Locals hit the road for first round of playoffs

Michael Jacobs
White Castle coach Ferrante Dominique offers words of advice to his Bulldogs, who are poised to land a berth in the Class 1A state playoffs. White Castle travels Friday to Mangham for the first round of Class 1A playoff action.

St. John and White Castle both take to the road Friday for the first round of playoff action.

The Eagles, the No. 21 seed, drew 12th-seeded St. Helena for the bi-district playoff round. The Eagles enter the game after a loss against Donaldsonville, who claimed the 7-2A championship.

White Castle, meanwhile, visits No. 6 seed Mangham on Friday. The Bulldogs will make the trip after a 39-18 win alast week against Central Catholic of Morgan City.

The pairings were announced by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Sunday in Baton Rouge.

 The championship will be determined Dec. 13 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

Visiting Donaldsonville High took advantage of five St. John High fumbles, two leading to their scores, to eke out a 13-9 victory last night (Thursday, Nov. 6) and claimed the District 7-2A football crown as a result. Meanwhile, White Castle ends regular season action tonight with a possible share of its district title, while three other teams end their season tonight.

The local SJHS Eagles (6-3) had one final possession inside DHS territory to score, but got no further than the Tiger 35-yard line.

It was the second-straight year DHS trimmed St. John for the district gridiron title. Both entered the title game with perfect 3-0 district marks. The title win allowed Donaldsonville to close out its regular season with an 8-0 record. Both clubs are expected to gain state playoff berths Sunday with the state pairings are announced.

Josh Johnson paced the Eagle offense with 108 yards rushing and their only touchdown on a four-yard run to erase a 13-0 DHS lead in the third quarter.

White Castle, meanwhile, defeated hosting Central Catholic of Morgan City 39-28 in a non-district outing.

The Bulldogs will receive a playoff spot, but missed out on a share of the District 7-1A championship. West St. John defeated Ascension Catholic of Donaldsonville 39-18 to claim sole possession of the district title.

In other action, the Plaquemine Green Devils closed their season with a 49-0 loss against St. Charles Catholic, which claimed a share of the District 8-3A championship with 2007 district front-runner Lutcher. The Green Devils finished 0-8.

Also, North Iberville defeated East Iberville 38-28 in a battle of previously winless teams in Rosedale. North Iberville finished its season 1-7, while East Iberville ended its schedule 0-7.