drive with a 3-yard run and added a two-point conversion to give WCHS an 8-6 advantage.

Twice the Bulldogs could have put more points on the board on drives, but a lost fumble and the interception of a halfback pass prevented it from happening. Berwick rallied for a fourth-quarter touchdown to win the game. “Little mistakes like turnovers and execution breakdowns hurt us.

Inexperience hurt us,” noted Coach Dominique, who also noted far too many of his players were cramping up. “We lost a lot of time and fell behind because of that storm, but the Lord blessed us and none of our players or staff were hurt when the storm came through,” he added.

Edwards paced the WCHS offense with 110 yards rushing on 13 carries. Tyre Bracken added another 53 yards on the ground on seven carries. Quarterback Jonathan Roberts rushed for 33 yards and Ronald Martin grabbed an 18-yard pass.

Gerad Carline led the defense with a trio of QB sacks, five tackles behind the line, and eight total tackles. Sha’Michael Valentine also had 8 stops, while Roberts had six tackles. Martin batted away a trio of passes in the secondary.

Berwick finished with 188 yards rushing on the WCHS defense to go with 46 yards in the air. The visiting Panthers hit on 13 of 18 passes for short yardage pickups in the contest. BHS had the edge in first downs (13 to 11) and WCHS had three turnovers, while Berwick had only one. The Bulldogs rushed for 199 yards and added 18 yards passing. Penalty yardage was insignificant and even.

“I’m hoping we get that much needed victory this week. Tensas High is coming to us and they are not a very strong team, so I hope we play the tough, winning host team this week,” said Dominique.

WCHS hosts Tensas High tomorrow (Friday) night at Bulldog Stadium.