White Castle only first round grid playoff survive in parish

Tryve Brackin
WCHS’ BIG PLAY…Handing the ball off to number 22 was a big play most of the night for White Castle High last week as Tyree Bracken (22) rushed for 277 yards and four TDs in a 49-24 rout of parish/district rival St. John. Ronald Martin (1) gives the ball off to Bracken as SJHS’ Jared Naquin (11) and Connor Case (7) brace for a tackle. WC’s Dedrick Gore (52) is ready to block.

Three out of the four Iberville Parish prep football teams reached the state playoffs, but only White Castle High survived the first round of action Friday night.

The Bulldogs came very close to repeating their previous District 8-A 12-6 road victory over West St. John High Friday night in White Castle, this time turning back the visiting Rams by a 12-0 score to advance to a Class 1-A regional round game against host Block High next week.

While the home standing Bulldogs advanced, traveling Plaquemine High and St. John dropped first-round games to their respective 3-A and 1-A hosts.

Plaquemine was throttled 38-8 by hosting and Class 3-A top-seeded Notre Dame High in Crowley, while St. John came up short in the final period and fell by a narrow 24-21 count to hosting Metairie Park Country Day High.

WCHS, the 8-A champ, entered its first round game seeded 15th, while visiting league rival was at number 18 seed. WC moved to 8-3 for the season with the 12-point victory and shutout.

PHS was the last 3-A team to garner a playoff berth at number 32 after a 5-5 regular season showing. They were paired with top-seeded Notre Dame in Crowley. The Green Devils fell behind 17-0 at halftime and never caught up.

St. John, seeded 23rd in 1-A after finishing third in the local 8-a district race, was paired against 10th seeded Country Day. The Eagles did manage to catch up in the second half after falling behind 17-0 at halftime, but they fell short by three points and closed at 5-6 overall like cross town city neighbor Plaquemine High.