Edwards leads Bulldogs to fifth season win, WCHS heads to playoffs as 9-A runner-up

Tryve Brackin

White Castle High senior Jyruss Edwards hit full stride Friday night as he led his Bulldog football team to its fifth win of the season and a 39-28 road victory over non-district fellow Class A host Central Catholic High of Morgan City.

The 2007 state prep leading rusher had one of his best games of this season as he piled up 359 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. He and his teammates rallied in the second half to overcome a 28-24 CCMC lead with defense and two of the senior running back’s four scores.

The road victory boosted Coach Ferrante Dominique’s Castlemen to a 5-3 regular season finish. While the Bulldogs were out scoring the Central CHS boys in Morgan City, District 9-A rival West St. John was trashing Ascension CHS by a 39-18 tally. The WSJHS victory and ACHS loss, gave the White Castle boys the undisputed district runner-up honors for the second year in a row. The Bulldogs were waiting for Sunday’s playoff pairings (see SPECTATOR column) as the second-place 9-A representative.

The win over Central CHS helped boost the Bulldogs’ power rating for the season. Coach Dominique’s Castlemen claimed decisive wins over league foes ACHS and North and East Iberville. They lost the league title to West St. John for the second year in a row via their only league defeat, finishing 3-1 in the 9-A. West St. John closed out with a 4-0 league mark and the Rams’ second-straight 9-A gridiron title.

Friday’s road win gave the Bulldogs a 2-2 non-district record. After having their first two games against Northlake Christian and Donaldsonville cancelled due to Hurricane Gustav damage, the Castlemen lost back-to-back games to upper classification 3-A foes Brusly and Berwick. The Bulldogs routed Class A Tensas and won Friday’s road game for their two non-league victories.

The cancellation of two games and a bout with early season injuries kept Edwards well below his rushing pace as a junior, but the senior closed out the regular season with a trio of solid performances in district as well as his standout effort in Morgan City Friday night. The Bulldog rushed for 217 yards from scrimmage. He also returned a trio of punts for 142 yards. Edwards contributed three TDs on rushes of 34, 3, and 12 yards from scrimmage. His fourth touchdown came on a 58-yard punt return.

Joining Edwards’ efforts were senior fullback Brian Singleton and backup running back Tyree Bracken.